Editor's note: CT Movies has a clear mission statement, which includes "informing and equipping Christian moviegoers to make discerning choices about films through timely coverage, insightful reviews and interviews, educated opinion, and relevant news—all from a biblical worldview." Precisely how to accomplish that is something we're always discussing: What exactly does that mission "look like" in our coverage? A number of readers—including some media personalities—have raised some questions about our coverage, especially in the wake of our annual best-of-the-year lists, which often include some films that are not "family-friendly." Some have even questioned our Christian commitment. In the wake of these good questions, we need to stand ready with an answer.
One of our film critics, Jeffrey Overstreet, has written the following commentary, partly in response to some of these questions, and partly to explain his personal philosophy of reviewing movies. Even though Overstreet is speaking primarily for himself here, much of what he writes applies to all of us at CT Movies—and to what we're trying to accomplish. We think it's an excellent primer for anyone who wants to better understand how we think and operate.
Has Christianity Today Movies gone off the deep end when it includes R-rated—and decidedly non-family-friendly—films in its best-of-the-year lists? Are we missing something when we give good reviews to movies that depict sinful behavior—or when we give less-than-stellar reviews to "Christian" films?
Have we lost our minds?
And so go some of the questions we sometimes get from readers. They're good questions, and they deserve an answer.
I'll start by saying that all of us writing ...1
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