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Mel Gibson Produces "Immoral" FilmSubscriber Access Only
Paparazzi makes a hero out of a photographer-killer. Plus: Vanity Fair, Wicker Park, Danny Deckchair, The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, The Cookout, and more reviews of Hero and Before Sunset.
Last week, Film Forum marked the arrival of director Mira Nair's adaptation of the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, by posting links to early reviews at Catholic News
Batman Begins: The Best Superhero Film Ever?Subscriber Access Only
More Christian critics review Batman Begins. Plus, reviews of Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Perfect Man, and more perspectives on Howl's Moving Castle, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D.
Last week's Film Forum covered reviews of this week's box office champion, Batman Begins—including Todd Hertz's glowing review for Christianity Today Movies.
Superman Returns, but Is That a Good Thing?Subscriber Access Only
The return of the Man of Steel earns mixed reviews, and Click should be turned off. Plus, reviews of The King, The Proposition, Waist Deep, Wordplay, and another review of Cars.
Note: Normally, Film Forum would have included more Superman reviews from other Christian media. More Superman Returns reviews will be included in next week's Film Forum.
Da Vinci Draws JeersSubscriber Access Only
Cannes critics callous about Code, but the movie deviates from book in that the main character, played by Tom Hanks, entertains notion that Jesus might be God after all. Plus: Christian critics slam Poseidon and Just My Luck, but applaud Goal! The Dream Begins.
press screeners. Our review will post on Friday, and next week's Film Forum will include a roundup of reactions from Christian critics. Poseidon Capsizes.
Hero Draws High PraiseSubscriber Access Only
Hero's a hit with audiences and critics. Religious press critics review Vanity Fair, Suspect Zero, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2, plus more reviews of Open Water, Exorcist: The Beginning, She Hate Me, Without a Paddle, The Story of the Weeping Camel, The Corporation, De-Lovely, and Garden State.
Last week, Film Forum featured two reviews, both giving the film top marks. Carole McDonnell (The Film Forum) raves, "Hero is a martial arts film for those who hate martial arts films.
Critics Post Best-of-2004 Lists, Slam Current FareSubscriber Access Only
Christian film critics pick their favorites of 2004, and warn moviegoers: Don't go looking for Hide and Seek. Alone in the Dark should have stayed in the dark. Plus: Aliens of the Deep, Les Choristes, Are We There Yet?, Coach Carter, and Million Dollar Baby.
Here are some lists from other religious press critics I monitor for Film Forum material: These films have been covered more extensively in previous editions of Film Forum.
Secret Window, Secret AgentsSubscriber Access Only
Depp shines through Secret Window, Mamet makes Spartan spark, but Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London stumbles. Plus: more on The Reckoning, Hidalgo, Starsky and Hutch, My Architect, The Passion of The Christ, and how the Bible can revitalize art in culture.
story. Related: • Film Forum interviews the writer and director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Steve Lansingh (The Film Forum) disagrees. He
Good Dog, Bad DogSubscriber Access Only
After seeing Benji: Off the Leash!, some Christian critics want to adopt him, others to impound him. Plus: Hero, Exorcist: The Beginning, Without a Paddle, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Riding Giants, and more reviews of Open Water, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and Alien vs. Predator.
More religious press reviews will be included in next week's Film Forum. Steve Lansingh (Film Forum) says it suffers "from a severe overload of the ridiculous.
About an AbortionistSubscriber Access Only
Mike Leigh's film Vera Drake impresses religious press with its treatment of a sensitive subject. Plus: The Grudge, Primer, Surviving Christmas, Spin, Stage Beauty, and more reviews of The Final Cut, Thé rèse, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Luther.
Film Forum will feature more religious press reviews in the coming weeks as they become available. Mainstream critics are divided over the film, but
A Formula Thriller, a Lousy Sequel, a Remake, and a RevisionSubscriber Access Only
Christian film critics review Cellular, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Criminal, and THX 1138: The Director's Cut, What the #$*! Do We Know? Plus: Mean Creek, Paparazzi, Vanity Fair and The Cookout.
More reviews of Paparazzi, Vanity Fair, and The Cookout. This week, religious press critics continued to examine films that Film Forum has covered in previous weeks.
Critics Throw Constan-tantrumsSubscriber Access Only
Constantine—;a convoluted mess of Christian terminology, or a worthwhile discussion starter? Plus: Critics respond to Because of Winn-Dixie, Son of the Mask, and Assisted Living
Kevin Miller (Film Forum) says, "While the theology of this film is far from orthodox, the themes and questions it raises are a different story. Few Christian
Upside of Anger, Downside of The Ring Two, Inside of Gunner PalaceSubscriber Access Only
Christian film critics praise The Upside of Anger, criticize The Ring Two, visit Gunner Palace, cheer for Disney's Ice Princess, and rave about Dear Frankie. Plus, In My Country, Schultze Gets the Blues, and more reviews of Born Into Brothels, Robots, The Passion Recut, Millions, and Million Dollar Baby. Finally, a couple DVDs worth noting: The Dust Factory and Buechner.
DVDs worth noting: The Dust Factory and Buechner. Film Forum typically focuses on films currently playing in theatres, but here are two DVDs of note.
The Mixed Reviews of Emily RoseSubscriber Access Only
The Exorcism of Emily Rose stirs up a film critics' fracas. Plus, reviews of The Man, An Unfinished Life, Echoes of Innocence, and further responses to The Constant Gardener and Underclassman.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose stirs up a film critics' fracas. Scary or annoying? Critics are severely divided over writer/director Scott Derrickson's horror film The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
I, Re-HashSubscriber Access Only
Will Smith's I, Robot is full of summer movie cliché s but lacks Asimov. A Cinderella Story gets bad reviews from all ages. The Door in the Floor leads to mixed reviews. Plus, Napoleon Dynamite, Maria Full of Grace, and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.
Best movie currently playing has great performances by … camels? Last week, Film Forum featured reviews of The Story of the Weeping Camel. I have
Mission Mediocre; Who Gives a Hoot?Subscriber Access Only
Christian film critics debate whether or not the Mission: Impossible franchise should remain on active duty. Meanwhile, critics shoot Hoot and skip An American Haunting; plus, more reviews of United 93 and Akeelah and the Bee.
Jeffrey Overstreet, our regular Film Forum writer, is taking the month off. Josh Hurst, one of our film critics, is filling in. Copyright © 2006 Christianity Today. Click for reprint information.
LB OK, Dreamer Delightful, Doom DumbSubscriber Access Only
Christian critics OK with Left Behind: World at War, cheer for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story and North Country, fire on Doom, puzzle over Stay, and turn in more reviews of Elizabethtown, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Jeffrey Overstreet| October 29, 2009. Last weekend, more than 3,200 churches presented Left Behind: World at War, the third film in the series based on the bestselling books.
Nudity, Murder, and Euthanasia ... Welcome to 2004Subscriber Access Only
While critics post 2003 favorites, and 2004's film calendar lurches into view, religious press critics consider Monster, Calendar Girls, The Barbarian Invasions.
hours: The Passion of the Christ. Film Forum has been following the controversies surrounding the film for almost a year. At last, audiences will be able
Moviegoers Choose Between Aviator, Life Aquatic, Unfortunate Events, and Hotel RwandaSubscriber Access Only
Christian film critics review The Aviator, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hotel Rwanda, Flight of the Phoenix, and Spanglish.
Christian film critics review The Aviator, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Hotel Rwanda, Flight of the Phoenix, and Spanglish.
Taking the NY Times to TaskSubscriber Access Only
A Passion-ate rebuke of The New York Times. Revenge and style quench Man on Fire. Life lessons elevate 13 Going on 30. Excessive sex and despair cause Young Adam to fall. Plus more on The Alamo.
Plus more on The Alamo. by Jeffrey Overstreet | October 29, 2009. It's been almost a month since Film Forum included any updates on media coverage of The Passion of The Christ.
Hitch Proves Romantic Comedies Can Be Funny and EthicalSubscriber Access Only
Hitch lacks the usual romantic-comedy glitches. Plus: Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Uncle Nino, Bride and Prejudice, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, and more reviews of Hotel Rwanda and The Chorus.
More reviews of recent releases. Film Forum has covered these films more extensively in previous editions. But here are links to new reviews of now-playing titles.
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