Hitch Proves Romantic Comedies Can Be Funny and Ethical
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.
Gibson's Passion Outraces Hidalgo at Box Office
Critics continue to throw punches over The Passion of The Christ. Christian film critics find Hidalgo ho-hum, take The Reckoning seriously, debate Starsky and Hutch, shoot Club Dread dead, and hang ABC's TV movie Judas.
Christian film critics find Hidalgo ho-hum, take The Reckoning seriously, debate Starsky and Hutch, shoot Club Dread dead, and hang ABC's TV movie Judas.
Flight, Fright, or Fractions?
Foster's tense in Flightplan. Burton's brilliant with Corpse Bride. Paltrow's brainy in Proof. Wood's wide-eyed in Everything Is Illuminated. Plus: Roll Bounce, and more reviews of Lord of War and Just Like Heaven
Joining the reviewers who raved in last week's Film Forum for Tim Burton's animated fairy tale Corpse Bride, Russ Breimeier (Christianity Today Movies) says, "Rest easy, families.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Verdict
The Narnia reviews are in, and many Christian critics press find it good but not great, expressing differing degrees of dissatisfaction. Plus, religious press reviews of Syriana, and another look at Pride & Prejudice.
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe stirred up more hype and suspicion about Christianity's uncomfortable relationship with Hollywood than any film since Mel
The Christians Are Coming!
Christian Frank Peretti hands in less-than-horrifying Hangman's Curse. In The Fighting Temptations and Matchstick Men, a choir director and a con artist clean up their acts, but Christian press critics are more impressed with Lost in Translation. Plus: Reviews of Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, The Order, The Gospel of John, Cabin Fever, Thirteen, and more.
A few weeks back, Film Forum sorted through portrayals of Christians on the big screen. Some were convincing, even if the characters portrayed were flawed.
Zombies Conquer Box Office, Topple Passion
What Christian critics are saying about Dawn of the Dead, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Taking Lives, Secret Window, Agent Cody Banks 2, and The Passion.
Next week in Film Forum: Tom Hanks plays the Alec Guinness role in the Coen Brothers' remake of The Ladykillers, and Ben Affleck goes back to basics in Kevin Smith's tribute to
Dukes Are Hazzardous to Your Health
Christian critics are not amused by The Dukes of Hazzard, but are applauding Bill Murray in Broken Flowers and a boy and his cheetah in Duma. Plus, more reviews of Sky High, March of the Penguins, Murderball, and Stealth.
Peter T. Chattaway has filled in the last two weeks for Jeffrey Overstreet, our regular Film Forum writer. Overstreet will return on August 18. Copyright © 2005 Christianity Today.
Junk Movies and a Movie About Junk Food
Super Size Me is a must-see for those concerned about their diet, culture, and kids. Meanwhile, film critics flee the theatres after suffering through Van Helsing and New York Minute. Some find interesting alternatives in Dogville, Godsend, Mean Girls, and many other current releases.
Meanwhile, film critics flee the theatres after suffering through Van Helsing and New York Minute. Spurlock's film explores much more than the disintegration of his health.
Nativity Story Delights Some, Disappoints Others
Christian film critics have mixed feelings about Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story. Plus, For Your Consideration, Volver, Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, and Turistas.
Volver is already one of 2006's cinematic gems.". So far, no other Christian press film critics have reviewed the film. Film Forum will offer links to more reviews as they become available.
The Fountain, Dé jé Vu, Bobby, Bond and more ...;
The Fountain bewilders and Dé jé Vu puzzles. Plus, Christian film critics respond to Casino Royale, Happy Feet, Bobby, Fast Food Nation, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Deck the Halls, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Let's Go to Prison, and more views on Deliver Us from Evil, The Departed, The Last King of Scotland, Stranger than Fiction, The Queen, Babel, and One Night with the King.
Film Forum took a holiday last week in order to relax, enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, and count many blessings. This week, as a direct result of taking time
Excruciating? Excellent? Reviews of The Passion of The Christ
The reviews are finally in for The Passion of The Christ. Plus, Oscar speculation, and reviews of The Return, Touching the Void, My Architect, Welcome to Mooseport, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Against the Ropes, and more.
There has been news on an almost weekly basis ever since. Film Forum readers even shared their suggestions on how to make a good Jesus movie.
Duff Raises her Voice, Latifah Drives Her Taxi
Christian critics review Raise Your Voice, Taxi, Friday Night Lights, The Motorcycle Diaries and Bright Young Things; offer more on Monty Python's The Life of Brian, Shark Tale, Ladder 49, and Shaun of the Dead; and take a new look at the significance of Blade Runner.
Shaun of the Dead:Carole McDonnell (Film Forum) rates the film highly—for a zombie movie. "This is a better film than most zombie flicks, and certainly better than Resident Evil.
Nostalgia for Tomorrow's Simple Fun
Christian film critics review Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Mr. 3000 and Wimbledon. Plus: Silver City, A Dirty Shame, Cellular, What the Bleep Do We Know?, a philosophical look at The Passion, Disney's new video The Three Musketeers, and Star Wars creator George Lucas's stubborn artistic pride.
by Peter T. Chattaway | October 29, 2009. Editor's note: Jeffrey Overstreet, our regular Film Forum writer, is on vacation. Peter Chattaway is pinch-hitting this week.
Spielberg's Serious Soul-Searching in Munich
Christian film critics review Munich, Fun with Dick & Jane, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Producers, Rumor Has It ...;, and Casanova. Plus, further reviews of Brokeback Mountain, Memoirs of a Geisha, and King Kong.
Christian film critics review Munich, Fun with Dick & Jane, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Producers, Rumor Has It ...;, and Casanova. In this film, it's a little more 'all's well that ends well.'".
The World's Biggest-Grossing Star Has Another Hit
Critics consider Coach Carter, Racing Stripes, and Elektra, as well as The Merchant of Venice, Bad Education, A Love Song for Bobby Long, and Les Choristes. Plus: More reviews of In Good Company, White Noise, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda.
More reviews of recent releases. In Good Company: Two weeks ago, Film Forum featured an early look at In Good Company, along with some comments from cast members.
Passion, a Teen Porn Star, and a Period Piece
Critics punish The Girl Next Door, but some will remember The Alamo. Ella Enchanted fails to enchant, The Whole Ten Yards doesn't measure up, and Johnson Family Vacation gets lost. Plus: Good Bye Lenin! And more reviews of Dogville and Home on the Range.
If other religious press reviews of this film become available, Film Forum will feature them in the upcoming weeks. More on Dogville and Home on the Range.
Does Saved! Condemn Christian High Schools?
News comes in on "the most spiritual film of all time," the Best of 2003, and The Passion of The Christ. A pregnant teen is persecuted by gay-hating evangelical Christians in Saved! Religious press critics review The Big Bounce and The Perfect Score, and You Got Served, examine new DVD releases, consider nudity in Calendar Girls, argue over The Butterfly Effect, and highlight themes in Oscar-nominated films.
Miller's examination recalls the healthy debate on the subject that was featured in Film Forum a couple of years ago. Here is a link to a conversation that
Winter Solstice Earns Warmer Reception than Sahara or Fever Pitch
Christian press desert Sahara, applaud Fever Pitch, and cheer Winter Solstice. Plus, reviews of Saint Ralph, and more responses to Sin City, Millions, Million Dollar Baby, and The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Saint Ralph introduces another young hero full of faith. Film Forum has been counting the raves for Danny Boyle's film, Millions, for several weeks. Now
Evangelical Teens Are the Villains in Saved!
Christian critics respond to the unflattering satire Saved! Plus: Reviews of The Day After Tomorrow, Raising Helen, Soul Plane, and continuing reviews of Shrek 2 and Super Size Me, and Troy, plus a critical look at the way the press handled The Passion of The Christ.
Almost exactly a year ago, Film Forum featured a survey of critics and readers regarding portrayals of Christians in film. Which were the most profound examples of Christians onscreen?
Time on Christians at the Movies; Collateral Cruises
Time magazine on the church's changing attitudes about film. Plus: Religious press critics review Collateral, Open Water, Garden State, Little Black Book, A Home at the End of the World, Code 46, Maria Full of Grace, The Village, The Manchurian Candidate, and Thunderbirds.
Film Forum will excerpt other religious press reviews of the film when they are posted or published. Mainstream press reviews are available here. Garden