Oscars Seem Likely to Crown King; Butterfly Has Bad Effect
Oscar nominations put crowns on return of the King, but Gimli and Aragorn are in trouble for 'cultural' remarks. Meanwhile, religious press film critics shake off The Butterfly Effect and review The Company and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Plus: More about The Passion of the Christ, Along Came Polly, Teacher's Pet, and Torque.
A conversation with Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry, the brilliant minds behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which opens Friday.
Narnia Director Speaks Out
Andrew Adamson says directing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is "kind of like a gift." Plus: Halle Berry gets Razzed; Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide; Tom Cruise brings Scientology to the set.
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.
About an Abortionist
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.
Critics Post Best-of-2004 Lists, Slam Current Fare
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.
Reviews Might Make Mad Black Woman Madder
Christian film critics consider Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Cursed, Rory O'Shea Was Here, and Man of the House. Plus: More reviews of Hotel Rwanda, Because of Winn-Dixie, Constantine, and The Merchant of Venice.
Cinderella Man a Hard-Hitting Crowd-pleaser
Christian critics praise Cinderella Man, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Rock School, and Mad Hot Ballroom, but not Lords of Dogtown. Plus: More reviews of Madagascar and Hotel Rwanda
A Warm & Fuzzy Kevin Smith?
Well, not quite. But the normally crass writer/director toned it down for Jersey Girl, where the young father wears his heart on his sleeve.
Two films chronicle China's endeavor to flood entire cultures via the "progress" of building the world's largest dam.
Tolkien's Epic Wins 11 Overdue Oscars; Passion "Grosses" Greatly
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ties the Oscar record. The Passion of The Christ, a "loser" with critics, is a box office blockbuster. Meanwhile, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is dirty and dumb, Twisted is torture, Eurotrip is trash, and Clifford's Big Movie charms the kids.
Taking the NY Times to Task
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.
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.