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.
I Am David Is Like a Passion Cast Party
Religious press critics consider I Am David, Closer, House of Flying Daggers, and Blade: Trinity. Plus, more reviews of Christmas with the Kranks, A Very Long Engagement, Finding Neverland, Kinsey, and National Treasure.
Madagascar Mediocre, Sandler Stumbles
Christian film critics find Madagascar muddled and say The Longest Yard falls short. But The Ninth Day, about a Catholic priest during the Holocaust, earns enthusiastic raves.
Critics Hailing Batman Begins and Howl's Moving Castle
Film critics are calling Batman Begins "masterful" and Howl's Moving Castle "a joy to behold." But they're not so pleased with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Honeymooners, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D, or High Tension. Plus: 5x2, Heights, and a new review of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Critics find the flaws in Chasing Liberty and My Baby's Daddy, and continue to examine current favorites like The Station Agent, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Cold Mountain, Big Fish, Monster, Radio and To End All Wars.
Responding to Our Readers
Jeffrey Overstreet addresses reader reactions about profanity in movies—and about his take on the topic.
The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2004
Saviors were everywhere at the multiplex last year, with everything from superheroes to the Savior himself—all with a story of redemption to share with the world.
Have We Lost Our Minds?
How can CT Movies say good things about films with questionable content—and give poor reviews to "Christian" movies? In this reply, one of our critics gets at the heart of what we're all about.
Movies That Changed My Life
In an excerpt from his new book, Through a Screen Darkly, CT Movies critic Jeffrey Overstreet tells how certain films opened his eyes wider than ever, enabling him to look closer than ever before.
Watch … and Listen
Three documentaries—highlighting hymns, hillbillies, and African AIDS orphans—bring cultures and conflict to life through music.
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.
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.
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.