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.
Christians in Hollywood: Now What?
Pop culture analyst Craig Detweiler says Christians are long past merely trying to get a foot in the door in the film industry. Now that they've got a seat at the table, where do they go from here?
One Stunning Island
Thanks to a film distributor called Film Movement, you too can discover rare and foreign cinematic treats like The Island and many more.
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.
A Week of Bloody Revenge
Kill Bill Vol. 2 and The Punisher indulge audience appetites for violence, while Connie and Carla "validate" homosexual behavior. Plus more reviews of Hellboy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Matrix trilogy, and The Gospel of John.
King Arthur Struggles in Quest for Good Reviews
Christian film critics are divided over King Arthur, unite against Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and disapprove of Sleepover. Plus: More on Fahrenheit 9/11, Spider-Man 2, and America's Heart and Soul.
Good Dog, Bad Dog
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.
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.
Fockers Flock to Top, but Flop with Critics
Christian critics consider Meet the Fockers, Fat Albert, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woodsman, Beyond the Sea, Darkness, and offer more reviews of Hotel Rwanda, The Aviator, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.