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
The First Official Passion of the Christ Reviews … and 50 First Dates
Moviegoers must wait a few more days for The Passion of the Christ, but the reviews are already coming in. Plus: Mel Gibson talks to PrimeTime, and the Passion debates continue. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have 50 First Dates, and one Christian film critic wonders why viewers are ignoring Peter Pan.
Movies with Morals
Versatile director Danny Boyle, the man behind Millions, has made some inventive films that are quite steeped in stories of morality. But he's a little reluctant to admit it ….
Christians as a 'Niche' Market?
The Biola Media Conference included lively debates about Hollywood's efforts to reach a Christian audience. The opportunities are exciting, but are the results much good?
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.
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.