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The Devout

The Devout is a new addition to the faith-based genre, and it’s actually a pretty cool flick.  You don’t often hear “cool” in the same discussion as recent faith-based cinema, so I assume I already have your attention.

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The Young Messiah

Religious views may vary, but everyone could agree on how boring The Young Messiah is.  The film walks and talks, talks and walks, and occasionally stops for characters to exchange exposition or inspiration.  The Young Messiah made me restless in ways few movies have.

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Moms’ Night Out

By: Addison Wylie Moms’ Night Out is a tame movie.  It’s tamer than tame.  If movies were made from the fabric that makes those mattresses they drop bowling balls on to show you how soothing your sleeping habits will be, Moms’ Night Out would be the ideal prototype. The film isn’t worthy of being labeled “bad”.  That status goes to movies that try to achieve something, and flounder in spectacular ways.  Moms’ Night Out doesn’t…

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God’s Not Dead

By: Addison Wylie God’s Not Dead – one of the many mainstream films to be released this year that central around religion – is a project that’s easy for select opinionated movie goers to pile on.  With its earnest ambitions and its obvious preferences as to who the film is geared towards, some are ready to stamp Harold Cronk’s movie as manipulative pap just by viewing the trailer. Well, curiosity got the best of me…

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Noah

By: Addison Wylie I wasn’t going to see Noah to look for religious inaccuracies and become very picky about its epic portrayal of Noah’s Ark.  I left my biblical checklist at home. I went into Noah wanting to see how a creative filmmaker like Darren Aronofsky could handle a big budget blockbuster, and wanting to observe how well his integrity would float in mainstream waters.  This would be a first for the Oscar-nominated director who…

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Linsanity

By: Addison Wylie Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin had a rise to fame that was the epitome of an underdog story. Having set aspirations to become an athlete someday, Lin rarely winced when faced with challenges.  He played basketball because he enjoyed it, planted reasonable expectations while cementing his priorities, and gained notoriety by naturally being a talented player. Evan Jackson Leong’s uplifting doc doesn’t phonily paint Lin as such an upstanding individual.  He simply comes…