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Movie Reviews

From a biblical perspective

Where the Big Screen meets the Good Book

Catholic visionary Maria Valtorta quoted Jesus as saying, "I am wherever there is life or a manifestation of life. Wherever a wise man meditates, a sculptor sculpts, a poet writes, ... I am there together with Him from Whom I come. ... I am there with the Most High Creator" (333).

John W. Whitehead, on "GOD AND FILM" writes, "In this chaotic age, people are increasingly seeking something outside themselves to give order and meaning to their lives. While painting once tackled these questions, modern film now addresses this search, which inevitably includes the subject of God. Of all the artistic forms throughout the ages, film may be the most suitable forum for the discussion of religion and God" (267).

If Jesus is in all works of art, and especially in film, then movies should yield that influence through comparison with the Bible. Such I have tried to do in these my reviews, updated weekly, by including an Ideology section in each of them. I don't have a particular point to make other than finding a biblical comparison most apropos to the material.

I follow standard content ratings for a Christian in line with (I Cor. 10:27-28) "If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; what­soever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." The feast for eyes is a movie and the invite is per age group and/or caution. If you're disposed to see it and are old enough or receiving guidance, be my guest and just ignore the objectionable parts. Don't get all worked up over what's best ignored.

Movie genres


Action | Adventure | Biography | Comedy | Crime | Documentary | Drama | Fantasy | Film Noir | History | Horror | Music/al | Mystery | Romance | Sci-Fi | Sport | Thriller | War | Western |

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Civil War 2024R☆☆☆☆ Four photojournalists traipse across the war-torn country to interview the president for his last words.
The Fall Guy 2024PG-13☆☆☆☆ A recuperating stuntman reenters the fray to pursue his lost flame now the director.
Hardwired 2009R☆☆☆☆ A future society's all-powerful corporations are chipping our heads to generate experimental ads. Resistance emerges.
Kidnap 2017R☆☆☆☆★ A feisty single mom must fight her son's dad for custody and a kidnap ring for possession of her six-year-old.
The Mod Squad 1999R☆☆☆ Three young felons are freed to work undercover where the fuzz cannot go. They get betrayed.
Murder At 1600 1997R☆☆☆☆ A dead body in the White House is a false flag for sinister machinations, justice be damned.
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
Silent Night 2023R☆☆☆☆☆ Gang violence promotes some gangbangers to the top of Santa's naughty list, and one royally p.o. dad delivers.
Transfusion 2023R☆☆☆ A widower cum ex-soldier has his hands full with a traumatized teen, civilian life and drug culture.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
An Angel For May 2002TV-G☆☆☆☆ Coming of age w/a side trip to the Twilight Zone. Kid's time zone portal is passed off as imagination.
Civil War 2024R☆☆☆☆ Four photojournalists traipse across the war-torn country to interview the president for his last words.
The $cheme 2003R☆☆☆ Some bad boys & a good girl gone bad are playing each other.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Anyone But You 2023R☆☆☆ After a false start in the U.S., a prospective NE couple makes time at his friend's/her sister's wedding down under.
Brides­maids 2011R☆☆☆☆☆ An eclectic mix of bridesmaids in their 20's–30's tackles the challenge of orchestrating a proper wedding.
Cheech & Chong's
Hey Watch This
2010R☆☆☆☆ Cheech and Chong's live concert taken from their Light Up America and Canada Tour.
The Devil Wears Prada 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A shamefaced midwestern sweetheart is challenged by her new job in an unfamiliar fashion industry.
Dream Scenario 2023R☆☆☆☆ An unlikely professor appears in random people's dreams that eventually turn into nightmares.
The Fall Guy 2024PG-13☆☆☆☆ A recuperating stuntman reenters the fray to pursue his lost flame now the director.
Me, Myself & Irene 2000R☆☆☆☆ A cuckolded RI state trooper goes mental as he unwittingly escorts a ditsy suspect into her ex's trap.
The Object of Beauty 1991R☆☆☆☆ A couple expatriates short on finances but long on love reevaluate their priorities.
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
The $cheme 2003R☆☆☆ Some bad boys & a good girl gone bad are playing each other.
Sweet Home Alabama 2002PG-13☆☆☆☆ Before her society wedding can take place, an erstwhile country girl must bury her past.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Copycat 1995R☆☆☆☆ A retired shrink w/a traumatic history helps clueless SFPD catch a serial killer who imitates the world's greatest.
Kidnap 2017R☆☆☆☆★ A feisty single mom must fight her son's dad for custody and a kidnap ring for possession of her six-year-old.
The Mod Squad 1999R☆☆☆ Three young felons are freed to work undercover where the fuzz cannot go. They get betrayed.
Murder At 1600 1997R☆☆☆☆ A dead body in the White House is a false flag for sinister machinations, justice be damned.
The Object of Beauty 1991R☆☆☆☆ A couple expatriates short on finances but long on love reevaluate their priorities.
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
Transfusion 2023R☆☆☆ A widower cum ex-soldier has his hands full with a traumatized teen, civilian life and drug culture.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Cheech & Chong's
Hey Watch This
2010R☆☆☆☆ Cheech and Chong's live concert taken from their Light Up America and Canada Tour.
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
An Angel For May 2002TV-G☆☆☆☆ Coming of age w/a side trip to the Twilight Zone. Kid's time zone portal is passed off as imagination.
Civil War 2024R☆☆☆☆ Four photojournalists traipse across the war-torn country to interview the president for his last words.
Copycat 1995R☆☆☆☆ A retired shrink w/a traumatic history helps clueless SFPD catch a serial killer who imitates the world's greatest.
The Devil Wears Prada 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A shamefaced midwestern sweetheart is challenged by her new job in an unfamiliar fashion industry.
The Fall Guy 2024PG-13☆☆☆☆ A recuperating stuntman reenters the fray to pursue his lost flame now the director.
A Few Good Men 1992R☆☆☆☆☆ Inexperienced lawyers mount a shaky defense for some wrongly accused soldiers.
The Good Life 2007R☆☆☆ A young man in the doldrums meets his soul mate and moves on with his life.
Murder At 1600 1997R☆☆☆☆ A dead body in the White House is a false flag for sinister machinations, justice be damned.
The Object of Beauty 1991R☆☆☆☆ A couple expatriates short on finances but long on love reevaluate their priorities.
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
Rendition 2007R☆☆☆★ Two hapless pawns in the war against terror are due for rude awakenings.
Transfusion 2023R☆☆☆ A widower cum ex-soldier has his hands full with a traumatized teen, civilian life and drug culture.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
An Angel For May 2002TV-G☆☆☆☆ Coming of age w/a side trip to the Twilight Zone. Kid's time zone portal is passed off as imagination.
Haeckel's Tale 2006R☆☆☆ A widower must suffer hearing a witch's tale before she'll reanimate his departed for him.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Good Life 2007R☆☆☆ A young man in the doldrums meets his soul mate and moves on with his life.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Dream Scenario 2023R☆☆☆☆ An unlikely professor appears in random people's dreams that eventually turn into nightmares.
Don't Hang Up 2016R☆☆☆☆★ Graduating seniors face consequences from an ill-advised prank. What goes around comes around.
Haeckel's Tale 2006R☆☆☆ A widower must suffer hearing a witch's tale before she'll reanimate his departed for him.
The Strangers:
Chapter 1
2024R☆☆☆☆ A dating couple on a road trip will likely become a statistic. First installment of a trilogy.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Good Life 2007R☆☆☆ A young man in the doldrums meets his soul mate and moves on with his life.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Murder At 1600 1997R☆☆☆☆ A dead body in the White House is a false flag for sinister machinations, justice be damned.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Anyone But You 2023R☆☆☆ After a false start in the U.S., a prospective NE couple makes time at his friend's/her sister's wedding down under.
Brides­maids 2011R☆☆☆☆☆ An eclectic mix of bridesmaids in their 20's–30's tackles the challenge of orchestrating a proper wedding.
The Fall Guy 2024PG-13☆☆☆☆ A recuperating stuntman reenters the fray to pursue his lost flame now the director.
The Good Life 2007R☆☆☆ A young man in the doldrums meets his soul mate and moves on with his life.
The $cheme 2003R☆☆☆ Some bad boys & a good girl gone bad are playing each other.
The Strangers:
Chapter 1
2024R☆☆☆☆ A dating couple on a road trip will likely become a statistic. First installment of a trilogy.
Sweet Home Alabama 2002PG-13☆☆☆☆ Before her society wedding can take place, an erstwhile country girl must bury her past.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Dream Scenario 2023R☆☆☆☆ An unlikely professor appears in random people's dreams that eventually turn into nightmares.
Hardwired 2009R☆☆☆☆ A future society's all-powerful corporations are chipping our heads to generate experimental ads. Resistance emerges.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
A Few Good Men 1992R☆☆☆☆☆ Inexperienced lawyers mount a shaky defense for some wrongly accused soldiers.
The Good Life 2007R☆☆☆ A young man in the doldrums meets his soul mate and moves on with his life.
Pain & Gain 2013R☆☆☆☆ Three body builders with third rate minds work their way to incarceration or worse. One finds Jesus.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Civil War 2024R☆☆☆☆ Four photojournalists traipse across the war-torn country to interview the president for his last words.
Copycat 1995R☆☆☆☆ A retired shrink w/a traumatic history helps clueless SFPD catch a serial killer who imitates the world's greatest.
A Few Good Men 1992R☆☆☆☆☆ Inexperienced lawyers mount a shaky defense for some wrongly accused soldiers.
Kidnap 2017R☆☆☆☆★ A feisty single mom must fight her son's dad for custody and a kidnap ring for possession of her six-year-old.
The Mod Squad 1999R☆☆☆ Three young felons are freed to work undercover where the fuzz cannot go. They get betrayed.
Murder At 1600 1997R☆☆☆☆ A dead body in the White House is a false flag for sinister machinations, justice be damned.
Rendition 2007R☆☆☆★ Two hapless pawns in the war against terror are due for rude awakenings.
Transfusion 2023R☆☆☆ A widower cum ex-soldier has his hands full with a traumatized teen, civilian life and drug culture.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Civil War 2024R☆☆☆☆ Four photojournalists traipse across the war-torn country to interview the president for his last words.
Murder At 1600 1997R☆☆☆☆ A dead body in the White House is a false flag for sinister machinations, justice be damned.
Transfusion 2023R☆☆☆ A widower cum ex-soldier has his hands full with a traumatized teen, civilian life and drug culture.
Sweet Home Alabama 2002PG-13☆☆☆☆ Before her society wedding can take place, an erstwhile country girl must bury her past.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Good Life 2007R☆☆☆ A young man in the doldrums meets his soul mate and moves on with his life.
The Strangers:
Chapter 1
2024R☆☆☆☆ A dating couple on a road trip will likely become a statistic. First installment of a trilogy.

Works Cited

Valtorta, Maria. The Gospel as Revealed to Me. Vol. 2. Translated from Italian by Nicandro Picozzi, M.A., D.D.  Revised by Patrick McLaughlin, M.A. This 2nd English Edition has now replaced the First English Edition, The Poem of the Man-God. WEB.

Whitehead, John W. Grasping for the Wind: the search for meaning in the 20th century. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 2001. Print.


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