Arrival, and the Joy of the Unknown

Written with some spoilers by Gene Gosewehr, editor and writer at Reel World Theology.

If you aren’t mesmerized and transfixed on the screen within the first ten or so minutes of Arrival, you may not be for the rest of it. It’s one of those films that grabs you from the start with the score and the reflective scenery, then keeps you hanging on for the slow reveal of the plot. Fortunately, the majority of people are indeed drawn in by this film and are finding deep connections with the characters. Read More

Movie Weekend Preview: December 19-21

New Releases


American Hustle

I hate it when a trailer doesn’t really tell you what a movie’s about.  The trailer for American Hustle is particularly bad about that.  The IMDb description says “A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.”  When you watch the trailer with that information, it looks like it could be a pretty good movie.  It has a couple of caveats, though.  It looks like Jennifer Lawrence is going to be portrayed in a very sexual manner.  I really like her as an actress, so I’m afraid this movie might ruin my respect for her and her work.  The second is that the rating advisory includes “pervasive language,” in addition to sexual content.  It could be a very interesting movie, especially with these guys working for the FBI and getting caught in between the two worlds, not to mention the acting talent of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence; but it’s not going to be fit to see unedited.

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Man of Steel

“Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith first; the trust comes later.”

I have to admit, I’m usually not a big Superman fan. I think he’s overpowered and one-dimensional, not to mention the illogical lack of a need to hide his face. However, I left the theater last night pleasantly surprised.

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