Heaven Is for Real
Faith-based film tries reaching past its audience, but falls back on preaching to its own choir way too much.
Sheila O'Malley picks her favorite piece of Roger's writing.
"Out of the Furnace," about two suffering brothers (Christian Bale and Casey Affleck) in Pennsylvania steel country. hits some of the same notes as "The Deer Hunter" and Bruce Springsteen's early albums, but doesn't seem to have any idea what, exactly, it wants to say, or be.
The first in a monthly series of video essays about unloved films, Scout Tafoya's video essay is an appreciation of "Alien 3," the debut feature by David Fincher.
That a film as searing and necessary as "12 Years a Slave" is having trouble drawing large audiences is a testament to the power of denial. That so few mainstream films have been made about slavery in America is also a testament to the power of denial.
Earnest, square and proudly evangelical, "Black Nativity" is so unusual in concept and execution that its many rough aspects are easy to forgive.
Gerardo Valero picks his favorite piece of Roger's writing.
This American version of Park Chan-Wook's Korean thriller is Spike Lee's most exciting movie since "Inside Man"—not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of.
Bruce Springsteen mourns the closing of Blockbuster's retail stores. OK, not really—but these Springsteen spoofs are pretty funny anyway.
A typically massive, obliquely structured documentary from Frederick Wiseman explores the present and future of the University of California at Berkeley during a time of budget cuts and civil unrest. A classic of its type.
In this laid-back, character-driven thriller, two childhood friends, one a parole officer and the other a petty criminal turned recovering addict, who team up to solve a mystery with help from a retired border cop.