Movie Reviews

Movie review: ‘The Shack’

“The Shack” is confused and disjointed, mixing truth and falsehood, and even as a work of fiction it is not worth defending, writes reviewer Ted Giese.

Movie review: ‘Fences’

“Fences,” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, explores grief, loss and the difficulties of marriage and family life.

Movie review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’

Few films tackle grief and loss as well as “Manchester by the Sea,” but it would be even better if it featured the characters’ Christian faith in a more active way, writes reviewer Ted Giese.

Movie review: ‘Lion’

This film about adoption and belonging is well worth seeing and discussing with family and friends, writes reviewer Rev. Ted Giese.

Movie review: ‘Silence’

Is denying Jesus to save others from suffering a Christ-like thing to do? The new Martin Scorsese film offers viewers a lot to think about.

Movie review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

Director Gareth Edwards has made a film that looks and feels like “Star Wars,” but may be too intense for young children.

Movie review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Mel Gibson’s gory war film is not for everyone, but it takes Christian faith seriously and encourages viewers toward ethical living within their vocations.

Movie review: ‘Doctor Strange’

Espousing both Eastern mysticism and western atheism, the film ends up being a “kitchen junk drawer of theological, spiritual, religious and occult ideas that are hard to follow or keep straight.”

Movie review: ‘Sully’

In his film about Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s “miracle on the Hudson,” Director Clint Eastwood manages to make an intimate human story out of events most people only experienced through the media.

Movie review: ‘Ben-Hur’

The new “Ben-Hur” is smaller in scale and scope than its 1959 predecessor, and misses the mark when it comes to a clear presentation of the divinity of Jesus.

Movie review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

What made “Independence Day” special in 1996 makes this sequel just average today, but viewers who liked the first film will likely enjoy this one, too.

Movie review: ‘The Conjuring 2’

In this scare-a-minute sequel to “The Conjuring,” the Gospel message could have been shared easily, but it’s not.

Movie review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

It may take some effort for audiences to peel away all the punches and explosions to find the film’s central story: fatherhood and the importance of who that father is.

Movie review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’

It’s a satisfying film, but its action sequences may be too intense for younger viewers.

Movie review: ‘The Jungle Book’

The remake of the 1967 classic Disney cartoon is the kind of high-quality film audiences expect, but it might be too intense for young children.

Movie review: ‘God’s Not Dead 2’

Don’t be guilted into saying this film is good just because its topic — Christian apologetics and civil liberties — is important, writes reviewer Ted Giese.