Not all miracles are dramatic and visible; some simply heal and enlarge the soul, and with it humanity. This film is on a scale too small to tackle the theme it sets itself.
At one point, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) makes a passing reference to the conflict between the light and the darkness, with just a hint of John 1: 5.
Looking for Eric is a film about relationships and about how the past can overshadow the present. It depicts the loss of control, and, ultimately, the redemption and recovery of a man who is sinking.
Professor X (Xavier) is the most Ignatian of superheroes. His leadership style is unmistakable; he constantly emphasises the beauty and value of all people as individuals.
The Age of Stupid challenges us that we have until 2015 to make proper change, before we reach the tipping point. It makes this call to goodness from a secular perspective. As members of God’s Church we are twice called to be leaders.
There is a morality tale to be told here, but Brian Clough's spell at Leeds cannot be the heart of it. This is a film to be thoroughly enjoyed rather than pondered too deeply.
This is a decently engaging film that avoids many of the clichés that must have beckoned from the wayside during its creation. The “based on a true story” claim that underlies the plans to kill Hitler, seize control of Berlin and broker a truce with the Allies before they arrived at the city gates, adds a core of amazement as we see how close to fruition the plan came.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is an apocalyptic disaster film with a jointly environmentalist/pacifist message, designed to put the heart back into us greedy, mean humans. But what makes for the worst sermons, namely the boring delivery of a half-believed message, apparently also makes for bad films.
This is intense and far less silly fun than previous Bonds, and it is the first true sequel in the franchise. As with all films of this sort, the editing that creates the magic.
The characters are so convincingly rendered that the events that follow make perfect sense. The plot races ahead at a thrilling pace, unwilling to condescend to the audience or waste precious storytelling time. And all this culminates in what is essentially a spectacular morality tale.
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