Andrew Coffin

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Movie | Academy Award nominee tells a story that serves as a powerful example of faith and courage in the face of great evil
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 3/25/06, 12:00 am

As is often the case, most of the Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film were largely unknown to American audiences at the time of the ceremony. What's especially sad about this is that the most inspiring, gripping, and surprising film nominated that evening-among both the winners and losers-was one of these little-seen gems.

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Movie | This cold-blooded Western also illustrates the "action of grace"
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 3/11/06, 12:00 am

All my stories," said Flannery O'Connor, "are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal."

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Freedomland

Movie | Freedomland wants to be many things-too many things
by Andrew Coffin
Posted 3/04/06, 12:00 am

Freedomland (rated R for language and some violent content) is a difficult movie, in ways both good and, more often than not, bad: difficult to categorize, difficult to like, difficult to watch-yet also difficult to dismiss quickly. (Freedomland is also difficult to listen to-the script features a near unending string of heavy profanities.)

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