Marty VanDriel

Marty is a TV and film critic for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and CEO of a custom truck and trailer building company. He and his wife, Faith, reside in Lynden, Wash., near children and grandchildren.

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Wholesome repetition

Movie | The Map of Tiny Perfect Things offers a delightful, fresh take on the time-loop genre
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 4/08/21, 01:07 pm

What would you do with endless time? 

In The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, writer Lev Grossman has brought fresh perspective to the time-loop genre, creating a sweet and inspiring film, almost an improvement on the original Groundhog Day.

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Family drama

Movie | Let Him Go shows the good and bad
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 2/11/21, 02:25 pm

What would you do to rescue your grandchild from a miserable life with a degenerate criminal family? 

In Let Him Go, George and Margaret Blackledge (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) lose their son in a tragic accident, then lose their grandson Jimmy when daughter-in-law Lorna moves away without notice with her new husband and the young boy. 

Former lawman George seems content to let Jimmy go, but Margaret won’t. The Blackledges soon learn stepfather Donald Weboy is a bad man from a bad family. 

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Making conservatives the good guys

Entertainment | New movie studios want to tell pro-faith, pro-family stories
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 2/09/21, 03:28 pm

Arguing that Hollywood ices out right-leaning stories and storytellers, some conservative filmmakers are starting their own studios and production companies aimed at likeminded audiences.

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