Marty VanDriel
Netflix

Leading the gullible

Television | Nothing can save Netflix's Messiah from its many drawbacks
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/16/20, 08:58 am

ISIS troops surround Damascus, pummeling the city with rockets and bombs. It seems only a matter of time before they pour in and take over. A mysterious long-haired figure appears, assuring the growing crowds that they will be saved from destruction if they just believe that God will save them. From nowhere, a violent sandstorm swells up and buries ISIS trucks, tanks, and weapons, forcing the fighters to flee for their lives.

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Amazon Studios

Chasing an assassin

Television | Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is full of gripping moments but also foul language and blasphemy
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/02/20, 05:00 pm

Season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon is an entertaining adventure, with plenty of plot twists and surprises. But the eight-part series is marred by frequent blasphemy, excessive violence, and unnecessary foul language.

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Netflix

Fighters in the sky

Documentary | Spitfire tells the story of the WWII airplane that helped save Britain
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 11/07/19, 12:56 pm

A single-propeller Spitfire loops and soars over the green British countryside, its pilot reveling in the craft’s liveliness. Spitfire, a documentary available on Netflix, tells the tale of the last of the fighter planes without a jet engine, a plane that became a symbol of British courage during the Second World War.

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