Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette

Men of the church

Movie | The Two Popes portrays a friendly rivalry between Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 11/21/19, 11:16 am

Until Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy in 2013, there had not been more than one living pope in 500 years. Why did Benedict step down? And what of the relationship between Benedict and Jorge Bergoglio, the man who became Pope Francis?

The answers offered to these questions in The Two Popes, a new Netflix drama, prove to be merely speculative. But as a parable about finding common ground amid warring beliefs, the film succeeds.

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A24/Universal Pictures

Family tragedy

Movie | In Waves, forgiveness helps a family overcome a trial, but viewers should beware the R-rated content
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 11/07/19, 11:58 am

In Waves, writer-director Trey Edward Shults’ latest feature, characters suffer tragedy caused by little sins that compound. The film shows a family overcoming darkness through forgiveness, but objectionable material—and a negative portrayal of the pro-life cause—makes this Oscar contender difficult to recommend.

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Riverstone Pictures

Painter with a purpose

Movie | At Eternity's Gate shows the struggles of Vincent van Gogh
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 11/08/18, 03:34 pm

At Eternity’s Gate combines stellar acting, bizarre art film visuals, the painter Vincent van Gogh, and some muddled theology to create an interesting meditation on God-given talent.

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