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Mixed-up morality

Movies | First Reformed tries to pass humanism off as Christian profundity
by Megan Basham
Posted 6/14/18, 02:36 pm

Paul Schrader’s new movie First Reformed (rated R for a disturbing scene of suicide) is a rare film that’s being praised far and wide for its thoughtful depiction of Christian faith. NPR hailed it as a “spiritually probing work of art.” The Washington Post described it as “a listening for God’s call.” Most intriguing, the San Francisco Chronicle called it a “seriously Christian movie.”

Except it’s not.

What it is is a movie that offers humanist philosophy masquerading as Christian profundity.  

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Flawed diamond

Movies | Waylaid by shallow storytelling, the cast of Ocean’s 8 fails to steal the show
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/14/18, 01:02 pm

Of course you can’t call a two-hour timeout on the Eighth Commandment, but heist flicks are supposed to be fun. Not so Ocean’s 8. Like the 6-pound diamond necklace at the center of the crime, this third follow-up to the 2001 hit Ocean’s Eleven (Twelve, Thirteen, and now 8) dazzles the eye but has no life in it.

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Two as one

Movies | Incredibles 2 highlights family empowerment, not feminism 
by Megan Basham
Posted 6/13/18, 06:18 pm

When The Incredibles first hit theaters in 2004, it earned nearly universal praise not only for its excellent animation but also for the way it snuck provocative themes into a thoroughly entertaining storyline. Fourteen years later, the Incredibles are back and, once again, they’re sure to spark the kind of analysis that will make non-movie-obsessed people say, “We’re talking about a kids’ movie, right?”

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