A clear afternoon

Movies | Christopher Robin reminds us of the joys of time unplanned
by Megan Basham
Posted 8/02/18, 03:32 am

As modern parents we often find ourselves acting as “event planners” for our kids. We put in countless hours of work so we can afford to create memorable moments like trips to expensive theme parks and elaborate family vacations. What we don’t often give our kids is nothing. That is, the sweet, simple pleasure of having no plans at all: afternoons that wind up as aimless walks in the woods, quiet reading side by side, or leisurely drives headed no place in particular.

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Paramount Pictures

All-American agent

Movies | In Mission: Impossible—Fallout we see an Ethan Hunt who refuses to sacrifice others on the altar of expediency
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/27/18, 02:24 pm

Early in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, there’s a moment that seems intentionally to present a knowing contrast to that other famed international man of intrigue.

In the midst of planning a hijacking mission, an exotic blond femme fatale plants an aggressive kiss on Ethan Hunt’s lips. Bond, James Bond, would have accepted this as par for the course, a perk of the business, so to speak. And the audience would have been primed for the oh-so-sophisticated interlude that would surely occur later in the film.

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Nordisk Film

Deep community

DVD | Bad language is the only mar on A Man Called Ove
by Megan Basham
Posted 7/19/18, 02:25 pm

You wouldn’t expect one of the most charming, heartwarming films in recent memory to center on a man repeatedly trying to commit suicide. You also wouldn’t expect one of the loveliest portraits of the Christian virtue of hospitality to come out of one of the world’s most secular countries. And yet, 2015’s Swedish film, A Man Called Ove, based on the international bestseller of the same name, is all these things.

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