Movies
Romulus Entertainment

The color of money

Movie | African American entrepreneur challenges establishment in historical drama The Banker
by Bob Brown
Posted 3/26/20, 12:41 pm

Filmmakers who tackle themes of social inequality sometimes allow agendas to run roughshod over storytelling. Producer Anthony Mackie and director George Nolfi take a more engaging approach in The Banker, delivering a teachable moment about racial injustice while keeping drama front and center. 

The film owes much of its watchability to an intriguing main character and top-notch performances from Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson. Strong language and a split focus are drawbacks.

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Revelation Media

Showing, not telling

Movie | The Pilgrim’s Progress embodies timely lessons
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/26/20, 12:36 pm

Of all the at-home entertainment now available for cooped-up kids, Christian parents will welcome none as much as Revelation Media’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. The full-length movie is available for free at watchpilgrims.com. 

Though faithful to John Bunyan’s 17th-century tale, the film makes a few concessions to modern tastes. It gives Apollyon’s designs to enslave humankind a gothic backstory and mines humor out of sometimes-clueless Christian’s interactions with characters.

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Focus Features

Real-life vanities

Movie | Flaws and all, Emma underscores Jane Austen’s timelessness
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/26/20, 12:22 pm

While the world closed for the coronavirus, Universal Pictures announced it would make several movies that had only recently appeared in theaters available for streaming. Two of those films are horror schlock that are the last thing anyone needs in these times of homebound, high anxiety. 

The third, however, will give eyes starved for beauty and hearts starved for society something to savor. 

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