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The Iron Giant: A Movie Review

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant was created as The Iron Man, a sci-fi novel by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. The original setting for this science fiction fairy tale was rural England. However, the film adaptation takes place in Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. This is at the beginning of the space race and at the height of Cold War tensions between the ...

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Casablanca: Movie Review


The year is 1941. The place is Casablanca in French Morocco. Casablanca is a stepping-stone for immigrants fleeing enslaved Europe for the freedom of America. But the passage is expensive and often dangerous. Casablanca: An Overview The film’s protagonist is Rick Blaine, the cynical, hard-boiled owner of a popular nightclub. Rick is an isolationist: “I stick my neck out for ...

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Movie Review: The Secret Of Kells

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells (2009) is the story of Brendan, a young monk. Brendan’s heart and imagination are captured by a famous, special book. Other monks say that it turns darkness into light. But Brendan’s uncle, the abbot of Kells, forbids Brendan to work on the book. To the abbot, the threat of a Viking invasion is more important than ...

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Movie Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated movie created by Studio Laika. As a children’s fantasy story, it draws heavily from Buddhist myth. It distances itself from God’s universe but still draws on themes key to God’s story, such as love and sacrifice. As with all pagan worldviews, viewers will see no hope of resurrection or redemption. The story ...

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Movie Review: Watching “The Incredibles” Again With A New Pair Of Christian Worldview Glasses

The Incredibles and Moral Absolutes DC and Marvel comics often use genetic mutation or magic to explain the existence of superheroes and their powers. The Incredibles offers no explanations. This is fantasy, and the film simply asks us to suspend disbelief. Far more central to a good analysis of the film are the ethical standards it assumes and the ethical ...

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God’s Universe And Reviewing Movies

god's universe

The First Question   As we watch any movie, we ought to ask ourselves, is this story set in God’s universe? The issue here isn’t realism as such. God approves of fiction and fantasy. Furthermore, we can cite Jotham’s story in the Book of Judges. The young man Jotham tells a story about talking trees who decide to make themselves ...

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