Film’s mockery belittles theology

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kevin Miller knew his film Hellbound? would push buttons; its marketing promises “you [will] never look at hell the same way again.” Everyone has a bias, and it’s within a filmmaker’s rights to articulate various views in a film, then promote a particular one. However, though Hellbound? is technically a documentary, it feels more like a Christian version of a Michael Moore mockumentary.

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Film on hot topic questions actions arising from belief

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hellbound? Kevin Miller had no idea hell would become a hot topic when he began to work on Hellbound? – a documentary exploring biblical perspectives on hell. This…

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Moviemaker forgoes macabre for missionary memoir

Monday, July 1, 2013

What do a horror film about the Antichrist and a documentary about a Russian-Mennonite missionary have in common? Filmmaker Mike Klassen. Being in the Way the Lord Led…

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Abortion survivor story a journey of forgiveness

Thursday, February 14, 2013

October Baby

In this film inspired by the story of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, college freshman Hannah, after discovering her physical and emotional problems stem from her entry into the world through a failed abortion, embarks on a road trip to find her birth mother, and herself…

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Documentary chases miracles

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Furious Love Wanderlust Productions 2010 95 minutes “Jesus loves witches. The problem is sometimes we don’t.” Furious Love is a documentary about miracles, the kind that happen when…

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Devastating drama (unfortunately) true to life

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Trade of Innocents writer/director: Christopher Bessette 91 minutes It’s just a movie. I had to keep telling myself that as I watched this thriller about prepubescent girls forced…

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Les Miserables

Friday, January 18, 2013

Musical movie spectacle points toward home Les Miserables Tom Hooper, director Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables tells a sweeping story of romance, revolution, and redemption in…

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Blue Like Jazz: Film leaves character unresolved

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Film leaves character unresolved Blue Like Jazz   Steve Taylor, director  Donald Miller’s New York Times bestselling book Blue Like Jazz has finally* come to the big screen. Veteran…

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Current film

Friday, June 1, 2012

BULLY
Director: Lee Hirsch
I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes within the first five minutes of Lee Hirsch’s well-executed documentary Bully. The anguish in the eyes of parents and their children is difficult but necessary to watch, I believe.

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Current film

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games’ picture of a dystopian future raises significant spiritual and sociological questions for the present day.

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Current film

Sunday, April 1, 2012

When screenwriter Paul Boge attended the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, God “put it on his heart” to give Winnipeggers the opportunity “to see great films they’d never see anywhere else.” In its second year, the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival boasted 160 percent more independent feature, documentary, and short film submissions than the previous year from as far away as Germany and Israel, and a gate admission of 2,039 viewers – up from 1,422 in 2011.

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Setting the table with a rejected feast

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Last week, as I lay bleeding on the pavement of downtown Winnipeg’s Main Street, surrounded by my bike and a large pile of food, including two garbage bags of peas now scattered across the sidewalk, I began to consider the cost of dumpster diving.

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Film note

Friday, July 1, 2011

Of Gods and Men
Director: Xavier Beauvois
How do you make decisions as a community when harsh realities challenge the beliefs and aspirations of the group?

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Real youth just want to be heard

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Outsider Interviews: A New Generation Speaks Out on Christianity
Authors: Jim Henderson, Todd Hunter, and Craig Spinks
I love the premise of this book. The authors ask, “What if evangelism in our time is more about listening than speaking?” This is the most important takeaway from The Outsider Interviews.

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Film note

Friday, April 1, 2011

Just Growing
Five Door Films, 2010
Produced by award-winning filmmakers Kevin Nikkel and Rob Haacke, the 10-minute documentary Just Growing introduces a garden project organized by the local chapter of Christian conservation agency A Rocha.

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