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HELLBOY: THE ISLAND pt 1 HELLBOY: THE ISLAND pt 1
Review by Maurice Broaddus:  After more than two years at the bottom of the sea, Hellboy washes up on an island full of sunken ships. This tale of gods and monsters offers the first revelations about some of the great secrets of Hellboy's world.
HELLBOY: THE ISLAND pt 1 HELLBOY: THE ISLAND pt 2
Review by Maurice Broaddus:  Though it may cost him his life, Hellboy learns the secret history of the world, the origin of the Ogdru Jahad, and his own right hand.
PREACHERPREACHER
Review by Maurice Broaddus:  “Preacher features more than its share of blasphemy,” one reviewer said. Is this a blasphemous work? The idea behind profanity is to take something which is high and trample it underfoot. I don’t know if there is disregard at the heart of the book, and if we are to engage people where they are, many are at a place of disregard and outright blasphemy. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t to be engaged with.
RISING STARS #1-24 RISING STARS #1-24
Review by Maurice Broaddus:   Rising Stars drew some early comparisons to Watchmen, which was fair to neither it nor Alan Moore’s seminal work. The only valid comparison is that Rising Stars, for its 24 issue run, started in 1999 and didn’t finish until 2005, which sounds like the release schedule I remember Watchmen being under. With three, 8-issue acts, the story feels a little padded (it could’ve been told in 12-16 issues). However, as long-time fans of Stracynski know, he does character-, not necessarily plot-, driven stories (Amazing Spider-man, Babylon 5).
BLACK PANTHER #1BLACK PANTHER #1 "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 1 (of 6)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
 
The Wakandan super hero is back with Hollywood heavyweight Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) and fan favorite Romita Jr. (WOLVERINE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), teaming up to deliver a new ongoing series that’s sure to excite true believers and the hip hop faithful. The Black Panther's origin is retold in a cinematic scope with social satire and all-out action. Marvel has big plans for the Panther. He’s destined to become a key player in the Marvel Universe this year, so reader, get on board now!
BLACK PANTHER #2BLACK PANTHER #2 "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 2 (of 6)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
The Wakandan super hero is back with Hollywood heavyweight Hudlin (HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG) and fan favorite Romita Jr. (WOLVERINE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN,) teaming up to deliver a book that’s sure to excite true believers. The Black Panther's origin is retold in a cinematic scope with social satire and all-out action. "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 2: While a team of super-powered mercenaries prepares their assault on Wakanda, a contest is underway in that warrior kingdom: Who will be the next Black Panther?
BLACK PANTHER #3BLACK PANTHER #3 "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 3 (of 6)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
Many years ago, Klaw killed the reigning Black Panther – but not without a price. Learn how he did it…. as he readies himself for the death of T’challa!
BLACK PANTHER #4BLACK PANTHER #4 "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 4 (of 6)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
When Klaw unfurls his carefully orchestrated siege on Wakanda, there’s no place to hide. Cutting a swathe through Wakanda’s ground forces – the Rhino and Batroc. Slicing through Wakanda’s aerial defensives -- the Black Knight. And striking a blow where no one would ever expect – the Radioactive Man. Wakanda’s protector has never faced a challenge like this. Can the Black Panther persevere?
BLACK PANTHER #5BLACK PANTHER #5 "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 5 (of 6)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
While the Black Panther furiously battles the Black Knight 5 miles above Wakanda, Klaw and his team lay siege to the Royal Palace in search of the ultimate prize: The Queen Mother herself! .
BLACK PANTHER #6BLACK PANTHER #6 "Who is the Black Panther?" Part 6 (of 6)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
  The first arc concludes and it’s one for the record books! It’s a rumble in the jungle as the Wakandan royal family squares off against the Radioactive Man, and the Black Panther goes toe-to-toe with his arch-nemesis Klaw in a battle royale!
INCREDIBLE HULK #77INCREDIBLE HULK #77 "Tempest Fugit"   Part 1 (OF 5)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: Stalking across the depths of the ocean, dispatching everything from sharks to giant squids, comes the Hulk. As a long-buried episode from Bruce Banner's youth begins to surface with possible ramifications for the future, the Hulk finds himself washed up on a strange island, populated by several hapless victims... and some most unexpected monsters.
INCREDIBLE HULK #78INCREDIBLE HULK #78 "Tempest Fugit"   Part 2 (OF 5)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The mystery of the tempest-tossed island continues to thicken as the Hulk finds himself in a major smackdown with a "smash"-ing monster; at the same time, details of a tragic incident in his youth are seemingly an open book to the mysterious individual overseeing all that transpires there (and no, it's not Jeff Probst).
INCREDIBLE HULK #79INCREDIBLE HULK #79 "Tempest Fugit"  Part 3 (of 5)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
Is General Ross truly the mastermind behind the mysteries of the Island? Is the Hulk really having a toe-to-toe smackdown with one of the most legendary monsters in the history of Marvel? Has Peter David gone completely nuts? Two of these three questions will be answered in this issue.
INCREDIBLE HULK #80INCREDIBLE HULK #80 "Tempest Fugit"  Part 4 (of 5)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
It was just over thirty years ago that the Hulk fought a sawed-off, scrappy Canadian named Wolverine. And on the island where nothing is as it seems, he's returned--exactly as he was back then--to try and carve himself a piece of the Hulk. With an ending that you absolutely cannot miss!
INCREDIBLE HULK #81INCREDIBLE HULK #81 "Tempest Fugit"  Part 5 (of 5)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: We can't tell you everything that happens in this issue simply because it will destroy the shock ending of the previous issue. So instead, just know this: The secret of Monster Island stands revealed, the Hulk is faced with a shocking surprise, we learn the outcome of Bruce's high school catastrophe, and fans will scream when they see the last panel.
PRELUDE TO INFINITE CRISISPRELUDE TO INFINITE CRISIS
Comix review by Kevin Miller: If you’re like me and have just re-entered the DC Universe after a protracted absence, Prelude to Infinite Crisis may be exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s doubtful this title will ever become a collector’s item, seeing as it is merely a reprint of key moments in the DC Universe over the last few years. But if you are reading Countdown to Infinite Crisis or any of the mini-series it has spawned (Villains United, Day of Vengeance, The OMAC Project, and The Rann-Thanagar War) and don’t know what the heck is going on, this book serves as a welcome guide to the characters and events that have created today’s tenuous situation.
TEEN TITANS #24TEEN TITANS #24
Comix review by Kevin Miller: "The Insiders," a 4-part crossover between the TEEN TITANS and OUTSIDERS, begins here, in an issue featuring guest art by Matthew Clark and Mark Farmer! For months, Superboy has been taunted by the secrets of his DNA — that he's a clone created from Superman and Lex Luthor. But who cloned him, and why?
OUTSIDERS #24OUTSIDERS #24
Comix review by Kevin Miller: Part 2 of the 4-part "The Insiders" crossover with TEEN TITANS! Secrets are revealed and Indigo's origin is explored as the Outsiders join the Titans for an all-out battle against two of DC's most powerful villains!
TEEN TITANS #25TEEN TITANS #25
Comix review by Kevin Miller: Part 3 of the 4-part "The Insiders," crossing over between the TEEN TITANS and OUTSIDERS! Recovering from their first confrontation with Lex Luthor, the Titans and the Outsiders come under fire by another secret weapon — a squad of Superman robots! But with the changes to two team members, have the villains already won?
OUTSIDERS #25OUTSIDERS #25
Comix review by Kevin Miller: The explosive finale of the 4-part "The Insiders" crossover with TEEN TITANS! Lex Luthor and his allies threaten to finish what they started and tear the teams apart. What does Donna Troy have to do with it all?
Click to go to GREEN LANTERN #2GREEN LANTERN #2
Book review by Kevin Miller: Okay, Comic-Con has come and gone, and it’s time to get back to business. After sounding off about the dearth of talent in comic publishing today as well as the absence of any sort of innovative storytelling in the first issue of this series, do I have better news this time around? Keeping in mind that my good friend Maurice Broaddus may be listening, I will try to keep the following review as positive as possible…
Click to go to GREEN LANTERN #1GREEN LANTERN #1
Review by Kevin Miller: “Am I getting old or are things really getting worse?” That’s what I was asking myself as I read through the first issue of the new Green Lantern series last night. Call me crazy, but when I pay $4.75 for a comic book (nearly four times as much as I paid for my last issue of The Green Lantern Corps eighteen years ago)...
Click to go to HOLY SUPERHEROESHOLY SUPERHEROES!
Book review by Kevin Miller: Even though we have turned our back on myth, a part of us keeps reaching out for something to fill the gap that reason has left behind. Where this need used to be satisfied by reading the lives of saints, apostles, and other heroes of the faith, we now read about men and women who have secret identities and run around in skin-tight costumes doing battle with the forces of evil. These are the stories that move us, Garrett says, “the ones we most need to hear to be whole.” How and why these stories lead us closer to the sacred and inspire us in our own quest to do good is the main subject of this book.
Click to go to SUPER HERO ReviewsWHO NEEDS A SUPERHERO and COMIC BOOK CHARACTER
Book reviews by Kevin Miller: A major trend sweeping through the evangelical subculture today is a move toward redeeming popular culture. A mere generation ago, movies, television shows, pop music, literature, comic books, virtually anything produced by the mainstream entertainment industry was deemed corrupt by definition. Many evangelicals still indulged their interest in such things, but it was often regarded as a guilty pleasure. No longer. The pendulum has shifted.
Click to go to BATMAN: YEAR ONE BATMAN: YEAR ONE
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The year 1986 proved to be a pivotal year in the modern era of comics. Back in the halcyon days when comics cost only 75 cents (and I remember being upset by that price jump), several books came out that changed the face of comics. Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Dark Knight Returns. Man of Steel. Watchmen. Swamp Thing. This was a great time to be collecting comic books. Frank Miller, fresh on the heels of his seminal The Dark Knight Returns, turned to the main title, Batman, to write basically a mini-series within the series called “Year One.”
Click to o to LEGION OF SUPER HEROESLEGION OF SUPER HEROES
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The title has a simple premise: it takes place 1,000 years from now, during a new age of heroes. After a millennium of utopian peace, there is a security, stability, and order to our united world. (Yes, for all of the Left Behind brand of theology fans, it’s literally a thousand years of peace followed by the return of an evil). But, this newfound peace is at the cost of freedom and individuality (read: it’s boring).
Click to go to STAR WARS, EPISODE III Graphic NovelSTAR WARS, EPISODE III - Revenge of the Sith (Graphic Novel)
Review by Kevin Miller: It’s a fast, exciting read with plenty of gripping scenes, especially those that depict Anakin Skywalker once he finally crosses over to the Dark Side. Personally, I prefer a more abstract form of artwork—along the lines of Bill Sienkiewicz, Ralph Steadman or Ben Templesmith. But Doug Wheatley’s traditional art and Christopher Chuckry’s saturated colors definitely make this book accessible to a wider, younger audience, which is probably the primary market for a book like this.
Click to go to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ?SINS PAST?THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN “SINS PAST” (issues #509-514)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: At first I thought the spiritual connection that I was going to make was coming from the kids relationship with their father and their struggle against their own natures. They had been corrupted, due to their bodies’ fallen condition, by the blood of their father. Tainted by his sinful legacy, as it were. “The truth is in the blood,” Gabriel proclaims. The storyline paints an intriguing image of these lost, desperate souls attempting to find wholeness and salvation from death, by either embracing or rejecting their father. But that’s not the spiritual connection that I was left with.
Click to go to IDENTITY CRISISIDENTITY CRISIS (Issues #1-7)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: Identity Crisis was DC Comics 2004's big “event” comic, one that promised to have lasting effects ripple through the entire cast of the heroes of DC comics --Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Justice League. Murder mystery scribe, Brad Meltzer, opens the series with the words of Dr. Fate “Life is a mystery.” In this case, it is a murder mystery built around the conceit that someone is going after the significant others in the lives of the community of super-heroes.
Click to go to GREEN LANTERN: RebirthGREEN LANTERN: Rebirth (issues #1-5)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: There are times when it’s hard to find spiritual connections with whatever media that I am dealing with. Let’s face it, some things make it difficult to find God (maybe that’s the point) or at least don’t easily lend themselves to pointing to Christ. That is not the case with Green Lantern: Rebirth. Rebirth is literally the story of redemption.
03famine.jpg (35346 bytes)BASIL WOLVERTON'S APOCALYPSE
Review by David Bruce: In the early 1950's, evangelist Herbert W. Armstrong asked artist Basil Wolverton to create a series of horrifying scenes of the end of the world as we know it. Wolverton's work in horror and science fiction comics had prepared him well to execute this assignment in a unique and frightening way. These sixteen pieces represent some of Basil Wolverton's best work, done at the peak of his skill--contemporary with his finest horror/science fiction comic book work, and his early work for MAD magazine.
Click to go to the FUNNIESDAILY FUNNIES
Page by David Bruce: Everybody needs a lift. Check in and smile. Ron Wheeler's Jeremiah Series. The Internet Movie Strip by Kevin Giovanetto. Strange Breed by Steve Langille. Reverend Fun from Gospelcom and Bob West's Our Father's Children
Click to go to BETTIE PAGEBETTIE PAGE -- "Pin Up Queen of the Graphic Novels"
Review by David Bruce:
"E! Network's Hollywood True Story aired a 2 hour biography of Bettie Page which included her decision to follow Jesus. She even worked for Billy Graham. Today she is the most famous cult pinup..."
Kevin Giovanetto.gif (4124 bytes) KEVIN GIOVANETTO -- Internet Movie Strip
"In 1996 I began putting a little "movie" strip on the Internet. I chose stills of actors from old movies then put ironic questions and quotes in their mouths. My desire was to juxtapose familiar and unfamiliar. I wanted to create the same kind of incongruity in my comics as exists in the world around us. I chose humor as my venue because humor provides temporary release from the unrelenting seriousness of life. If we can’t laugh at our deepest convictions and most sacred experiences then we will probably find reasons to fight and kill for them. I would rather we laughed together."
Click to go to controversyJOHNNY HART AND THE 2001 EASTER CONTROVERSY
Commentary by David Bruce: For those of you who do not know Johnny Hart and what took place on Easter 2001, let me bring you up to speed. First let me know introduce you to cartoonist Johnny Hart -the most widely read writer on earth..
Johnny Hart of B.C.B.C. COMICS CENSORED
Page by David Bruce: B.C. may be the most censored cartoon strip in America today. Religion--more specifically, Christianity -- seems to be considered offensive on the comics page, unless it's a spoof. In contrast, illicit sex, violence and witchcraft seem to be quite acceptable.
Bob West cartoonsCartoonist BOB WEST
Page by David Bruce: The cartoon journey is just beginning. Artist Bob West has many new cartoons on his web site. His current series is called Theophilus and the Powers of Darkness. Be sure to read Bob's life story. Incredible!
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ALPHA ORDER
Click to go to BATMAN BEGINSBATMAN BEGINS (2005)
How does one man change the world?
It’s a question that haunts Bruce Wayne like the specter of his parents, gunned down before his eyes in the streets of Gotham on a night that changed his life forever.
Click here to go to BLADEBLADE (1998)
In a world where vampires really do exist, a "messiah" is born while his mother is fighting the venom of a vampire's bite.
Click to go to BLADE:TRINITYBLADE: TRINITY (2004)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: The movie gives lip service to wanting to separate the myths from the facts when it comes to vampires. It is a little known fact that every culture in the world has a variation on the idea of vampires, most pre-dating their popularization with Bram Stoker’s "fable" Dracula. It should be noted that in Dracula, Stoker conceived the perfect "anti-Christ": a creature who sought eternal life through blood.
Click to go to CONSTANTINECONSTANTINE (2005)
Review by David Bruce: Listen to the Spiritual Journeys of the Cast. Contantine was born with a gift he didn't want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human form.
Click to go to DAREDEVILDAREDEVIL (2003)
Review by David Bruce: Marvel's legendary comic hero - known as the Man Without Fear - comes to the big screen. Attorney Matt Murdock is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness.
DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Review by Mike Furches: "We see the important gatherings of the group taking place at a coffee shop called Hallowed Ground. It resembles, in some ways, what our churches can become. When a certain character and his loved one find reason to stay away from the Hallowed Ground, those individuals become isolated, ...all is not safe at the Crossroads..."
Click to go to ELECTRAELEKTRA (2005)
Review by Mauric Broaddus: Elektra, saved from her near-death experience by ninja collective The Order of the Hand, is dispatched by Kirigi on a mission to kill the widower Mark Miller -- a man who must pay for an act committed by his grandfather years earlier. As she aligns herself with her target, however, Elektra turns her back on the Order, putting her, Miller, and his daughter Abby, in grave danger.
Click to go to FAT ALBERTFAT ALBERT (2004)
There probably isn’t a 30-something year old person alive who can’t reminisce about watching Fat Albert every Saturday morning on CBS. Just about all of us can sing the theme song word for word. In the recesses of our minds we can still see that portly character declaring he’s “gonna sing a song for yooooouuu” with his fat finger pointing directly at the TV.
There is a beast in Babylon! GODZILLA (1998)
He's back!  The greatest version of the Bible's Chaos Monster.
Click to go to  HELLBOYHELLBOY (2004)
Hellboy seems to be a demonic angel who is confused by the fact that he has been raised to combat evil. We are never quite certain if he is a demon from hell or an angel from heaven. He is marked similarly to Night Crawler of X-2 fame. He buffs down his horns to avoid appearing like a devil and chooses instead to be as human as possible.
Click to go to HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSEHITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE (2005)
Review by Kevin Miller: Arthur Dent, the hero of this tale, is the everyman—so preoccupied by the trivialities of life that when the end comes, he is caught completely unaware. Never mind that plans for the demolition of his house have been on display for a year, and that plans for the destruction of Earth itself have been available for centuries.
Click to go to HOUSE OF WAXHOUSE OF WAX (2005)
What begins as a weekend getaway for six friends becomes a terrifying fight for their lives in HOUSE OF WAX, an exciting re-imagining of the 1953 horror classic.
Click to go to  THE HULKTHE HULK (2003)
The spiritual connections in this movie that are worth discussing. The aspect of David Banner struggling with improving on “God’s Creation” and purpose is part of a worthwhile discussion. What results is another failed attempt by humanity that results in destruction and heartbreak.
Click here to go to INSURRECTIONSTAR TREK: INSURRECTION (1998)
There have so many recent films that have use the Garden of Eden as a theme, including Anaconda, Pleasantville, and Mighty Joe Young among others. The Serpent like Son'a want the eternal Ba'ku forcibly removed from their paradise planet.
Click to go to I, ROBOTI, ROBOT (2004)
Review by Mike Furches: Unlike recent science fiction disasters and remakes, I, Robot understands the importance of making a story relevant. Smith's character still likes sweet potato pie made by his grandmother, and the less influence that Robots have in his life, the better. Here is a reminder that sometimes the simple things, and the things we are forced to do ourselves, are among the most valuable things that we can experience.
Click to go to  JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUSJIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS (2001)
This film is about the alien-ation that happens in families and the sense of responsibility that the children often feel. Jimmy disobeys his parents resulting in evil outer space aliens taking his parents away (sin = alienation). Through acknowledgment of his wrong doing (repentance), Jimmy brings his family back together by getting his friends to help him (community)..
Click to go to KING KONGKING KONG (2005)
Jackson will employ the latest motion picture technology to cinematically portray the timeless tale of the beast and his beauty. Expanding on the chapters of the tale that take place in the mysterious and dangerous jungles of Skull Island, Jackson's Kong promises to be a unique and breathtaking creation.
Click to go to LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMENLEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (2003)
Review by David Bruce: The film centers around a team of great literaturary heroes recruited by a mysterious caller to stop a villain intent on turning the nations of the world against one another. These heroes include Allan Quartermain, a Dracula vampiress, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Tom Sawyer, Captain Nemo, and Dorian Gray.
Click to go to LOST IN SPACE LOST IN SPACE (1998)
Here is the story of how a son dies to save his father's family.
Click to go to MIGHTY JOE YOUNG MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1998)
Disney's remake of the 1949 classic.
Click to go to THE MUMMYTHE MUMMY (1999)
A spectacular remake of the 1932 Universal classic.
Click to  go to THE RETURN OF THE MUMMYTHE MUMMY RETURNS (2001)
Betty Hamm reviews: "Why are people swarming to this sequel in record-breaking numbers? Is it because it raises questions about what happens after we die and whether good truly can overcome evil? Interestingly, it shows a literal hell of fire and torment..." ALSO, Mike Furches' latest review.
Click to go to PETER PANPETER PAN (2003)
Review by Greg Wright: his film was produced to be released on Christmas, almost ninety-nine years to the day that Barrie's play premiered in London. On the surface, that may seem odd because it does not appear to be a Christmas movie. But what better time of year to remind us that there really are things worth believing in -- better things than Santa and fairies?
Click to go to THE PINK PANTHERTHE PINK PANTHER (2005)
Clouseau and his partner, Ponton, must unmask a murderer and keep their boss, Dreyfus, from taking credit for the victory, all without bringing the French legal system to a screeching halt. Get ready to be tickled pink.
Click to go to PLANET OF THE APESPLANET OF THE APES (2001)
Reviews by Matt McEver and Mike Furches reviews
"While this film is laced with excellent direction from Burton it has so much more. From a technical perspective, critics should be watering at the mouth to see this film again and again..."
Click to go to POKEMONPOKEMON. THE FIRST MOVIE (1999)
Young son Jonathan said, "I like it, but it could be better." I noticed that Ash is a type of Christ.
Click to go to POWERPUFF GIRLSPOWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE (2002)
David Bruce reviews:
Parallels can be made to spiritual power. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup - three little girls who happen to have superpowers. Most people fantasize or wonder about special empowerment. In truth however, everyone has their own special giftedness (unique talents, personality, thoughts, situation, abilities).
Click to go to THE PUNISHERTHE PUNISHER (2004)
Review by Melinda Ledman and Mike Furches: Castle’s mission has the unintended effect of placing his fellow tenement dwellers in danger. Yet Joan, Dave and Mr. Bumpo rally for their neighbor, even at great personal risk. This makeshift family – forgotten men and women with no one to protect them – brings Castle the one thing he least expects: redemption.
Click to go to QUEEN OF THE DAMNEDQUEEN OF THE DAMNED (2002)
Legendary Vampire Lestat has risen from a decades-long slumber, determined to step out into the light. No longer content with being banished to the shadows, moving among mortals who never truly see him for what he is, Lestat has reinvented himself as the closest thing to a god on Earth: a rock star.
Click to go to REIGN OF FIRE (2002)
David Bruce reviews: In present-day London, 10 year-old Quinn visits his construction engineer mother at her work. When he crawls into a cavern the workers have uncovered, he finds a large, fire-breathing dragon--which destroys the site and kills his mother. Fast-forward to 2020. Quinn is living in a castle in Northumberton, the leader of survivors of the dragon plague which has wiped out a large portion of the human population.
Click to go to RETURN TO NEVER LANDRETURN TO NEVER LAND (2002)
With RealVideo Review
David Bruce reviews."Believe it or not the original author of Peter Pan intended it for adults not children. This sequel to the Disney classic is about the importance of believing in faith, trust, and pixie dust...
Click here to go to ROBO COP ROBO COP (1987)
Paul Verhoeven retells the story of Jesus Christ. He says Jesus "is the Greatest" story ever told. 
Click to go to RODAN RODAN (1956)
If evil could fly this would be it. A reflection of the flying WWII A-bombs dropped on Japan.
Click to go to RUG RATSRUG RATS (1998)
Great family film. Facing childhood fears is made fun.
Click to go to SCOOBIE DOO 2SCOOBY DOO 2 (2004)
Review by Mark Ezra Stokes: Scooby-Doo 2 offers mindless fun and a few simple lessons here and there. Yes, it’s cartoonishly silly, but it’s also substantially real. Though the inclusion of Batman, Don Knotts or The Harlem Globetrotters would’ve been a nice touch, the film is successfully true both to the letter and to the concepts of the original.
Click to go to SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRESHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2001)
Darrel Manson reviews: "Reality and fantasy merge. As Murnau continues to be obsessed with the making of Nosferatu, he is willing to put up with more and more destruction from Schreck. In the final scene, as Murnau keeps the camera rolling in the midst of death and destruction. He got the movie he wanted, but at what cost to others and to himself?.."
Click to go to DAWN OF THE DEADSHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Review by Ed Travis: This is a film that will be remembered for its wit. Wit, according to Merriam Webster, can be defined this way: “the ability to relate seemingly disparate things so as to illuminate or amuse.” What Shaun of the Dead does is to relate a real guy’s love life and family issues to a zombie-Armageddon storyline in a way that amuses . . . uproariously so!
Click to go to sin citySIN CITY (2005)
Review by Maurice Broaddus: There’s a double edged sword of dealing with material beloved by geeks. On the one hand, if a director stays too faithful to the material, then you go “what’s the point of seeing it if you didn’t do anything with it?” On the other hand, if the director goes with their own vision, reinterpreting or re-imagining the source material, they run the risk of the geek saying “they ruined it.” The key is capturing the spirit of the work without reproducing it, but since reproduction on this scale, in so unique a fashion, hasn’t been done, this movie is landmark.
Click to go to SKY CAPTAINSKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW (2004)
Review by Melinda Ledman, Chris Utley, Annette Wierstra and Mike Furches:The movie holds up to its praise, and surprisingly, it also delivers an action-packed plot with exceptionally witty dialogue. Let me also say that Jude Law has never let me down in his performances or story selections
Click to go to SMALLVILLESMALLVILLE (2001-PRESENT)
Review by Maurice Broaddus:
A being with strange powers descends from the heavens, sent to Earth as a baby. He takes on the role of humanity, embracing it, experiencing everything that man typically experiences. Then he grows up to enter into a ministry to save mankind from the many dangers that mankind faces. Sound familiar?
Click to go to SPIDER-MANSPIDER-MAN (2002)
On a school trip, during which Peter and his classmates are given a science demonstration on spiders, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider. Soon after, he discovers that he has unusual powers: he is endowed with the strength and agility of a spider along with a keen, ESP-like "spider sense."
Click to go to SPIDER-MAN 2SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004)
Review by Melinda Ledman, Benn Becker and Mike Furches: Spider-Man 2 is a rarity--a sequel that is better than its predecessor. The success of Spider-Man can be greatly attributed to the audience’s ability to relate with the character. Peter Parker is just like all of us … he is an everyman.
Click to go to SPIRITED AWAYSPIRITED AWAY (2002)
This is a film that has been garnering many awards, including Best Asian Film at the Hong Kong Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. It is a film that has adults going to the theater without kids. It is far more than just a children's story.
Click to go to SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIETHE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
Review by Maurice Broaddus: In a nutshell, if you like the cartoon show that this movie is based on, then you will be almost pleased with the movie. The movie touches on all the things you love about the show (or hate about the show, depending on where you fall on the topic of all things SpongeBob), but doesn’t quite deliver.
Click here to go to INSURRECTIONSTAR TREK: INSURRECTION (1998)
The serpent wants the tree of life in paradise.
Click to go to STAR TREK: NEMESISSTAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002)
Review by David Bruce:  The Federation is about to encounter
its greatest challenge – The Romulans want peace. Conceived in the regal senate halls of Romulus and forged in the dilithium mines of Remus, comes a nemesis bent on destroying Picard… and the entire Federation.
Click to go to THE PHANTOM MENACESTAR WARS EPISODE I (1999)
THE PHANTOM MENACE

The journey to the dark side of the force begins.
Click to go to ATTACK OF THE CLONESSTAR WARS EPISODE II (2002)
David Bruce Reviews: There is a great disturbance in the Force. . . . From the sleek ships of the glimmering Coruscant skyscape to the lush gardens of pastoral Naboo, dissent is roiling.
Click to go to STAR WARS EPISODE IIISTAR WARS EPISODE III (2005)
Chancellor Palpatine has grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally, Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him to the dark side.
Click to go to SUPERMANSUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978)
New special edition just released. David Bruce reviews: "In the 1978 movie Superman is really the story of Jesus Christ. Originally inventors Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster made their Superman resonate with their Jewish roots..."
Click to go TARZANTARZAN (1999)
A Disney animated feature is about the meaning of family
Click to go to TEMINATOR 3TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
Review by Mike Furches and David Bruce: The Terminator series structures itself around the Bible story of Jesus Christ. In fact, the main character John Conner's initials are J.C. Also, the dual natures of the terminators should also be noted . They are human/machine as Jesus was human/divine.
Click to go to TOMB RAIDERTOMB RAIDER (2001)
Review coming : The real story is behind the scenes...
Click to go to TOMB RAIDER: CRADLE OF LIFETOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
Review by David Bruce: Laura Croft and her enemies are in search of the legendary Pandora's Box located somewhere in the Cradel of Life. Myths can tell us a lot about life. Pandora opened the forbidden box, Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Both release divine curses (sickness, death, strife, pain) upon humanity. But, the Film ends with Hope. There is a salvation for humanity.
Click to go to UNBREAKABLEUNBREAKABLE (2000)
About finding our place in the world. Welcome to destiny car #177. Fully aware of his destiny and powers David is reborn as a superhero. His dress is significantly altered; Shyamalan uses the devise of rain to bring about this change. Shyamalan also uses the water to set up tension -water is the one weakness of David. I really enjoyed the interplay between strength and weakness.
Click to go to UNDERWORLDUNDERWORLD (2003)
Review by David Bruce: An interestingtake on Romeo and Juliet. Two races have evolved hidden deeply within human culture – the aristocratic, sophisticated Vampires, and the brutal, feral Lycans (werewolves). They are lifelong mortal rivals, sworn to wage a secret war until only one race is left standing.
Click to go to VAN HELSINGVAN HELSING (2004)
Review by Mike Furches: Van Helsing is a hero who’s faith is important and not since Wes Craven’s Dracula 2000 has a movie with monsters had so many spiritual references and twists.
Click to go to WAR OF THE WORLDSWAR OF THE WORLDS (2005)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Rick Gonzalez, David Alan Basche, A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.
Cl;ick to go to X-2X2 (2003)
Review by Mike Furches:
Mutants continue their struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities.
Click here to go to X-FILES X FILES (1998)
There are an amazing amount of connections to popular myth and to the Bible
Click here to go the X-MENX-MEN (2000)
This film is loaded with all kinds of spiritual connects. The power of Community.