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Refusing to Live in Fear
Jacob Sahms
The Boxtrolls is a beautiful movie, visually and morally, but it's probably over the heads of most kids (and maybe some adults...) Experience a new world, watch with wonder. And consider what your world would look like if you abolished fear.




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Missing the Mark
Darrel Manson
Women and children first or every man for himself? Which is stronger—the instinct to survive or the instinct to protect those you love? What does it mean to be a man, husband, and father? What is courage? These are the issues that come to the fore in Force Majeure.




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Conversion Story
Jacob Sahms
A film about a mob boss who meets Jesus? This I gotta see.




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Wrestling (With) Demons
Jason N.
Bana is believable, but still seems to overreach at times when trying to convey emotion. Mendoza, on the other hand, shines, transitioning from meek to fierce and back again. He is a calm, introspective priest, but a savage exorcist.




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Coming To Grips With Our Past
Jacob Sahms
A story of Native American history and culture, the film dreamily moves between past and present until the critical moments when a boy must choose to become a man.




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With the Flow
Darrel Manson
A river is very much a living thing. It is an ecosystem, a resource, a place for enjoyment, a historical artifact. Yakona gives us a look at the San Marcos River in Texas and offers us a chance to appreciate its many facets.




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Immigrants' Tale
Darrel Manson
A Chinese gang movie. Perhaps you think of Jackie Chan and carefully choreographed martial arts battles. Put that out of your head. Revenge of the Green Dragons has much more in common with Mean Streets or The Godfather Trilogy than it does with martial arts slugfests. Maybe a large part of that is that this is a story of the American Dream, albeit a perversion of that dream.




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Welcome To The Feud
Jacob Sahms, Editor
Walking away from the theater, I wanted to hug my kids tighter, and be less critical; I wanted to tell my wife I love her, and that we're in it for the long haul. To me, that's a successful film, if it can make you think, and process, and forgive. That's story, scriptural or cinematic, and it's the lifeblood of the lessons we learn and the hope we have for change.




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Finding Sight In Blindness
Jacob Sahms, Editor
Travis Freeman, a real-life teenager from Corbin, Kentucky, goes blind overnight, throwing his world into darkness and impacting the lives of those in his family, on his football team, and within the community. But this is a bigger-than-Hollywood kind of sports story, the kind even Disney couldn't dream up, as Freeman (played by Mark Hafka) decides that playing it safe is not an option.




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Adrift in Grief
Darrel Manson
Rudderless is the story of a man set adrift in his grief. Sam, an advertising executive, has his world torn asunder when his son dies in a shooting on a college campus. He just can't get over it and two years later is living in an alcoholic haze on a boat.




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A Story of Sin and Repentance
Darrel Manson
When Darius Clark Monroe was sixteen he was in honors classes at school. He served on the student council. He had a job and a loving family. When he was seventeen he entered prison after having been convicted of bank robbery. In Evolution of a Criminal, Monroe tells his own story of how this happened and, more importantly, what has happened since.




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Teaser Trailer Finally Here
Mark Sommer
At long last, the Teaser Trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies is out, and we have it here. There is a bit of a teaser within the teaser for those who know the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy well. Jackson has chosen to use Billy Boyd's "All Shall Fade" from The Return of the King. Will Pete find a way to bring Pippin into the movie? Click through to view.




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The Unglory Of War
Jacob Sahms, Editor
As graphic as Lone Survivor and yet as emotionally exploratory as Zero Dark Thirty, Fury combines a terrific writer/directorial effort by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) with lifetime best level performances by Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal.




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What Is Marriage?
Jacob Sahms
I didn't read the book, so I went in mostly... blind. That's fitting for a film that is basically about the covers we put up to hide our true selves, and the secrets no one else knows. The best picture I've seen this year, it's more than mildly disturbing, incredibly suspenseful, and a lens by which we might examine our own relationships... especially in marriage.




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