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5 Films: Theodicy

The “5 Films” series is a brief list of recommended films based on a particular theme or genre, usually sparked by something of relevance in our present-day culture. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there suffering, evil, and injustice in the world? Where is God in all this? Did God allow […]

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5 Films on Immigrants

The “5 Films” series will be a new Cinemayward list of recommendations, similar to this earlier list of football films. These lists aren’t exhaustive, nor are they “the best” of this particular genre. These are simply five recommended films connected by a common idea or theme, usually sparked by something of relevance in our present-day […]

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My 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing in 2017, listed in alphabetical order: Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve). Yes, this could be absolutely terrible. I’m not sure Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner really needs a sequel. But if it’s going to happen, let’s hope it’s incredible. The first trailer looks promising. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan). A WWII […]

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Top 20 Films of 2016

I noticed two thematic threads weaving through the films of 2016, ideas which seem at odds yet perhaps have more in common beyond an initial reaction: grief and coming of age. It seems fitting for a year like 2016 that grief would pervade our filmic imagination. Movies like Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, Arrival, Captain Fantastic, Tower, Don’t Breathe, […]

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Top 15 Favorite Scenes from 2016

While my final Top 10 list is still awaiting the viewing of some key films–namely Silence–here are the scenes from 2016 films that stood out for me. In no particular order: Sing Street – The prom dream dance sequence. It’s pure teenage fantasy joy as Cosmo imagines his life as a 1950s prom dance, where the girl […]

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