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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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Half-Year Favorites of 2016

The first six months of 2016 have come and gone, and with them have been a. Lots of superheroes. Lots of sequels. Lots of animated or CGI talking animals. Even a sequel about CGI talking-animal superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Somehow, none of those types of movies will be found here. Instead, here […]

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Top Youth Ministry Films: Part 7

I love movies, but I am also in youth ministry–the spiritual and identity formation of teenagers and young adults. When those two passions find congruence, it’s a wonderful thing. Here are ten more films about adolescence, youth culture, mentorship, coming-of-age, and identity formation, listed in alphabetical order and with a brief synopsis. You can find […]

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5 Great Football Movies

With the big game coming up this Sunday, some cinephiles may find themselves with little to watch if they’re not sports fans. Here are five great films spanning genres and decades, all about football (in alphabetical order): Brian’s Song (1971, Kulik). Based on a true story, Brian’s Song focuses on the friendship between two professional […]

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My 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

We’re almost a month into the year of 2016, so I better post this list before, y’know, the year is over. Here are the films I’m most eager to see in 2016, in order of release date: Hail, Caesar! (Joel and Ethan Coen). With their darkly comic narratives and quirky-yet-enlightened character, the Coen brothers are some of […]

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