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Two films: One controversial but both powerful

The Shack Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Matsubara In The Shack, Sam Worthington plays a guy named Mack, who, after a family... — Updated 05/12/2017

 

FILM REVIEWS

La La Land Hidden Figures La La Land "La La Land" seems to barely exist as a movie. It is so light and breezy, so stocked with nostalgia and whimsy, dream sequences, and references... — Updated 03/13/2017

 

Violent portrayal about how terrible violence is Hacksaw Ridge

When he was a young man in West Virginia, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) made a vow to God that he would never touch a gun or intentionally hurt another human being. In "Hacksaw... — Updated 01/9/2017

 

Films offer insight into Navajo culture and oil industry

Drunktown's Finest Deepwater Horizon "Drunktown's Finest" is set in the fictional town of Dry Lake, New Mexico, which is pretty clearly a stand-in for Gallup, New Mexico. If you're... — Updated 11/14/2016

 

Film Reviews

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Only one-third is worth seeing

"If you miss the first half of the movie, you're not really missing much...." If you go see "Free State of Jones," go ahead and take your time getting popcorn and soda pop. If you... — Updated 07/19/2016

 

Charlie's Country and another lesser quality movie

David Gulpilil has been around Hollywood movies for a long time. He's the actor most often called when productions need an Australian aborigine (really, it's kind of depressing how... — Updated 05/14/2016

 

The Revenant

The Revenant" is set in what is now North Dakota/Montana in the 1820s. (The film fudges a little on its location as it was shot in British Columbia, which has the Rockies versus Nor... — Updated 03/24/2016

 

Two films that insult our intelligence

As "Big Game" opens, a 13-year-old boy must go hunting on his own, armed with only a bow and arrow, as part of a coming-of-age ceremony. Whatever he brings back-rabbit, deer,... — Updated 01/17/2016

 

Sobering versus humanistic

Between "Everest," and the "The Martian," the movie-plex this fall seems to be full of films about places where the tiniest mistake can result in almost certain death. If Hollywood... — Updated 11/14/2015

 

Double Feature: Animation verges on the miraculous and an action flick that's everything it should be

What's my favorite thing about Pixar's excellent new film, "Inside Out?" All the way home, my six-year-old was using the basic concept to talk about things that have been going on... — Updated 09/10/2015

 

A post apocalyptic adrenaline rush

Mad Max is a two-and-a-half hour post-apocalyptic car chase through the desert, with very little dialogue or plot. It's an adrenaline rush, an unapologetic popcorn movie. But that... — Updated 08/1/2015

 

"Slapstick" violence versus "sledgehammer" message about race

The good people who made Kingsman: The Secret Service feel, in no uncertain terms, that spy movies have gotten all-too-serious. You should know that going in; this movie is silly... — Updated 05/12/2015

 

Story of memory, identity, and trauma

Based on the 1974 novel by James Welch, "Winter in the Blood" is a dreamy, often brutally dark film about an alcoholic on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Chaske Spencer plays... — Updated 03/21/2015

 

"...here we are...still talking"

"You don't always agree with me, and I don't always agree with you, and yet here we are... still talking." The little boy who plays God (or God's messenger) in Exodus: Gods and... — Updated 01/17/2015

 

"Best job I ever had."

This is the toast members of a tank crew all offer to each other at the end of a particularly intense battle sequence in the new World War II drama Fury. They're being sarcastic... — Updated 12/4/2014

 
 By Willie Krischke    Films

Pretty decent films with cautionary warning

Two pretty decent films about Native Americans (and featuring Native American actors) have recently been released on DVD. "The Road to Paloma" stars Jason Momoa, who also directed... — Updated 10/12/2014

 
 By Disney Films    Films

Another Prequel rescued by lead actress

A Film Review by Willie Krischke Okay, I know what you're thinking. Do we really need another prequel? Another origin story? Is it that important to know what all our heroes looked... — Updated 07/23/2014

 

Thank God for Community

We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. –John 1:14 The last part of that verse both inspires and haunts me:... — Updated 05/25/2014

 

Twisting the knife for the sake of it

The cinematic offerings that highlight Native American or Indigenous issues or feature promising Native American or Indigenous actors have been pretty thin lately, but I thought... — Updated 03/15/2014

 

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Now that we're two-thirds of the way through it, The Hobbit trilogy is forming up to be Middle Earth-lite. It's an entertaining series of movies for any and all who thought Lord of... — Updated 01/19/2014

 

Big Action Movie with Sledgehammer Revelation

Ender's Game is a movie about war and children. Set in the distant future, humanity has barely survived an attack by a vastly superior alien enemy, almost entirely due to luck and g... — Updated 11/23/2013

 

Relegating Native Americans to the past The Lone Ranger

It seems like all Native America wanted to talk about this summer was “The Lone Ranger” and whether it honored or offended Native Americans. I’ve read articles from Native... — Updated 09/28/2013

 

Fun and fast-paced, it's a hoot!

Star Trek: Into Darkness is a hoot. It’s fun and fast-paced, hurtling from one side of the galaxy to the other and then back again. It’s both accessible for newcomers to the “... — Updated 07/27/2013

 

42: The kind of movie Jackie Robinson would want

As anybody who knows anything already knows, 42 is the answer to the question of Life, the Universe and Everything. It also happens to be the number Jackie Robinson, the first... — Updated 05/25/2013

 

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