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Movies with racially-offensive portions blocked

BURBANK, Calif.—Children under seven years old can no longer watch some of the old Disney films on the Disney+ streaming platform. Their accounts have recently been blocked from accessing a list of films that are deemed c... — Updated 3/27/2021


Two popular movies available in Navajo language

BURBANK, Calif.-As media offerings in Indigenous languages increase, The Walt Disney Company has joined the team. Those who have the Disney+ streaming service can now see "Finding Nemo" and "Star Wars: A New Hope" in the Navajo... — Updated 3/27/2021

 By Will Krischke    Films

Film Review

He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -Micah 6:8 Just Mercy is based... — Updated 8/6/2020


Indigenous Taika Waititi makes Oscar history

Los Angeles, Calif.-At the Academy Awards on February 9, 2020, Taiki Waititi was the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar, and was the first indigenous person to be... — Updated 4/8/2020

 By Will Krishchke    Films

Film Review

There's not much to do in Chinle, Arizona besides play basketball or do drugs. Everyone in town knows where to find the purveyors of both activities; in an early scene in... — Updated 4/8/2020

 By Will Krishchke    Films

"Birds of Passage" Flies Askance

Most gangster movies, though they involve people doing terrible things like selling drugs and murdering competitors, are built on a Judeo-Christian ethic-for instance, the scene in... — Updated 11/3/2019

 By Will Krischke    Films

Film Review

When Indian Horse opens on a Native family fleeing with white settlers in a canoe, you'd be excused for thinking this takes place several hundred years ago. After his brother dies... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By Will Krischke    Films

Roma and Juanita: Tales of Two Women

Alfonso Cuarón is one of my favorite directors. He made the best Harry Potter films, The Prisoner of Azkaban; the fantastic and memorable Children of Men, which is, at least on... — Updated 6/3/2019


Sweet Country

Sweet Country is a ponderous, brutal, and powerful movie about life in the Australian Outback in the 1920s. It is a very fine piece of filmmaking that I recommend with caution:... — Updated 11/24/2018

 By Will Krischke    Films

Paul, Apostle of Christ-Three Movies in One

There's a decent movie buried under the mess that is Paul, Apostle of Christ. There might even be two decent movies here. The trouble is, first-time director Andrew Hyatt and the... — Updated 9/10/2018


First Reformed: Puzzling, Provocative, Powerful

First Reformed is a puzzling, provocative, powerful movie. Ethan Hawke stars as Ernst Toller, the rector of a very small, very old Dutch Reformed church somewhere in upstate New... — Updated 7/17/2018

 By Will Krishchke    Films

Cultural Differences at Core of Two Recent Movies

Same Kind of Different as Me Same Kind of Different as Me is a movie clearly made with a lot of love, but not a lot of skill. It's based on the true story of the friendship between... — Updated 5/21/2018

 By Will Krischke    Films

Hostiles Fails to Get Beyond Stereotypes

It took me a while to get ahold of the narrative tone of The Hostiles, because, when it opens on a white family living alone on the frontier in 1892, I saw trespassers-not good... — Updated 3/16/2018


Two Recent Indigenous Films Worth Your Time

Te Ata feels like a Hallmark production, if Hallmark were ever even slightly willing to be critical of the United States government and its Indian policies. It is a well-meaning tri... — Updated 1/4/2018



While Fences was released on Christmas Day in 2016, our reviewer, Will Krischke, feels if you haven't seen it yet-or even if you have-it's a perfect movie to pop into your DVD... — Updated 11/16/2017


Wind River Reminds Moviegoers: Native Women Matter

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS—September 10, 2017) I remember how heart-broken I was in May 2016 when 11-year old Ashlynne Mike was found murdered and violated on the Navajo Reservation. That morning I had awakend to an Amber A... — Updated 10/5/2017


Dark, Brooding, and Fantastic

The Wind River Reservation is in Wyoming, about halfway between Casper and Jackson. My parents live in Casper, though I didn't grow up there and don't know the area very well. My... — Updated 10/5/2017


Blood Tribe actor from Alberta speaks Blackfoot language in Wonder Woman movie

HOLLYWOOD, CA-"I'm so grateful to represent my people, my culture and my language," says Eugene Brave Rock Eugene Brave Rock has been travelling the world, chasing his dream of... — Updated 7/15/2017


A DC Comics movie that doesn't suck

So here's the thing we've got to keep in mind: the bar for Wonder Woman is ridiculously low. After the total disaster that was Batman v. Superman, the exercise in tastelessness... — Updated 7/15/2017


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 5/12/2017



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 3/13/2017


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 1/9/2017


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

Kubo and the Two Strings "If you must blink,..." "If you must blink, do it now." That's the first line of "Kubo and the Two Strings, spoken over a dark screen, and it's good advice,... — Updated 9/9/2016


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 7/19/2016


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