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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 5/14/2016

 

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 3/24/2016

 

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 1/17/2016

 

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 9/10/2015

 

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 8/1/2015

 

"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 5/12/2015

 

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 3/21/2015

 

"...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 1/17/2015

 

"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 7/23/2014

 

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 5/25/2014

 

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 3/15/2014

 

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 1/19/2014

 

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 9/28/2013

 

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 7/27/2013

 

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 5/25/2013

 
 By Dale Carson    Films

Native Cooking

“Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder”, but “excitement is in the mouth of the taster”. I think the beauty of a fresh snowfall is wondrous to behold yet you cannot eat... — Updated 3/17/2013

 

Lincoln and Dakota 38

Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln is deceptively titled; this isn’t a biopic in the traditional sense of the form. A better title would be “The 13th Amendment,” but it’s... — Updated 3/17/2013

 

The Hobbit

If you read this column regularly, you know that I am not a fan of comparing books to movies. They are two very different mediums with different strengths that aren’t going to... — Updated 1/19/2013

 

Crooked Arrows

If you’ve been following the story of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team (and if you haven’t, you really should start) you know it’s the kind of thing that would make a... — Updated 12/16/2012

 

Big Miracle on the Ice

In an odd aligning of the cinematic planets, two quite good movies set amongst the Inupiats of Barrow, Alaska have become available on DVD within the last few weeks. Barrow is the... — Updated 9/26/2012

 

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