X-Men First Class is entertaining and at times engaging. However, some of the film's major elements may pose a problem for many moviegoers: It relies on evolutionary theory; it includes confusing references to historical events; it presents a seemingly sympathetic view of Communism; and it regales in revenge and rage — and even utter brutality.
Kung Fu Panda 2 showcases Po the Panda living out his dream as China’s Dragon Warrior. Kung Fu seems to come much easier to Po in this sequel, as it should after the strenuous accelerated learning techniques he underwent in the first film. Unfortunately, Po’s new talent may be short-lived as he learns that both Kung Fu and his homeland of China are in danger, and sets out with the Furious Five to save the day in this installment.
In its fourth installment of the highly acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides deals with powerful themes of honor, sacrifice, and morality in a world characterized by sin, sexuality, and piracy. This latest installment is an unapologetically Christian film, but its ominous backdrop and debauchery may make it less likely to be viable family fare and perhaps a better fit for older audiences.
Norma McCorvey, better known as plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., makes an important cameo appearance in the upcoming big-screen Hollywood movie Doonby, now being screened for select audiences. The film, a psychological thriller that addresses abortion and other life issues, stars John Schneider (of Dukes of Hazard fame, left) as a mysterious drifter who blows into a small Texas community, drawing first the admiration, and then the suspicion and animosity of the townspeople. (Click on the Doonby trailer, below)
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities," Mark Twain said. Obviously, when conspiracy and deception are involved, the truth can be particularly strange — and it can also be particularly hard to unearth and then make widely known. Such is the case regarding the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
Something is terribly wrong. The Dow has dropped below 4,000, gasoline (when available) costs $37.50 a gallon, the nation's infrastructure is deteriorating, businessmen are wearing sandwich boards asking for work. Government's response to the enervated economy is to impose even more regulations and forced wealth-redistribution on already-highly regulated business and industry. A gray palpable pall hangs over the land. Meanwhile, the nation's most productive citizens begin to disappear voluntarily, one by one. But why? The question is answered by another question as mysterious as the disappearances themselves: "Who is John Galt?"
Individualists and money grubbers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your servility and confiscatory tax rates. After all these increasingly collectivized decades, Atlas Shrugged, the movie, is finally coming to the big screen. It opens in limited release, appropriately, this Friday — Tax Day. Check your local listings, or this page at the official movie website, to see if it is playing in your area.
Based on the true story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who undergoes massive physical and emotional trauma after suffering from a shark attack, Soul Surfer is an unapologetic Christian film that has the capacity to hold the attention of its moviegoers from beginning to end.
Matthew 10:34-39 — wherein Jesus says, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth," and promises that "he who loses his life for My sake will find it" — seems an appropriate passage to describe the account of nine Trappist monks caught in an Algerian village in 1996. Of Gods and Men is a French film, directed by Xavier Beauvois, with English subtitles, and is being shown in select theaters.
The most recent incarnation of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 romantic novel is a welcome one among modern movie choices. The movie generally follows the novel, and is refreshingly free of elements found in movies that earn R ratings. It does carry a PG-13 rating, but most likely only for the complicated story line and somber atmosphere of Jane's early life — certainly not for any sexual situations.
Adapted from one of Jeff Kinney’s best-selling graphic novels, the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules showcases both sibling rivalry and brotherly love and proves to be a humorous sequel to its 2010 predecessor.