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Author Michael Parnell

Michael Parnell is pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is married and has two boys. His love is for movies, and he can be found in a theater most Fridays.

‘Parasite’

‘Parasite’ is the story of a poor family who embeds themselves into the lives of a rich family. Writer and director Bong Joon-ho’s film won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. That begs the question: Why? […] Read More

‘Joker’

‘Joker’ may be a well-acted movie but its realistic violence makes it difficult to watch. Director Todd Phillips’ film is not for everyone. Its attempt to be a parable of our times ultimately fails to achieve its purpose. […] Read More

‘Ad Astra’

While ‘Ad Astra’ is generating lots of Oscar buzz for Brad Pitt’s performance and delivers a solid message about father-son relationships, this sci-fi tale ultimately falls apart because of weak character development. […] Read More

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is an outlier swimming in a sea of summer’s comic-book movies. It’s a fish-out-of-water tale about two young men. Neither has family, but they find family in each other. […] Read More

Mark Russell’s ‘Second Coming,’ a comic-book series pairing Jesus with a superhero, sparked fiery anger from Christians before publication, but its message is Christianity 101: You can’t win through violence or power, only love. […] Read More

‘Toy Story 4’

In the fourth go-round in the adventures of Woody and Buzz and the rest of the ‘Toy Story’ gang, Woody helps a new toy, who believes he’s destined for the trash heap, find his purpose. […] Read More

‘Us’

Following up on his Oscar-nominated ‘Get Out,’ writer and director Jordan Peele returns with another horror tale. This time, an average family encounters four mysterious strangers who beset them. It’s another hit for Peele. […] Read More

Director Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” takes black-and-white archival footage from World War I and transforms it into vivid color, bringing the war to life with all its horrors. It’s a masterpiece. […] Read More

‘The Hate U Give’

A black teenage girl is the sole witness when her childhood friend is shot and killed by a white police officer in “The Hate U Give,” a film that brings the reality of shooting unarmed black men into clear focus. […] Read More

‘First Man’

‘First Man’ is not like any “man in space” movie you have ever seen. It’s a very quiet movie about a very quiet man, Neil Armstrong, who became a hero to every child in his generation. […] Read More