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Author Mike 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.


An old Hollywood cliché has it that actors really want to direct. Ben Affleck is an actor who now directs. “Argo” is his third directorial effort, and I feel it is his best. The story is about how six employees from the U.S. embassy in Tehran escaped while it was being overrun in 1979. These […] Read More


Movies have played with the idea of time travel in many ways. Most famous is probably the trio of “Back to the Future” movies. In them, we see how changes in the past, wrought by one from the future, can create huge ripples in time. In “Looper,” writer and director Rian Johnson uses time travel […] Read More

“The Master”

Director Paul Thomas Anderson does more than just put pictures up on a screen. He is an artist that creates a canvas, lush and beautiful. Then he coaxes performances from actors that are some of the best in current cinema. His latest movie, “The Master,” is a prime example. The story focuses on two diametrically […] Read More


From the folks that gave us “Coraline” comes a new stop-motion animated movie, “ParaNorman.” Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a kid that loves old zombie movies. But that’s not the most interesting thing about him: Norman has the ability to see and speak to the dead. The movie uses that old cliché that the dead […] Read More

At the end of John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” Ma Joad sums up the life of the poor and downtrodden. “Rich fellas come up an’ they die, an’ their kids ain’t no good an’ they die out,” she says. “But we keep a comin’. We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out; […] Read More

Dorothy Allison wrote, “Things come apart so easily when they are held together by lies.” “The Dark Knight Rises” illustrates this point well. It is eight years since the ending of “The Dark Knight.” Gotham City is in a state of peace. Harvey Dent, who died at the end of the previous movie, became a […] Read More

I have written moviereviews at long enough that I’ve now reviewed a movie that’s a reboot of what I consider a recent movie. In 2002, Sam Raimi brought the story of Peter Parker to the screen. I say Peter Parker because the story of Spider-Man is always the story of Peter Parker, not Spider-Man. […] Read More


Disney and Pixar bring another movie about a princess to the screen. “Brave” is the story of Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Merida is at the age to be given over in marriage. This is an arranged marriage, and Merida wants nothing to do with […] Read More


“Prometheus” is the highly anticipated new movie from director Ridley Scott. It is highly anticipated for the belief that this movie returns Scott to the storyline of one of his great triumphs, 1979’s “Alien.” “Prometheus” focuses on the exploration of a moon within a system of planets. These planets are identified from a primitive cave […] Read More

“The Avengers”

I saw “The Avengers” twice over the weekend. I have two sons, one in college and one at home. I went with one son on Friday and one son on Sunday. At the showing on Sunday, we sat in front of a boy about 9 years old. As the movie played out, this young fan […] Read More