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Michael Parnell

‘Eighth Grade’

Middle school is an awkward yet magical time that few adults want to revisit, yet writer and director Bo Burnham captures those feelings in his new film, “Eighth Grade.” […] Read More

As other nations are clamoring for movies and other pop culture from the U.S., the most sought-after exports often aren’t wrapped in “Americanisms.” A lesson for the U.S. church, perhaps? […] Read More

Being a pastor means that if a movie comes to the local theater about a pastor, I have to go see it. Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” presents a pastor who has lost his way. Ethan Hawke is Rev. Ernst Toller, a pastor at an old historic church in upstate New York. About to celebrate its […] Read More

‘Black Panther’

The character of T’Challa / Black Panther has existed in the canon of Marvel Comics since his debut in Fantastic Four No. 52 in 1966. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him as the first black superhero in the Marvel Universe. They did so with a clear vision of wanting to avoid all the cliches […] Read More

One thing you learn in the wild is to avoid a mother bear and her cubs. That mother bear will do anything necessary to keep those cubs safe. “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” presents a human mother bear who is doing anything necessary because one of her cubs was violated. The mother is Mildred […] Read More

‘Blade Runner 2049’

Sometimes, it takes more than one viewing to truly appreciate and understand a movie. You have to sit through more than one showing and see things you did not see before. It also allows you to come away with a greater appreciation of the film. “Blade Runner 2049” is one of those movies. I saw […] Read More

The concept of “spiritual but not religious” arises in nearly every conversation about faith these days. While watching “Same Kind of Different as Me,” I got the feeling that is what the movie was trying to be. The movie tells the story of an art dealer connecting to a homeless man. Based on the true […] Read More

Ten Worst Movies of 2002

A new year brings many “best of” lists, and there were indeed many noteworthy movies in 2002. But there were some bad ones too, so I sit at the keyboard to point out what I consider the 10 worst. So here it goes, in no particular order … “Eight Crazy Nights” Having made one of […] Read More

Fall Movie Preview

Studios traditionally roll out their “heavy gun” movies in the fall. We see the films that will vie for Best Picture and Best Acting Oscars. This fall, there are some unlikely actors giving unlikely performances. A good example is Adam Sandler. Sandler is featured in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love.” Sandler plays a shy […] Read More