Film and TV Reviews

15:17 to Paris
15:17 to Paris: A Bad Review of an Incredible Story

Clint Eastwood’s film about the incredible acts of heroism performed by Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos largely fails as a cinematic experience. But the story he tells remains an extraordinary tale about courage and God’s leading.

What You Should Know About Wakanda
What You Should Know About Wakanda

Next week marks the release of a new documentary about King T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda. Here is what you should know about the mysterious African nation.

Americans as Killers

National Review‘s critique of the new Western film Hostiles, with Christian Bale in the lead role as a cavalry officer,…

First to Fight Back: A Review of 12 Strong

They were the first boots on the ground in the War on Terror. Their footprints were horse hooves.

Never Surrender: Movie Review of Dunkirk
Never Surrender: Review of Dunkirk

The historic event grounding Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk involved a military crisis that was, in its beginning, as dark, desperate, and seemingly hopeless as it was extraordinary, full of heroism, and even miraculous in its conclusion. Whether his film captures any of that sufficiently is an open question.

A Failure to Discern: Burns & Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is Bad History

The PBS documentary fails to distinguish moral differences between belligerents, to account for the post-1968 strategy, and to learn the right lessons.

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Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target

In this first of a two-part review, Mac Owens reflects on the Ken Burns & Lynn Novick PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” and why it falls short of its effort to provide a balanced view of the conflict.

The King's Choice Movie Review
King’s Choice, Honorable Statecraft & Just War

New Norwegian film ‘The King’s Choice’ about the king who defied Nazi invasion provides important lessons about honorable statecraft and Just War teaching.

Viceroy's House & the Great Game
Viceroy’s House & the Great Game

Fans of Downton Abby will appreciate that Hugh Bonneville (i.e., Lord Grantham) portrays another aristocrat, Lord Mountbatten, in the new film…