Movie Review

Keep Your Eyes on the Trees: An Essay on 1917, the Most Profound Film Since Tree of Life
Keep Your Eyes on the Trees: An Essay on 1917, the Most Profound Film Since Tree of Life

1917 certainly is not a “one trick” movie, nor is it “soulless” or “bad” or “bombast” or a mere slice of cake. No, it is a work of art. It is a beautiful film. It is a deceptively deep inquiry into the value of life, the treasured heritage of Western civilization, and the importance of martial courage.

Black Panther’s Flawed and Outmoded Monarchy
Black Panther’s Flawed and Outmoded Monarchy

For all Black Panther’s futurism, its formal kingship is rather archaic in modern Africa.

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.

Star Wars 40 Years Ago American Renewal Responsibility Patriotism
“Star Wars” 40 Years Ago

The rhapsodic public reception that Star Wars received 40 years ago in America, even as it was originally banned in the Soviet Union, was part of a larger, slowly emerging renewal of American confidence in its democratic principles and in its global responsibilities.

Historian Tom Holland’s film goes to the Islamic roots of ISIS
Historian Tom Holland’s film goes to the Islamic roots of ISIS

On Wednesday night, historian Tom Holland sticks his neck on the line when his latest film for Channel 4 TV, Isis: The Origins of Violence, airs in Britain.

A Bold Step in the Right Direction, but not Without Flaws: A Historical Critique of Bitter Harvest
A Bold Step in the Right Direction, but not Without Flaws: A Historical Critique of Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest is a touching film about a tragic and important piece of history. That being said, it is undoubtedly not without several discernible weaknesses that detract from its overall quality.

Secret Soviet Genocide Brought to the Silver Screen: The Holodomor’s Hidden History behind Bitter Harvest
Secret Soviet Genocide Brought to the Silver Screen: The Holodomor’s Hidden History behind Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest professionally illustrates the Holodomor, one of 20th-century Europe’s central tragedies and one of the Soviet Union’s greatest crimes against humanity.

An Ode to Men of a Violent Mold: Logan, a review

A profoundly violent, sublimely beautiful film

Hacksaw Ridge
Because Courage Comes in Different Kinds

A review of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge