Mr. Holland’s Opus (Stephen Herek, 1995)

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Mr. Holland’s Opus has much to tell us, but in its rush to do so it sets up shop awkwardly: Roadweary musician Glen Holland…

Signs (M. Night Shyamalan, 2002)

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There is plenty about Signs we’d love to mention in this review, but won’t because that would ruin it if you haven’t seen it…

King Kong (Peter Jackson, 2005)

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Aboard the S.S. Venture, a young sailor looks up from his reading and asks the first mate, “It isn't an adventure story, is it,…

Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)

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One day, several lives, a lot of pain, and one thing connecting them all. Are they connected by their misery, by chance, by blood,…

Magnolia (P. T. Anderson, 1999)

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Not so long ago I was speaking to university students from throughout Indiana. After one session an undergraduate from Purdue came up to talk.…

Crash (Paul Haggis, 2004)

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One of the more delightful parts of my work as a campus minister at the University of Texas at Austin is watching films with…

Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis, 2000)

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Knowing my interest in the whys and wherefores of learning, a good friend sent me an essay last summer by the agrarian philosopher Wendell…

Big Kahuna (John Swanbeck, 1999)

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This movie has such a simple plot that most of the action occurs in a single room. And most of the action involves nothing…

March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, 2005)

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This morning we began our day on the porch, bundled against a cool breeze blowing off the lake. We sipped hot coffee and watched…