The Muppets are back to the cinema after twelve long agonizing years for fans that withstood the brunt in the interim of terrible, terrible, terrible Muppet telefilms. The Muppet gang (along with Disney) are trying to bring back their former glory. Can guest celebrity appearances and a big budget turn the tide? Will ‘The Muppets’ be recognized as a sensational, celebrational, muppetational movie by old and new fans? Find out now on Movieology!
‘Hugo’ is the astonishing adventures of a boy who lives in a Paris train station, and the enigmatic owner of a toy shop there. Hugo Cabret is a wily and resourceful lad whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him to reveal a secret and loving place he can call home.
The cat that needs no introduction, Puss in Boots, is back (from the ‘Shrek’ film series) with a movie adventure of his own! The story is his rise to legendary status as a criminal, hero, and “the furry lover.” The friendship that turns rotten between Puss and Humpty Dumpty is loaded with themes of loyalty and betrayal as they seek to find mercy and justice together. Is this spinoff family flick purrrrfect? Or is it worthy of the litter box? Find out now on Movieology!
In Time proposes a system where time is money, and the wealthy can live forever. The poor die young, and ‘the rich never live’ they say. It’s up to Will Salas to liberate mankind from the market of commoditized time. So does capitalism rule over this sci-fi adventure? Or does marxism steal this twisted romance? Find out now on Movieology!
Under-handed backstabbing, hypocrisy, intrigue, and blackmail. These are not vices — they’re just standard politics. Ryan Gosling is put through the ringer trying to do everything to keep one scandal after another under wraps and away from the press in the Mike Morris campaign. But can he do this without crossing the line in the sand? How does the ‘The Ides of March’ challenge all of our credences with earnest drama? Is this just another liberal spin on truth, justice, and the American way? Find out now on Movieology!
‘Seven Days in Utopia’ is played to be a golfer’s journey into the heart and soul of the game. Golfing can be fun (so they say) and this film wants to show us how it reflects the game of life. Utopia is not an imaginary place, but a part of our world that few people — let alone sports enthusiasts — ever get to experience. Robert Duvall plays an astute retired golfer that can teach the young and misled golfer wannabe a thing or two about life. So does this work? Or are we left wishing we had instead gone to see ‘The Lion King’ in 3D? Find out now on Movieology!
International spies, political intrigue, deadly secrets, and harrowing action… these are startling and compelling qualities for the American version of the Israeli film called ‘The Debt’. Does this dark film addressing controversial political topics shed light on moral absolutes like truth and justice? Find out now on Movieology!
‘Spy Kids 4’ promises action-packed family togetherness and out of this world aromas with the Aromascope. ‘Part 4’ introduces a whole new family of spies with unique family shortcomings and ambitions, but is the new spy family a welcome refresh to the otherwise silly continuation of this movie’s franchise? Find out now on Movieology!
Matt Dillon and Rooster Cogburn have nothin’ on a rag-tag band of cowpokes wrestling’ with aliens for their way of western life. Daniel Craig’s performance as Lonergan (a real “loner”) is a stranger in a town that will not accept him till he repents and turns from his jaded trace record. Between making good and saving the world from aliens, Lonergan makes time to ponder life after death and God’s sovereignty—or lack thereof. But does ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ withstand the clash of genres? Find out now on Movieology!
It all ends in this film. Harry Potter will defeat the one we don’t speak of, or fail the magic and muggle worlds completely to their ruin. So does ‘The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ go out on a high note and give us something more than wizardry propaganda? As worldview enthusiasts, how do we identify the differences in worldview constructs seen throughout the ‘Harry Potter’ mythos? Joseph explores the overarching abstracts of J.K. Rowling’s magical kingdom in this episode of Movieology!
Autobots roll in for yet another box office smash hit. Audiences are thrilled with yet another bazaar of tantalizing thrills that exploit most everything known to man. The exploits—whether they be heart-pounding action violence or Victoria’s Secret-like sexuality—seem to have a spell-binding effect. Regardless of whether or not this attack on the senses works for mass audience appeal, is Michael Bay’s film anything more than hype over visual bombardment? Find out right now on Movieology!
Pixar’s latest ‘Cars 2’ has critics in a tail spin and speeding away from theater showings. What’s so different from this film and the popular prequel of 2006? On this episode, we have Ben Hodges as a guest reviewer to go in-depth into the first ‘Cars’ film to give us some insights into what might be influencing public opinion of the sequel. Have you seen the earmarks of socialism, and even Marxism in the original ‘Cars’? Ben uncovers these and more on today’s Movieology!
‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ paraded into cinemas this past weekend. Jim Carrey’s latest has adorable birds of the Antarctic to muse us with their charms. But not all is well for Mr. Popper and the birds in his care in New York City…. Is the movie a playful penguin party people particularly take pleasure in? Or are people providing poor reception to this comedy? Find out now on Movieology!
One of the most popular super hero movie franchises of the last decade, ‘X-Men: First Class’ takes us back to 1962 to witness the origins of some of the most well-known comic book mutants. This historically fictitious depiction of the Cold War broaches a critical issue: is there such a thing as good and evil […]
Most moviegoers pick and choose films they’ll see in theaters from the influence movie trailers and marketing. So what are the movie critics there for? With so many secular critics out there providing every imaginable point of view on films, why is it we don’t thoughtfully consider their take on movies before spending money at the box office? Joseph Darnell continues to interview Clark Douglas on these issues and more in this episode of Movieology!
All great movies are stories of redemption. Why redemption in movies matters is because it relates to something about how we should live; the way we view the world and things like right and wrong are embedded in the redemption of stories. Joseph shows you how to identify one crucial element of a redemptive story: […]
The beaver is here to save Walter’s life, but is the beaver the right treatment for Walter’s inner demons? Oddly enough, Mel Gibson’s new film ‘The Beaver’ mirrors events in his own family life. If the fictional character can overcome his dilemmas with something as unorthodox as a beaver puppet, does Mel stand a chance? […]
Ayn Rand’s world renown Atlas Shrugged finally makes it to the silver screen, then it bombs! The film is just the first installment for what is/was destined to be a trilogy to explore the novel’s full potential. But with it struggling to find an audience, one has to wonder…have critics misjudged this Randian cult classic […]