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Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 51% I Still Believe (2020) As earnestly as the spiritual conflict is handled, opportunities to flesh out the humanity of the characters through other forms of conflict or struggle are overlooked.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
B+ 84% The Way Back (2020) Blends the beats of two familiar genres, the underdog sports movie and the addiction and recovery movie, in the process finding a rhythm that feels at once familiar and not quite like anything I've seen before.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B- 88% Onward (2020) Works more than it doesn't. Scanlon hits the dramatic and emotional beats effectively enough, and there are nice touches that elevate the film. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
B+ 37% Wendy (2020) A film that shouldn't exist. It's a style of moviemaking that seems to have no place in today's cookie-cutter film market - that seems to have no audience, even, unless the audience is you.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
A- No Score Yet Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002) Not a remake of the 1939 classic but a new adaptation of Hilton's sentimental novella... couldn't be more different from the 1939 film, and that's all to the good.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
C 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) They could play John Williams' ominous "Imperial March" over scenes of Uncle Deadly from the Muppets lobbing Green Goblin pumpkin-bombs at Scrat the saber-squirrel (I mean, they literally could, legally...), and many of us would still feel emotions stir.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
A+ 80% A Hidden Life (2019) An ecstatic, anguished three-hour cinematic hymn ... I am awed by parts of The New World, The Tree of Life and To The Wonder; A Hidden Life overwhelms me in its totality.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
D 89% The Two Popes (2019) Undermined by the same penchant for Wikipedia-like biography and oversimplified caricature marking McCarten's other biopic screenplays, The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour and Bohemian Rhapsody.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
A- 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Wisely and gently subversive in blurring the barrier between the as-it-ought-to-be world of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and the as-it-is world of adult conflict and complications.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
C- 77% Frozen II (2019) Despite this warmer tone, Frozen II is pretty much a mess - from the mostly unmemorable songs to the jumble of half-baked to outright bad ideas making up the muddled, complicated plot.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A 93% Light from Light (2019) I'm tempted to call 'Light from Light' the first ghost story I've ever seen that I completely believe.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
A- 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) What makes the portrait of Preynat so effective is that while he's a monster, you also see how this guy won the confidence and respect of parents and parishioners, how he groomed not only children but a whole community.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
D 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) 'Maleficent' at least felt like a fairy tale, if a recycled, darkly subversive one, with something to say. This sequel feels like a set of attitudes and themes in search of material to recycle.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
C 68% Joker (2019) Is it possible, in the world of 'Joker,' to believe in real heroism? Do the filmmakers even care about that question?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/4 91% The Elephant Queen (2019) Anthropomorphism is generally kept to reasonable levels, and the total effect conveys real respect for nature.‐ Salt Lake City Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
C 84% Ad Astra (2019) At once attractive and frustrating.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
A 98% One Child Nation (2019) The filmmakers' politics aside, 'One Child Nation' is overwhelmingly, and on multiple levels, a pro-life film.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
C- 53% The Lion King (2019) Favreau wasn't hired as a creative, but as a taxidermist.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
B 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tony, Tony, Tony. How can we miss you if you won't go away?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As with Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory, it's slick and inventive enough to make time spent with old friends pass quickly and warmly, with plenty of laughs as well as a few tears.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) Forgiveness is a radical act. So is speaking against injustices suffered by minorities but easily overlooked by the majority. 'Emanuel' challenges viewers to recognize the importance of both.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
B- 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's the classic movie monster's dilemma: You either die a villain or live long enough to see yourself become the hero.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) There are no spoilers in this review because how could there be?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 81% Hesburgh (2019) A compellingly attractive if one-sided portrait of a figure of exceptional gifts, astonishingly diverse accomplishments and extraordinary influence.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Builds to an impressively ambitious finale, highlighting both the strengths and the limitations of the franchise as a whole.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
D+ 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Ironically, in its enthusiasm for its exceptional heroine, the film actually undermines Jesus' challenge to the patriarchal norms of his day.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 90% Shazam! (2019) Goofy, often quite funny, sometimes touching, and occasionally a bit darker or nastier than I expected from a superhero movie that seems to want to skew younger than most.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- 40% Unplanned (2019) A kind of cinematic personal testimony, told from Johnson's post-conversion point of view...crafted specifically for Pure Flix's target audience, an audience that is already pro-life.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
C 46% Dumbo (2019) The Disney nostalgia train rumbles on with Tim Burton back at the throttle - not quite throttling the iconic tale, but only barely rising to the challenge, sort of like Casey Junior struggling to clear that daunting hill.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A perfectly fine Marvel installment that I can't fathom deeply loving or hating, although I'm sure many viewers will manage to do both.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
C+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) There's some emotional heft in the end, but my overall sense is that we've stayed too long in this world.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 65% Aquaman (2018) Like the Star Wars prequels, like Avatar, it's a movie with tons of problems, but it also contains images that made me catch my breath - gorgeous and even numinous sights I will remember forever.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Changes what is possible for superhero films and animated films.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B- 59% The Grinch (2018) I'm happy to state, though my praise may be faint-ish / My critical heart is more pleased than complaint-ish. (Review in Seussian verse)‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
D+ 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) There's nothing wrong with artistic borrowing, but the filmmakers just throw all of these borrowed ingredients into a heap without fashioning them into something with a character of its own.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B 60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) Tells a story worth telling, and does so reasonably well, but while it avoids actual preaching, it's still addressed to the choir. That doesn't make it a bad film, but it could have been a better one.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
A- 86% First Man (2018) Ultimately more about the "man" than the "first."... Above all, it's the story of a fragile human being who was never the same after a defining tragedy -- who loved his daughter to the moon and back.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- 38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) Worthwhile religious movies explore the implications and the lived experience of faith or perhaps illuminate the reality of life without it. Path to Redemption has no interest in the first and isn't up to the second.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C+ 73% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) The resolution is clever, giving both secular and religious viewers something to hold on to, but unsatisfying in giving short shrift to the final piece of its complicated puzzle. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B- 61% Operation Finale (2018) Tells a decent story well enough, but what does it want to say?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
C 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Like ‘Finding Neverland,’ full of melancholy and a wan approximation of the whimsical spirit of its literary inspiration.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Completes possibly the most improbable cinematic hat trick in Hollywood history: An unpromising series that began with three patchy, uneven entries has now produced three terrifically entertaining ones.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
C- 62% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) "Zinging" is destiny, and even if it strikes one person before the other, it's still meant to be. In the real world this translates to harassment and stalking.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) I'm not ashamed to say that I most enjoyed "Ant-Man" when it felt like a sequel in spirit to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." "Ant-Man and the Wasp" doubles down on that vibe and then some.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Smart, funny, energetic and a lot of fun, which means it's about as good as we can hope for from the studio that used to be Pixar.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
A 97% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) For a few formative years of our lives, Mr. Rogers showed us the way. Why don't we walk that way? Because of all the voices dominating the discussion ever since.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
A- 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed can hardly imagine a hopeful future for the world, [yet] the film is full of longing for redemption... Toller hopes that his journal is a kind of prayer. Perhaps Schrader hopes the same for his film.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
C 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There's nothing here like the wince-inducing dialogue or wooden acting of George Lucas's prequel trilogy. On the other hand, there's nothing like their visionary quality either.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
A- 83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) If it isn't the documentary final word on the 266th pope, in a way it's something better: It's a winsome, challenging call to take the Gospel more seriously and to work to make the world around us a little bit better.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Yes, I want to see the next Marvel movie. But I long for popcorn movies like the last couple of Mission: Impossible installments, in which, after two-plus hours of ridiculously entertaining action, the mission actually is accomplished.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018