What the Amish can teach us about surviving apocalyptic times

May 11, 2020 by and

I took a walk the other day, because getting some respite from the narrow confines of my little suburban home is a blessing these days. About half a mile from our house, there’s a ubiquitous slice of strip...

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Andres: How disaster stories give us hope

May 4, 2020 by

In the last two months, my go-to stories featured disasters and dystopias. I watched the Hunger Games films, Contagion, 2012, the Insurgent series, World War Z, Oblivion, the new Amazon series Tales from the...

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Andres: Parasites, islands and tables

Mar 23, 2020 by

Parasite received much attention after it collected top awards at the Oscars last month. The film is an engrossing and fable-like story that lingers in your thoughts long after the credits play. Set in South...

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Andres: Family dynamics

Feb 10, 2020 by

During the recent film awards season, The Farewell has garnered a lot of attention. A comedy-drama written and directed by Lulu Wang, the film centers around Chinese American Billi, who learns her grandmother...

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Longhurst: Little-known martyr

Oct 14, 2019 by

Every year, when Nov. 11 (Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the World War I armistice) rolls around, Canadians reflect on the many who gave their lives during that war and the dwindling number of World War...

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Andres: Retelling the Gospels

Sep 30, 2019 by

Earlier this year, the family-friendly streaming service Vidangel and Christian filmmaker Dallas Jenkins made Hollywood history after raising more than $10 million dollars in a crowdfunding campaign to fund...

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Filmmaker returns to Kansas for short film about guns

Aug 5, 2019 by and

Concerned about gun violence in her Chicago neighborhood and a breakdown in public discourse on a national level, Emily Railsback did what any filmmaker would do. She went to Hillsboro, Kan., to make a...

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Andres: Not your typical biblical movie

May 27, 2019 by

After being released overseas last year, Mary Magdalene made it to U.S. theaters in early April and began streaming this month on Amazon. Directed by Garth Davis (who also directed Lion, one of my favorite...

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Andres: Love weighs what’s best

Jun 18, 2018 by

Infinity Wars, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brings together multiple threads woven through many of the previous 19 films. It’s fun to watch the Avengers finally meet up with...

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What superhero films teach us about heroism

May 15, 2018 by

Over the weekend, I watched the new blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. Although I enjoyed it, I am puzzled by — and a bit concerned about — the massive and continuous popularity of superhero movies. Part...

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Andres: The ghosts that haunt us

Apr 24, 2017 by

Last month, the live-action remake of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell hit theaters. Set in a future when many humans are augmented with cybernetic enhancements, the story follows Major Mira Killian,...

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Leave vengeance to God

Feb 29, 2016 by

Writer and director Scott Derrickson recently posted on Twitter: “I believe that in future history the revenge ethic will be seen as the great cinematic signature of American mental [and] spiritual...

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