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Repentance and the Spiritual Fear of Damnation

“What can you say about a movie so horrific that even its title scares people away?” Stephen King asked that question of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a movie that everyone finds terrifying—but for me? The same could be said of Repentance, a 2013 film directed by Phillippe Caland.  Little in the film’s plot suggests the type of dread invoked by …

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Moments of Justice

Midway through the 2019 documentary film Collective, newly appointed Romanian health minister Vlad Voiulescu sits in defeat. After months of crusading against corruption in his country’s healthcare system, Voiulescu realizes that nothing has changed. Mobsters, politicians, and businessmen still put profits above human lives and resist any of his reforms. Utterly forlorn, Voiulescu drops his head …

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Lets White People Off the Hook for Systemic Racism

For a show about masked villains, the Disney+ series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is surprisingly frank in depicting American racism. In the first episode, a White bank manager thrills when he meets Sam Wilson, aka the Black superhero the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), but will not grant his loan request. In episode two, White …

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Minari: The Fruit of the Spirit and the Fruit of Our Labor

Midway through the new film Minari, grandmother Soonja (Yuh-Jung Youn) extols the virtues of the spicy Korean herb that gives the film its name. Standing on the edge of a creek in the Arkansas woods, Soonja praises the plant as she scatters its seeds into foreign soil. “Minari is truly the best,” she tells her grandson David …

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Faithfully Magazine: What Can Superheroes Teach Us About Biblical Justice?

For Faithfully Magazine, I wrote about the possibility of Biblical Justice — a justice that welcomes others and restores the weak and downtrodden — in superhero movies. “[Superman: The Movie] captures so much of what we love about superhero movies: the fantasy that some inexplicable power will rescue us from certain calamity, that miracles arrive …

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