Review: You Already Know if You’ll Like Avengers: Infinity War

“This movie is for fans, not critics.” Defenders of bad but popular films love trotting out that maxim as a justification for their affection. And while the statement itself gets caught in an epistemological knot (critics can’t be fans?), it does contain a kernel of truth. Some movies exist simply to give fans what they…

Renewed Mind Movie Talk

For a while now, I’ve wanted to do something that would help Christians get a better sense of how to approach film and literature. I fear that the effects of the “culture wars” of the 80s still linger, and Christians too often think about movies as just tools of moral education or propaganda, and therefore…

Something to Avenge: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hero Problem

Richard Donner’s Superman: The Motion Picture (1977) and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) may have already proven that moviegoers want to see superheroes on the screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been successful beyond expectation. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, the MCU has been telling a large-scale story without precedent, spanning fourteen big-budget Disney feature…