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Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% The Way Back (2020) A story about second chances, redemption, and renewal; the path back to life after descending to the depths.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Fatherhood is a fragile, precious thing, and Ford v Ferrari captures this well.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy powerfully captures the maddening anguish of innocent people who spend years of their lives behind bars-years they can never get back.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
90% Dark Waters (2019) Captures the 'long pursuit' aspect of justice especially well ... Justice-seeking is often a lonely pursuit. It doesn't win profits or popularity. It's costly more than lucrative.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The action is propulsive and unrelenting, greatly enhanced by the 'time running out' motif of real-time plot.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
80% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is a psalm crying out to the God of refuge and deliverance. It's also a cinematic sermon on the mount, envisioning the upside-down kingdom of God from a literal mountaintop.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Sort of like the Forrest Gump of gangster movies. It tells a specific man's story but against the backdrop of a half-century of American history. ‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ultimately Jojo is a film about change: the possibility and process of it; how it happens; why it's compelling to watch.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is the perfect bogeyman for our age, embodying the toxic, corrosive power of an entertainment-obsessed, hyper-mediated society of spectacle.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) One of the most theologically interesting [films] of the year.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) This is a rare movie that is sincere, joyous, and un-cynical, but also artfully made ... In dark and anxious times, we need more films like this.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
86% First Man (2018) For all its technical merits, narrative intrigue, and fine acting, something feels hollow.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
76% Smallfoot (2018) [The film's] simplistic binary between faith and science dangerously obscures the more nuanced reality.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
60% Operation Finale (2018) [Operation Finale] reminds us that ultimate justice, true 'finale' judgment, is not up to us or even possible in this life.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
73% Christopher Robin (2018) As any artist or creator will attest, along with Pooh, it is often the 'unproductive' spaces and 'irrelevant' explorations that lead to the best things.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Eighth Grade (2018) The film shows the disturbing disconnect between online confidence and in-person self-consciousness.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Recovery Boys (2018) The film is beautifully made: moving without being manipulative, informative without being didactic, subtly observational in the manner of great documentary filmmaking.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) We may never have another Mister Rogers, but shouldn't we be looking for ways to use media the way he did -- to edify and dignify and model virtue?‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% First Reformed (2018) It makes astute observations about the state of religion generally in our secular age, as well as the toxic temptations facing Christians particularly.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) It reminds us of the dignifying power of work and purpose in human existence, even as it ponders the meaning of life when these things are taken away.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Heretic (2018) The Heretic comes across more as an extended PR reel for Bell than a documentary that engages all sides of his story.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
68% Come Sunday (2018) A cautionary tale about the abuses and theological confusion that can arise in charismatic cultures where 'God told me' is common parlance.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) A chastening, timely picture of the corrosive effects of power and the compromises we make in the name of self-preservation.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Infectiously interested in the gratuitous and quirky beauty of the world.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
72% Hostiles (2018) A film with a distinctly Christian grasp of universal culpability and reconciling grace.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
97% Mudbound (2017) There is a lot of sin to go around in Mudbound, a film whose agrarian setting feels like a sort of Paradise Lost.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) Despite the seeming hopelessness of their tragic situation, the children of The Florida Project are mostly full of precocious joy.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
69% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck explores the awe, innocence, and curiosity of childhood -- even when surrounded by adult dangers and trauma.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
95% All Saints (2017) Here's another question the film raises: what if refugees and immigrants are part of God's answer to our prayers for revival in the American church? ‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's knack for 'sculpting in time' reaches a new apex. Dunkirk is to Nolan as 'David' is to Michelangelo. It's his masterpiece.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A film that groans for grace amid the brutality of a dog-eat-dog world.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
94% Arrival (2016) A film that uses an alien encounter on earth to probe deeper questions about faith, time, suffering, and love.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
89% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) A short but sprawling cantata that functions as a sort of Cliff's Notes capstone to Malick's 45-year filmmaking career. ‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Ben-Hur suffers from many faith-based genre pitfalls -- on-the-nose dialogue, unsubtle 'cross' imagery and parallelism, saccharine endings.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) It's a slasher film about a bogeyman of a different, more disturbing sort.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
81% Boy Erased (2018) A well-acted and moving drama that nevertheless traffics in the 'no shades of gray' neo-fundamentalism of contemporary progressivism.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) In a world where the reality of death is increasingly avoided or hidden from view, [Buster Scruggs is] oddly sobering. Remembering death matters.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda is less interested in judging this family for their thievery ... than he is in examining their humanity and empathizing with their working-class plight.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The film is lighthearted and fun; more poetic than pulpy. It's a cops-and-robbers story ... in which the cop and robber have mutual affection.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% Widows (2018) As much about class, race, politics, and privilege as it is about heists, Widows presents a fallen world where thievery is just part of life.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
89% American Animals (2018) Life imitating art is a real dynamic for these boys, as it is for the film itself (which opts for actors and thrilling heist tropes rather than a straightforward documentary).‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
95% Roma (2018) [Roma] pays attention to the overlooked, the lowly, the humble -- the things a utilitarian, power-obsessed world disregards or merely uses.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is full of vibrant colors, opulent sets, lush costumes, blood oranges, tea cakes, and a world of sensory delights. But none of it is beautiful.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
92% Fyre (2019) What happened with Fyre is ultimately a subgenre of our larger crisis of epistemology. Fake news. Alternative facts. Post-truth.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) As we watch [Apollo 11], it's hard to not feel nostalgic for a time when audacious, seemingly impossible dreams came to fruition and united people around common cause‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by BeyoncĂ© (2019) Homecoming is carefully crafted to underscore the hallowed, historic status of #Beychella.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) As Franklin sings songs like 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' and 'Never Grow Old,' audience members appear enraptured and spiritually moved, believers and unbelievers alike.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
50% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien observes the general human need for kindred spirits, comrades-in-arms, cohorts to spur passion and purpose, friends to live and love and die alongside.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) In an American society where the ubiquity of mass shootings and racially motivated violence leave some tragically numb to their evil, films like this are urgent and important.‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a fun movie, but it is does a disservice to the Beatles songs by downplaying their context and suggesting they somehow transcend place and time. ‐ The Gospel Coalition
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019