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Brehm Film

Brehm Film brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture's primary stories and the Christian faith.

Brehm Film

Brehm Film brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture's primary stories and the Christian faith.

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

The Apes movies are at their best when they show us something akin to our human world but reflected through the series’ monkey-shaped mirror. In this installment, that simian similarity has to do with Caesar’s legacy.

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Latest Review
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

The Apes movies are at their best when they show us something akin to our human world but reflected through the series’ monkey-shaped mirror. In this installment, that simian similarity has to do with Caesar’s legacy.

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Past Lives

Past Lives is one of those rare, apparently simple movies that turns out to be emotionally and thematically complex, and more so the more time you spend with it.

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Elemental

Elemental isn’t perfect, but it’s a big swing with a big heart, and it connects way more than it misses.

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

The franchise’s reason for existence is to show audiences giant, photorealistic alien robots fighting each other. In this, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts succeeds.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

As long as we are getting movies as good as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, we can stay in superhero land for as long as filmmakers like.

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Showing Up

We may like to imagine the life of an artist as lived in the clouds, responsible only to the winds of their artistic process, caught in the ebb and flow of inspiration. Showing Up disabuses us of that idea almost instantly.

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How to Blow Up A Pipeline

The young people in How to Blow Up a Pipeline have their faces “set like flint” to the task ahead of them as well. They aren’t going to turn over tables in the synagogue… well, actually they kind of are.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Super Mario Bros Movie is a rollicking riff on one of video games’ longest running franchise (running, left to right across the screen, jumping occasionally).

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The Whale

The Whale perpetuates stigmas and encourages objectification. Specifically, having an actor who is not fat wear layers of makeup perpetuated our societal pettiness of seeing fat people as a spectacle.

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Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water insists that deep, emotional connection between things with breath and blood in them is more powerful and important than any technological ambition or achievement. That’s an admirable message.

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The Fabelmans

Watching The Fabelmans is like sitting at the feet of an accomplished raconteur. I wanted to live in this film. I never wanted it to end.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t being a Marvel movie, it’s a lot of fun.

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Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Physical beauty is but one aspect of beauty, the glint of a greater glory. People are beautiful because they are complex and ineffable, endlessly fascinating creations of the eternal God.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

This is not Disney’s film. It is a much darker, weirder tale, rough with knots and splinters, but glowing with boyish mischief.

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The Banshees of Inisherin

What a knotty tale this is! You never feel resolution, only sadness and longing and bewilderment.

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Black Adam

You didn’t come here for a lesson. You came here to watch the Rock make things go boom.

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Raymond & Ray

We keep telling this story because we long for our relationships with out parents to be right.

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Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 2 does that thing that Disney has been doing for the last decade or so and tries to offer its villains a measure of redemption.

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Blonde

Blonde is an aesthetically provocative deconstruction of our culture’s conceptions of Marilyn Monroe, of society’s willingness to sacrifice people on the alter of celebrity and consumerism.

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Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick isn’t a movie. It’s music. It’s the kind of story sung by ancient Greek poets who beseech the Muses for inspiration.

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Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers

The original cartoon, Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers, was itself a reboot/reimagining of a couple of classic Disney characters. Why not do it again?

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