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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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Napoleon

What Napoleon lacks in psychological subtlety, it makes up for in spectacle.

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Napoleon

What Napoleon lacks in psychological subtlety, it makes up for in spectacle.

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The Killer

The tagline for David Fincher’s latest film, The Killer, reads “Execution is everything.” It’s as much about the style of the film as it is about the story it tells.

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PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie is kids’ stuff, of course, and it’s satisfactory fare of its kind.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

I think Killers of the Flower Moon is an indictment, but it might be a testimony.

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The Creator

Gareth Edwards much be some kind of wizard because, while he has only made special-effects driven, science-fiction films, he makes movies you can feel like you feel it when a jet airplane breaks the sound barrier over your house.

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The Nun II

Movies like The Nun II haunt viewers long after the credits roll is because, at least from their perspective, they’re tapping into something real.

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A Haunting in Venice

A Haunting in Venice is a great ghost story. It’s not as scary as its trailer would have you believe, though it doesn’t have its moments of spine-tingling terror.

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Barbie

Pink.

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Oppenheimer

If the invention of the atomic bomb is the event that eventually razes humanity from existence, then Nolan’s film is a chronicle of the moment the lights went out.

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

The Dial of Destiny is diverting enough. It’s the best version of an Indiana Jones knock-off, but it’s still a knock-off.

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Asteroid City

“Asteroid City”

This is a film about a TV program (about a play?) about the production of a play about an extraterrestrial encounter in the desert somewhere west of the Rockies in the 1950s.

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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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Playing With Sharks

What if the entire population of a given place was made up of artists? Marfa, Texas is a place where you can find out.

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Land

Land is an unhurried look at grief, isolation, and how a full (and therefore healing) experience of lament often requires the bonds of community.

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My Name Is Pauli Murray

The documentary My Name Is Pauli Murray introduces us to the activist and spiritual leader the world forgot.

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Summer of Soul

Through footage that has never been seen before—and that sat in a basement for 50 years—this documentary gives visibility to the healing and radicalizing gift the festival brought to the neighborhoods of Harlem.

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

It’s honestly kind of surprising this documentary hasn’t been made before

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CODA

CODA is a film you can gather a family or small group around. It could provide a conversation starter and beginning guide to understanding disability and opening the doors of the church to everyone.

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Bad Hair

The real demon in Bad Hair the normative standard of white beauty. When you scream, whether you realize it or not, you’re screaming at the horrors of white supremacy.The real demon in Bad Hair is the normative standard of white beauty. When you scream, whether you realize it or not,… Read more »

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Palm Springs

If you’ve got to be trapped in the same day for all eternity, you at least want to be able to lounge in an infinity pool, right?

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50 First Dates

50 First Dates manages to say something novel about this “meaningless, meaningless life” we life we live, as time-loop movies make so abundantly clear.

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In the Room with Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson, director and screenwriter of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Doctor Strange, has a conversation about storytelling, the horror genre, and the creative process.

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Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is electric,If you can tap into it quickly, you can ride the current right up until it arcs off the screen and into your skull, at which point you can either let it continue through your body warming your every cell or you can switch off and just… Read more »

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Bombshell

Bombshell is a good look at the inner workings of abusive power in workplaces and the women who have been asked to present more than just their resumes in order to qualify for a job.

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Ford v Ferarri

Ford v Ferarri is a story of how a team of underdog idealists prevailed working within the stifling climate of an immense corporation. It’s a story about what it costs an idealist to work within an institution.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Marielle Heller has previously made movies about thoroughly unlikeable people and dared audiences to sympathize with them. Here, she dares us to believe kindness of this sort is possible.

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Parasite

Parasite, Bong’s latest, is no exception. It is the most fun I’ve had at the movies all year. Bong excels at taking his narratives in unexpected directions and shifting tone rapidly along the way.

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God in the Movies – Clips for Discussion

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The Irishman

A common trope of faith and film writing is that the cinema is a “sacred space.” In Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the theater becomes a confessional.

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The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers is back with The Lighthouse, another unsettling time warp into the dark recesses of American folklore.

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Strange Negotiations: Music As Transgression

In this way, the film manages to stay focused on the particularities of Bazan’s story, but it does so by setting this one man’s personal journey against the backdrop of a series of broader shifts.

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Joker

To watch Joker is to stare the sickness in the face. The film is a disturbing experience. We are not used to spending time with these kinds of characters anywhere, even at the movies.

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