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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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Latest Review
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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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Conversations With Filmmakers
MInari Crew

Minari | A Conversation with Lee Isaac Chung and Harry Yoon

Director Lee Isaac Chung and Editor Harry Yoon speak with filmmaker Eugene Suen about the making of the award winning film Minari

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Steve James

City So Real | A Conversation with Steve James

Fuller Professor of Theology and Culture, Kutter Callaway spoke with Director Steve James about his five-part docuseries, City So Real

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Latest Review
Avatar the Way of Water poster

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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Recent Reviews

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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

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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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is another variation on the multiverse concept echoing through our blockbusters of late.

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The Northman

We see what we have the eyes of faith to see. The Northman lets us see with viking eyes for a couple of hours. I see, and I shudder.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once asks a question that is easy for us to answer: What is the meaning of life?

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The Worst Person in the World

This is Oslo; This is Gotham

The Worst Person in the World and The Batman cry for new narratives, for new ways of reaching maturity that don’t depend on childrearing and violence.

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Kimi

Kimi is a taught, ninety-minute thriller. It is machine-like in its precision, and any humanity you feel is just you seeing your reflection as you stare into its chrome-plated surface.

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Flee

Everyone who lives in the relative peace and security of the West should watch Flee. It reveals the unimaginable hardships refugees face in seeking a place to live where their lives are not in danger.

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Wine and War

Wine and War offers a glimpse into a kind of counter-narrative to cycles of violence, one in which beauty is borne out of pain, and transcendence is born out of depravity.

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Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza is like a trip to a record store. It’s a great hangout movie, awash in music and shining with all the adolescent feelings pop music so perfectly captures.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter Parker is given the gift of layered experience due to a rift in the space-time continuum. It’s fun for fans who have watched all the Spider-Man movies made since 2001. It is enlightening for Peter.

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Of Gods and Men

At it’s core this film is about faithfulness. The monks’ is a faith proven by action. They are faithful in their liturgies. They are faithful in their work amongst the Algerian people. They are faithful in their care for each other…

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Rango

Rango is not the movie you are expecting. Is it a cartoon? Yes. Is it a Western? Yes. Is it populated by cute animals voiced by celebrities like Johnny Depp and Abigail Breslin? Yes. But it is so much more. Rango is an existential Western…

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The Adjustment Bureau

Enter The Adjustment Bureau. The slick sci-fi thriller is concerned very explicitly with the will of God on earth. Granted the Piper/Bell controversy is more concerned with the eternal fate of all humankind, and The Adjustment Bureau is about the more temporal fate, but the underlying question is the same…

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Your Life Adjusted

Interact with The Adjustment Bureau

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Unknown

Truth in today’s culture seems to be relative, at least partially, to one’s community. The meaning of anything, including a person, is drawn from whatever surrounds it.

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Is Violence Ever Just? – Reel Spirituality Screens Black Panther Documentary

The film contends that “Bunchy” provided the galvanizing force the more militant civil rights activitsts needed in the late 60s before he was mysteriously gunned down by opponents…

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Reel Spirituality Screens The Adjustment Bureau

Reel Spirituality Hosts A Night of Interreligious Dialogue Around A Screening of The Adjustment Bureau

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The Mystery Discerning Business, Part 2

Reassessing Our Attitude Towards Movies

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The Mystery Discerning Business, Part 2

Reassessing Our Attitude Towards Movies

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The Mystery Discerning Business, Part 1

Reassessing Our Attitude Towards the Movies

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Winter’s Bone

I was harrowed by Winter’s Bone. Hailing from a rural area myself, I recognized in the burned out trailers and dirt roads the land of my youth. I knew growing up whose property to stay off of upon threat of my life…

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About A Boy

Marcus soon figures out Will’s selfish philosophy and lifestyle, and decides to change it. Besides he and his mother can use some help. As he says to Will, “Two people aren’t enough; you need a back-up.”

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A Year of Living Dangerously

Our experiences in a movie theater can range from pure entertainment to art to a divine moment. The Year of Living Dangerously became a moment of “conversion” in my life.

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A Serious Man

This, however, does not mean one’s suffering will be eased in the meantime. What makes A Serious Man compelling is its ability to evoke a sense of helplessness that all of us have surely experienced at some point in life…

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A Prairie Home Companion

The film is about moments, songs, conversations, and characters, and the characters are priceless as they embody the joys, pains, insights and misunderstandings of life.

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Iris

Iris movingly brings to light the love and pain which commitment can bring, particularly when one of the life partners slowly loses her mind to Alzheimer’s disease.

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I Am Sam

Sam’s unconditional, unabashed, and inexhaustible love for Lucy is inspiring to any parent regardless of their I.Q…

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A Beautiful Mind

Goldman says that the script was written to capture the spirit of the journey that the Nashs made. It is the case that John and Alicia Nash (portrayed by Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly) “loved the screenplay.” But even if they hadn’t, Goldman’s attempt to bring the disease out of the corners of our world and into the light is worthy of commendation.

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2012

2012 is ridiculous in an awesome kind of way, but what else can you expect from a disaster movie literally about the end of the world? The selling point here is the spectacle, so if you’re thinking of watching this for the biting social commentary or the nuanced character development, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. If you go into this expecting the ridiculous, you’ll love it.

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The Illusionist

The Illusionist is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. It is also one of the most heartbreaking. It is story of a man who awakens a belief in magic in a young girl who had no reason to believe in anything other than hunger and cold. She sticks herself to him like a song sticks in your head, and he spends himself to preserve her newly awakened sense of wonder.

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