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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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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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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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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
wine and war poster

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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Recent Reviews

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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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Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is merciless. It’s a lot like the “geek show” we see near the beginning of the film in which a man bites the head off a live chicken.

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West Side Story

The primary point of view in West Side Story is that of a wrecking ball, like the inverse of below-the-water shots that begin Jaws. Death is coming, this time from above.

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House of Gucci

Most acting is so good we don’t notice it. We accept the characters as real and forget they are being performed by actors making choices. House of Gucci doesn’t let us do that.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

The film is a celebration of Vonnegut on multiple levels: as a novelist, writer, and public intellectual, but also as a friend, a father, humorist, aficionado of life, and finally a loved one.

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tick, tick… BOOM!

There is something inherently, necessarily myopic about the creative process where an artist has to focus on their unique work to such a degree that it’s easy to lose sight of the web of loving relationships that surround and support them.

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Dune: Part One

Dune: Part One is an inherently ecological tale. It’s about the preeminence of the natural world in the workings of our governments, economies, and religions.

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The Last Duel

The Last Duel isn’t a subtle film. Ridley Scott’s latest is a medieval #MeToo movie with a dash of Rashomon.

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The French Dispatch

In the beginning was the word in The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s long release-delayed ode to the literary magazine ideal.

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The Rescue

The Rescue allows us to catch a glimpse of what true heroism looks like.

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No Time To Die

No Time to Die is an admirable farewell for Daniel Craig’s take on Bond. The movie is maybe a little long, but it’s long in the way that a dinner with friends stretches into the evening when you don’t really want it to end.

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The Alpinist

Leclerc invokes the theological language of awe, the feeling of absolute dependence, as he seeks the visceral awareness of “being so small in a world that’s so big.”

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a very good Marvel movie, which is akin to saying that there is a great new item on the menu at Applebee’s.

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The Lost Leonardo

Through the twists and turns of the story, you’ll doubt that a work of such importance could possibly have remained hidden all these years, but by the second half of the movie, you’ll find yourself thinking more about the relationship of art to money and power, as the question of… Read more »

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CODA

CODA puts a hearing viewer in the shoes of someone who is deaf. The sound cuts out at multiple points throughout the film and you’re invited to sit with the silence that many experience during events, social gatherings, or in the workplace.

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Free Guy

Free Guy is Tron with an aw-shucks A.I.

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Val

Val Kilmer uses the time he has left to pour himself into making art of various kinds in his modest Los Angeles studio, a place that he calls his “sacred space,” while he attempts to grapple with the inevitability of death.

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The Green Knight

The Green Knight is the old tale told rather straight with a gothic sensibility, meaning there are no contemporary action theatrics to see here, just weird fantasy stuff.

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Roadrunner

Roadrunner resists the urge to neatly package Bourdain’s life and death. It is a bold move.

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Side Effects – Visual Parables

We’ve all heard those pharmaceutical commercials in which the warning about the medication’s side effects takes up more time than the rosy claim that this pill is the salvation from the ailment making your life miserable…

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Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl is like the medieval miracle and morality plays. These portrayals of biblical stories and ethical tales were staples of village life in pre-literate Europe and the Middle East. These plays spread the teachings of the Bible and Gospels far and wide…

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An Inconvenient Truth

Nothing has been more surprising – and encouraging – than the warm, continuing support movie goers have given An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s sobering presentation on global warming. Little more than a gussied-up version of the slide show Gore has presented worldwide to more than a thousand audiences since the late eighties, the film has nevertheless proven compelling…

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Becket

When I saw this film as a freshman in college, I did not much identify with Thomas becoming a martyr, but I did hear God calling me to the Christian ministry…

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Amistad

Like Schindler’s List, Amistad does not simply portray the dehumanization caused by racial bigotry, though it does do that movingly and convincingly. Instead, it also reveals human goodness even within evil systems, hope within horror…

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American Beauty

Extreme demands extreme art. American Beauty is extreme. Extremely funny, extremely touching, extremely disturbing. It is the best American film yet this year. American Beauty offers a bracing tonic, a chilling antidote to the madness concluding our millennium…

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