Study Guides

Babette's Feast

Coming Attractions – Week 4: Filled With Good Things

Babette’s Feast is a movie about the grace that none of us deserve but which all of us receive anyway, grace given that the giver might be graceful, not necessarily so that we might feel graced…

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City Lights

Coming Attractions – Week 3: In Need of Joy

There will be joy, because all that is disheartening will be undone. We are offered joy now and told to rejoice now because that “undoing of death” has already begun and will be completed soon

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Children of Men

Coming Attractions – Week 2: Paths to Peace

All the world wants peace, but God’s paths to peace are often different than ours.

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Bambi and Magnolia

Coming Attractions – Week 1: Wake Up

Both Bambi and Magnolia invite us to wake up during this Advent season.

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Coming Attractions: Films for Advent – Series Overview

Shake off the season’s familiarity, and wake up to Advent with our newest study guide series.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: Confronting Death

Can anything overcome death’s terrible threat?

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: Dark Days

Harry and his friends struggle to make it through trying times in the first part of the past film in the Harry Potter series.

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Half Blood Prince poster

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Awakening Love

Love is in the air and in the chocolates in this sixth installment in the Harry Potter franchise.

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order of the phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Closed Doors

Dumbledore, like God so often, stays silent despite Harry’s protests for answers.

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Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Fate or Freedom

The Goblet of Fire belches forth complications concerning Harry’s fate.

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Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Expect a Protector

There’s a lot to be afraid of in the wizarding world. Harry Potter learns to handle his fear.

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chamber of secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Revealing Hidden Things

Harry Potter is keeping secrets, and his friends are getting hurt.

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the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Good Vs. Evil

Harry Potter’s world is full of good and evil. How can Harry tell them apart?

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The Dark Knight – Fear Itself

As it rushes on and Gotham is besieged by terror—terror initiated by both Gotham’s villains and heroes—The Dark Knight constructs an increasingly complex moral landscape. The characters we assume to be good are increasingly twisted toward evil by the film’s events…

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The Avengers – Participate in the Story

The Avengers are rallying around the audience. They are fighting on behalf of the people in the theater seats watching them on the silver screen. The Avengers assemble for us. And this, I think, is this series’ greatest strength…

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Spider-Man – A Divided Man

Peter Parker has responsibilities to his friends and family and the city. How can he balance them? How can we learn how to balance our lives from his struggles? Might Spider-Man have something to say to married and single folk alike?

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Wolverine – Holding Onto Life With Both Claws

All the problems are the result of one man’s fear of death. Rather than life the lifespan appointed to him and pass on his legacy to the next generation, Yashida clings foolishly to life and threatens to take anyone else’s life he needs to take to ensure he stays alive…

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Iron Man – Real Enemies and Real Peace

How might a more permanent peace be established? It would, necessarily, involve moving past fear. It would also, necessarily, involve the destruction of all weapons. It would also involve continuously rejecting violence…

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Man of Steel – A Hero We Will Accept

Man of Steel is aptly titled. The movie hits with the force of girder beam accidentally dropped from the top of a skyscraper during construction, shattering the sidewalk below and claiming the lives of a couple of hapless pedestrians in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time, he doesn’t soar. Superman smashes.

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Superman: The Movie – An Adoption Connection

This movie does a fine job of showing how an adoptee can be connected and loyal to both birth family and adoptive family members. Clark leaves the Kent home when he is 18 in order to learn more from his birth father. He also financially supports Mrs. Kent in her widowhood. Clark obviously respects all four of his parents…

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Thor – The Pride of Odin

Unlike other superhero movies which tend to focus on external adversaries for the sources of conflict, Thor centers on its hero’s need to learn selflessness and reconcile with his father and brother…

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