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Journeying with “Minari”: a reflection on the film

By Kathy KyoungAh Khang

Minari is the story of a Korean-American family’s journey of belonging and flourishing as they start a new life on a farm in Arkansas. An American film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, it stars Steven Yeun of Walking Dead fame, Han Ye-ri, and Youn Yuh-jung.

Widows: Character Study, Heist Film, Political Thriller

By Joe Tatum

Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn’s new film Widows is equal parts character study, heist film, and political thriller. Based on the 1983 series of the same name, Widows centers on four women who become widowed after their partners die during a heist gone wrong.

Darkest Hour: In The Mouth of a Tiger

By Nathan Kiehn

In London, England, there is an attraction called the Churchill War Rooms, a museum dedicated to showing viewers the tunnels where Winston Churchill worked during the course of World War II. Not only are these tunnels recreated to showcase what life was like living in such cramped quarters, but the war rooms are also a museum covering the life of Churchill himself.

Ferdinand and the Practice of Nonviolence

By Elrena Evans

I first learned about nonviolence from a bull.

My childhood copy of Ferdinand was beautiful—the red cover, the flowers, even the lettering. I remember very clearly the way the light and dark shading of the font played together in perfect harmony in the title on the cover.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.— A Reminder to Seek Justice

By Joe Tatum

What we do behind the scenes often shows our truest intentions, especially when advocating for the marginalized. The film Roman J. Israel, Esq. (directed by Dan Gilroy, in theaters now) opens with its namesake writing a legal briefing in which both the plaintiff, and the defendant, are himself.

A Glimpse Beyond: Review of Moonlight

By Darren Calhoun

Compassion calls us to enter into the pain of another. We most often do that through story, sometimes real and sometimes fictional. A film like Moonlight offers a rare opportunity to enter into the complexities of boys becoming men as they struggle to find acceptance, intimacy, and identity.

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

Reviewed by Shannon Beeby
Set in in the microcosm of a pool party for the teenage son of a Midwestern megachurch pastor, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party takes a macrocosmic look at the questions and concerns that confront many faith communities.