Movies

January 17, 2014

SDG’s Top Films of 2013

Themes of hope, survival and faith in a year of big-screen trauma.

December 20, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in an entertainingly Disneyfied take on the making of the beloved family film.

December 11, 2013

SDG Reviews 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The charm and manners of Tolkien’s fairy tale are jettisoned in favor of more preposterous action scenes and a tepid love triangle in this bloated middle movie.

November 26, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘Frozen’

Disney’s latest animated musical fairy tale breaks new ground, but squanders its early promise.

October 17, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘12 Years a Slave’

A brilliant, disturbing new film exposes the untold story of slavery’s ‘Reverse Underground Railroad.’

October 4, 2013

Saint Francis movies! Gravity in 60 seconds!

No connection between the two.

October 3, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Gravity'

Sandra Bullock shines in Alfonso Cuarón’s mesmerizing action thriller in space, a rare Hollywood spectacle with a touch of spiritual awareness.

September 27, 2013

60s are Back! Cloudy 2! Wizard of Oz! Rush! Prisoners!

August 19, 2013

Reel Faith season finale! In 60 seconds: The Butler! Elysium! More!

August 9, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Planes'

Pixar Ultra-Lite: DisneyToon’s “World of Cars” installment is simple, agreeable fare for the whole family.

August 2, 2013

In 60 Seconds: The Wolverine! 2 Guns! Smurfs 2! More!

August 2, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘The Wolverine’

In a dreary movie summer of oversized spectacles, Hugh Jackman’s latest outing as the popular Marvel mutant is a refreshingly human-scaled — though violent — action movie.

July 19, 2013

In 60 Seconds: Turbo! The Conjuring! Pacific Rim! Fruitvale Station!

July 18, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Turbo'

Visually inventive and basically harmless, DreamWorks’ latest leans a bit too heavily on Pixar’s playbook, but lacks what makes even minor Pixar efforts special.

July 12, 2013

In 60 Seconds: Despicable Me 2! Lone Ranger! More!

July 6, 2013

SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary

My sometimes obscure review tagging system — explained!

July 5, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Despicable Me 2'

An amiable sequel doesn’t quite match the endearing original, but successfully coasts on the characters’ charm and the reliable appeal of the breakout Minions.

July 2, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘The Lone Ranger’

Another iconic hero bites the dust in Hollywood’s latest deconstruction, awash with buffoonery, crude humor and brutal violence.

June 21, 2013

Which is groovier: Emperor’s New Groove or Lilo & Stitch?

June 14, 2013

Man of Steel: dueling opinions! The Purge! Much Ado! More!

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