Movies

January 18, 2013

The Truth About Movies and Les Miserables

September 24, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘The Boxtrolls’

The latest work of stop-motion creepiness from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman is an unpleasant slog embracing the worst clichés of contemporary family films.

September 5, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘Calvary’

A good priest walks a hard road in a difficult, deeply moving film.

August 28, 2014

Faith, Family and Football: A Reflection on ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

August 22, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

Jim Caviezel stars in a faith-friendly sports film that’s more interested in extolling character than in developing characters.

July 30, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The latest Marvel movie is a rare summer spectacle that’s fun instead of grim.

July 10, 2014

SDG Reviews 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

A surprisingly complex, thoughtful follow-up to the prosaic 2011 reboot, this dystopian fantasy has a lot more on its mind than apes battling humans.

June 13, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

Wider horizons, more plot, new characters … and of course new dragons.

June 6, 2014

In 60 Seconds: Maleficent! Belle! Ida! Blended!

June 6, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

The popular young-adult romantic tearjerker raises some existential questions along with its flawed but fairly honest depiction of life with cancer, young love and grief.

May 30, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘Maleficent’

Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairy tale is a warmed-over Frozen, with less interesting characters and a startlingly dark subtext.

May 23, 2014

Reel Faith is back! New 60s! X-Men! Godzilla! More!

May 22, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

A surprisingly human superhero story, despite a huge cast and epic plot, the latest installment in the Marvel mutant saga pits mutants against humans, giant robots and one another — but the real battle is a moral one.

May 1, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘The Amazing Spider‑Man 2’

A superior sequel establishes its hero as a charismatic superstar who connects with people — but it can’t entirely overcome the flaws of its disappointing predecessor.

March 21, 2014

SDG Reviews ‘Noah’

Rocking the boat: The first major big-studio Bible film in decades is a provocative take on the venerable story of the Flood.

March 21, 2014

Interview: ‘Noah’ Writer-Director Darren Aronofsky and Co-Writer Ari Handel

The makers of the first major big-studio Bible film in decades talk about the flood story and their film with the Register’s film critic.

February 28, 2014

Best Films of 2013: More Lists

February 19, 2014

Everybody chill out about the ‘Noah’ movie

February 11, 2014

How Christian is Disney's Frozen? (Not very.) Part 1

Attempts to read Disney’s monster hit as an allegory of the Gospel greatly overstate their case.

February 7, 2014

SDG Reviews 'The Lego Movie'

The makers of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs do wonders with brightly colored plastic construction blocks.

January 31, 2014

So, How Gay IS Disney’s Frozen?

Does Disney’s monster hit include the first same-sex couple in the studio’s history?

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!

June 13, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Man of Steel'

A Superman movie for our times — but is that a good thing?

May 30, 2013

Reel Faith is back! On Fox News! Mother Dolores! New 60s! More!

May 15, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

With rousing set pieces, a stronger story and a bit of moral heft, the new Enterprise crew plots an entertaining course to a familiar destination.

May 3, 2013

In 60 Seconds: ALL THREE Iron Man Movies! Pain & Gain! More!

May 1, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Iron Man 3'

Armored Avenger threequel is entertaining, but slapdash and unsatisfying

March 15, 2013

SDG Reviews 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

The big-budget prequel to The Wizard of Oz is a visual delight … but the magic stops there.

February 15, 2013

SDG Reviews ‘The Kid With a Bike’

Register film critic's No. 1 film of 2012 debuts on home video this week.

January 29, 2013

Best Films of 2012: More Lists

January 23, 2013

SDG’s Top Films of 2012

A masterpiece on the importance of fatherhood, by filmmakers honored by the Vatican, is among the year’s best films.

December 13, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Peter Jackson and company get the Hobbit trilogy off to a spectacular but bumpy start.

December 7, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Anna Karenina! Hitchcock! More!

December 4, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Life of Pi! Rise of the Guardians! More!

November 16, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Skyfall! Wreck-It Ralph! Flight! More!

November 16, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Lincoln'

Daniel Day-Lewis brilliantly brings the 16th president to life in Steven Spielberg's lavish historical drama.

October 12, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Argo': A Fake Movie Makes for a Real Thriller

How Hollywood the CIA Rescue 6 Americans From Iran

October 9, 2012

My Most Dubious Review…Evah?

October 5, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Frankenweenie! Looper! Hotel Transylvania! More!

September 10, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Finding Nemo 3-D'

Pixar’s dazzling father-son fish story returns to the big screen in eye-popping 3-D.

August 16, 2012

In 60 Seconds: ParaNorman! Odd Life of Timothy Green! Bourne! Total Recall!

August 16, 2012

SDG Reviews 'ParaNorman'

From the creators of Coraline comes another macabre stop-motion animated film — a morally problematic tale of ghosts, zombies and witches that isn’t without appeal, but definitely isn’t for the whole family.

August 14, 2012

Sarah Greydanus Reviews Whisper of the Heart

August 3, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Ruby Sparks! Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3!

July 27, 2012

Lots of 60s! The Watch! Dark Knight Rises! Savages! Spider-Man! More!

July 19, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Dark Knight Rises'

The Dark Knight Rises brings Christopher Nolan’s ambitious superhero trilogy to a spectacular conclusion ... but something is missing.

July 12, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

The sub-zero heroes are back … for fourths.

July 10, 2012

My favorite film blogging: Looking Closer & FilmChat

July 2, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

The web-slinger returns in a half-baked reboot that has some good ideas, but undermines the hero’s moral center.

June 29, 2012

In 60 Seconds: To Rome With Love! Beasts of the Southern Wild! More!

June 22, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Pixar's Brave! Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

June 22, 2012

Register Radio: Court Decision on Obamacare & Fortnight Films

Attorney Hannah Smith and Film Critic Steven Greydanus

June 19, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Brave'

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio’s first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.

June 15, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Moonrise Kingdom! Rock of Ages! More!

June 12, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’

The Central Park Zoo escapees’ third outing tops the box office … but parents may want to think twice before they ‘move it’ to theaters with the kids.

June 12, 2012

DON'T read reviews of Pixar's 'Brave'!

The trouble with spoilers … and the magic of discovery.

June 8, 2012

In 60 Seconds: Prometheus! Madagascar 3! Snow White!

June 8, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Prometheus'

Ridley Scott returns to Alien territory with a sprawling sci-fi horror epic that raises big questions about life, faith and God.

June 1, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

The year’s second Snow White film is an epic action yarn that’s long on grit and short on fairy-tale magic.

May 29, 2012

SDG Reviews 'For Greater Glory'

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Epic film celebrates a historic Catholic struggle for religious freedom that resonates with our own times.

May 29, 2012

The Fairest One of All

May 29, 2012

The Fairest One of All (Part 2)

May 16, 2012

60 Sec Reviews: Avengers! Dark Shadows! More!

May 11, 2012

Dark Shadows: The Vampire & the Mirror Ball

May 2, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Avengers'

Marvel's costumed heroes come together on the big screen in grand fashion in the much-anticipated ensemble action movie.

April 26, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’

New movie offers swashbuckling, stop-motion silliness from Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run.

April 20, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Chimpanzee'

Amazing documentary footage highlighting the winsome and wild sides of chimp society is undermined by pedestrian narration.

April 13, 2012

Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory'

The true story of the Cristero Army's epic battle against the Mexican government's persecution of Catholics is a timely tale.

April 6, 2012

The Passion of the Christ: Do You Need to Watch It?

March 30, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Mirror Mirror'

Tarsem Singh’s visually stunning Snow White movie is a revisionist fairy tale that blends sweetness with occasional rude humor.

March 22, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Hunger Games'

Thought-provoking sci-fi action film features an admirable heroine in a violent culture-of-death future.

March 21, 2012

SDG Reviews 'October Baby'

Well-crafted pro-life film looks at life after abortion — for a lucky child who survived.

March 8, 2012

SDG Reviews 'John Carter'

Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton brings Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic pulp hero to the screen, with mixed success.

February 26, 2012

Actress-Turned-Nun Will Attend Academy Awards

Mother Dolores Hart will attend the awards show to support God Is the Bigger Elvis, an Oscar-nominated documentary about her and her abbey.

February 24, 2012

Best Films of 2011: More Lists

February 24, 2012

Religious Liberty Was Also at Issue in 18th-Century France—Newly Dramatized by Catholic Director

War of the Vendee released on DVD, with score by up-and-coming Hollywood composer.

February 21, 2012

Parents: Your kids can do better at the movies!

February 13, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Secret World of Arrietty'

There’s a world of wonder under the floorboards in this gentle, wholesome family-film delight.

February 10, 2012

The Grey: Liam Neeson vs. Wolves and God

January 31, 2012

Which Disney Villain is the Most Evil?

January 27, 2012

Register Radio: Same-sex "Marriage" and Top Films of 2011

Thomas McDonald and Steven Greydanus

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