Music (and App) Choice: Andy Hunter – Presence

From his excellent début CD Exodus onwards, Hunter’s technical prowess and musical sensitivity have set him apart from the pack. I know of no one in Britain – or even America – who can touch him  when it comes to creating excellent Christian dance music. His sound is so accessible and addictive that it appeals […]

A modern take on the new Europe

A modern take on the new Europe

By Rev Steve Parish   Toni Erdmann (cert. 15) is a long (160 minutes) but rewarding comedy from German writer-director Maren Ade. Her idea is to imagine a career woman getting her life disrupted by a visit from her practical joking father. Ines Conradi (Sandra Hüller) works as a consultant in Romania. Her task is […]

Small Screen Selection: Things to Come

(Curzon Artificial Eye) Parisian philosophy teacher Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is at a fairly stable time in her life. She loves her job and her late teenage children, and has the satisfaction of knowing that her teaching work inspires her students. But not everything is plain sailing. Her eccentric, manipulative mother is ageing and demanding; and […]

A truly inspiring true life story

A truly inspiring true life story

By Rev Steve Parish Lion (dir. Garth Davis, cert. PG, some Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles) tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy rescued from the streets of Calcutta (as we knew it then) in 1986 and adopted by an Australian couple, and his search for his real mother. It’s triple-hanky […]

A different view of ‘Manchester’

A different view of ‘Manchester’

By Rev Steve Parish   Manchester By the Sea (cert. 15) is a “a film by Kenneth Lonergan”. Such an “auteur” label for the writer-director may smack of hubris, but it’s a cracking film. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck, winning the Golden Globe best actor award) is a janitor in Boston, seemingly impervious to the charms […]

Testimony to the ‘hidden Christians’

Testimony to the ‘hidden Christians’

By the Rev Steve Parish   Silence (cert. 15), after its private showing in the Vatican, may be some redemption for director Martin Scorsese for the controversy over The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). The trailer promises an adventure, something in the style of The Mission (1986) about Jesuits in the New World opposing slavery, […]

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