Wit and pathos in a serious film

Wit and pathos in a serious film

Review by the Rev Steve Parish Gifted (cert. 12A) is a fine drama about a child genius being brought up by her uncle in a Massachusetts fishing town, ending in a tug-of-talent with the girl’s grandmother. Mary Alder (McKenna Grace) is seven, and her uncle Frank (Chris Evans), who services boats for a living, is […]

A faith based film with bite

A faith based film with bite

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   The Shack (cert. 12A) is a “faith-based” film, which usually means some morally-improving tale with a Christian family at the heart of it. Word of mouth among churches, especially in the USA, does the publicity. The trouble is that a lot of them are pretty naff, even with […]

Neal Morse: the musissionary

Neal Morse: the musissionary

By Derek Walker   The show was packed with life-long rock fans, and many had seen the best bands around. Some had been queuing for hours to get a good place in the sold-out venue. Word was that some had been to each of the four UK gigs on this tour. As the show began, […]

Small Screen Selection: Broadchurch (DVD box)

Small Screen Selection: Broadchurch (DVD box)

(Acorn) You don’t need to watch Broadchurch for long to understand how it grabbed Britain’s attention and kept it. David Tennant, who plays D.I. Alec Hardy, and Olivia Colman, who plays his local assistant D.S. Ellie Miller, are already British TV royalty. The detectives bear unimagined stress as they try to apprehend killers in two […]

A new movie genre is hatched

A new movie genre is hatched

Film review by the Rev Steve Parish   Colossal (cert. 15) is a film from writer-director Nacho Vigalondo. His previous work has been mostly in short films in his native Spain. It’s hard to imagine the pitch for this. “New York 30-something with drink problems goes back to home town where she realises she has […]

Music Choice: Rivers and Robots – Still, Vol.1

Music Choice: Rivers and Robots – Still, Vol.1

How do you value wordless versions of worship songs? Some people feel that they are more spiritual than your average instrumental, while others might say that if you’re going to play a worship song straight, you might as well put the words in. I side with the latter approach. When our church has a prayer […]

A supremely silly Manx adventure

A supremely silly Manx adventure

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Think of a Manx-set version of a 1980s TV detective series, a cross between Bergerac and Starsky and Hutch. Now add the gimmick that fictional detective Mindhorn(dir. Sean Foley, cert. 15) had been a secret agent given a robotic eye that can see when someone’s lying. If that’s not […]

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