Seeing and Believing 153: Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2

Scoundrels everywhere can rejoice as Wade and Kevin tackle Solo: A Star Wars Story, the new Han Solo prequel from Disney, and amoral scoundrels everywhere can rejoice (possibly) over their review of the sequel to 2016’s R-rated breakout smash about the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2.

Finding the Church in the Horror Masterpiece A Quiet Place

Instead of viewing each other as only possessing weaknesses to be overcome, in A Quiet Place the Abbott family reminds us that our weaknesses can make each other stronger, and the strength of community is only possible because of its vulnerability.

I Feel Pretty, The Greatest Showman, and the God Who Sees

The incomplete message of I Feel Pretty and The Greatest Showman is that I can change my world by merely changing my self-perception.

Your Favorite Marvel Superhero Has an Off-Screen Life

Comic books have the ability to be informative portholes for everything ranging from pop culture, science, and history, to governmental, economic, and social structures.

Avengers: Infinity War: When Death Isn’t Final

Movies with such a dismal ending don’t usually inspire audiences to keep coming back for more—let alone smash box office records—so what’s really going on with Infinity War?

There’s Something Rotten in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

As illustrated with ‘Isle of Dogs,’ when we ignore guidance from the past, we end up in a flawed world of our own creation, even if it appears immaculate on the surface.

Goodbye Christopher Robin Beckons Us Back to the Hundred Acre Wood

The stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends were a reminder of good in this world—a childlike innocence that could still exist.

A Tale of Two Tomb Raiders: Sex and Objectification in the Action Franchise

Like in this year’s Tomb Raider, we deserve portrayals of female heroes who stand on equal ground with the best male action heroes—not tethered to objectifications of our sexual prowess.

In the Shade of Wakanda: The Resurrection of Broken White Boys

If we are ever to see difference as a gift, then we need a resurrection of sorts, but we would do well to remember that resurrection requires a death.

Kill Bill, #MeToo, and the Violence of Justice

It’s a far cry from the “redeeming blood” spoken about in scriptures, but the crimson founts in ‘Kill Bill’ are redemptive in the way they represent purifying the world of misogyny, which is still one of our undeniable dominant cultural attitudes.

Annihilation Reveals the Dark Side of Vulnerability

Annihilation teaches us, among other things, that sometimes our confession is more cathartic than redemptive.

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and the Escape from Reality

In Ready Player One, humanity longs for the inner self to be unshackled from captivity to a meaningless and confining real world.

Finding Faith Like an Odd Child in A Wrinkle in Time

Although ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ makes no mention of God, it demonstrates how pure intellect devoid of faith is also devoid of love and of hope.

The Role of Black Women in the Church: A Wakandan View of Flourishing

The women in Black Panther are the best representation I’ve seen of God’s intention for His daughters.

Black Panther or King T’Challa: The Search for Identity in Marvel’s Groundbreaking New Film

Black Panther offers a powerful lesson for us today: our fully realized identities are not found in responsibilities that can be relinquished, but in the sacrifices made when most seemingly unnecessary.

A Stay at the Magic Castle

It seems obscene that such poverty exists in the shadow of the Happiest Place on Earth, perhaps even persisting under its watch.