IN THE LINE OF FIRE is a taut and intense thriller which honors the skill and bravery of Secret Service agents working to unravel a complicated assassination plot against the President of the United States. Tough language in a number of scenes, and brief outbursts or cops-and-crooks violence, make this film off limits for many, but the overall emphasis on professionalism and self-sacrifice are laudable--and the finale is extraordinary.
IN THE FACE OF EVIL: REAGAN’S WAR IN WORD AND DEED is a powerful, morally uplifting documentary showing how President Ronald Reagan’s policies led directly to the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union. IN THE FACE OF EVIL is brilliant, thoroughly captivating, very moving, and uses many hard facts to support its case.
ELVIS & NIXON tells the story behind one of our nations most famous photographs: the visit between the entertainer Elvis Presley and U.S. President Richard Nixon on December 21, 1970. ELVIS & NIXON is a smartly written, very well acted comedy with some positive moral themes about friendship, however, the strong foul language warrants strong caution.
Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN focuses on President Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories. LINCOLN is a meticulous, captivating, somewhat nuanced, and brilliantly performed moral plea against slavery, racism, and prejudice, but it sometimes suggests that the ends justifies the means and contains too much strong foul language that seems anachronistic.
In AIR FORCE ONE, the President of the United States (Harrison Ford) must personally combat a group of Russian terrorists who hijack Air Force One. With a creative premise, riveting acting by Harrison Ford, good dialogue, and excellent cinematography, AIR FORCE ONE has superlative production values. The movie also upholds patriotism, but beware of the many killings.
JOHN ADAMS is the acclaimed HBO TV miniseries on one of America’s most important founding fathers, and the second president of the United States, who led a glorious, mostly positive life of great influence. The acting, writing and direction are superb, and this miniseries is rich in political, philosophic and spiritual dialogue that recognizes Christian faith in every critical moment.
The idea sounds atrocious, but a superb cast, helped along by a wonderful score with inspiring lyrics, pulls off this delightful, sometimes heartbreaking and often funny musical about the debates, the writing and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The movie is also a love letter to the joys and strengths of traditional marriage. The political issues portrayed in this patriotic movie are still very much with us today. Best of all, perhaps, the movie presents a poignant, positive view of the American military, including its citizen soldiers, led by the greatest citizen soldier of them all, General George Washington.
NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS stars Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates, the treasure-hunting historian, who must follow some historical clues in Paris, London and Washington, D.C. to clear an ancestor’s name and find a legendary treasure. NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS is a fun roller-coaster ride with some delightful surprises, but it doesn’t have quite the same freshness or excitement that the first NATIONAL TREASURE movie had.