'Lady Bird'
'Lady Bird'

By: Michael Parnell A high school senior longs to find her own way in the coming-of-age story "Lady Bird." The writer and director creates a true-to-life portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship. (Photo: A24 Films)

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'Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri'
'Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri'

By: Michael Parnell A mother demands results from police, who have not found her daughter's murderer in "Three Billboards," a bold and thoroughly enjoyable dark comedy with unrepentant characters. (Photo: Fox Searchlight)

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'Blade Runner 2049'
'Blade Runner 2049'

By: Michael Parnell Sometimes, you need to view a movie more than once to truly appreciate and understand it. The visually stunning "Blade Runner 2049" is such a film. And it's a great Christmas movie. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

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'Same Kind of Different as Me'
'Same Kind of Different as Me'

By: Michael Parnell 'Same Kind of Different as Me' is a 'Christian' film that doesn't want the baggage that comes with that label. A stronger faith message would have been preferred, but it's a fine film with solid performances. (Photo: Paramount)

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'Marshall'
'Marshall'

By: Ircel Harrison As the leaders of the civil rights movement pass from the scene, films like "Marshall" remind us of the courage of those who led and those who stood with them. (Photo: Open Road Films)

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'The Founder'
'The Founder'

By: Michael Parnell "The Founder" reveals an unflattering picture of the American success story. While we idolize folks who make big money, we never ask the hard question of how they made those millions. (Photo: The Weinstein Company)

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'Silence'
'Silence'

By: Michael Parnell Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' may be the most Christian film ever made, but few will see it. The story of two priests in 16th-century Japan, the challenging film isn't for the faint of heart. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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'Hidden Figures'
'Hidden Figures'

By: Michael Parnell For a window into our nation's larger history and the role that three extraordinary African-American women played in the space program, "Hidden Figures" is stellar. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

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'Fences'
'Fences'

By: Michael Parnell August Wilson's play, "Fences," is lovingly brought to the screen by actor and director Denzel Washington. This film features some of the best performances of the decade. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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'La La Land'
'La La Land'

By: Michael Parnell Writer and director Damien Chazelle reinvigorates the classic Hollywood musical with "La La Land," and his two stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, deliver Oscar-worthy performances. (Photo: Lionsgate)

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'Moana'
'Moana'

By: Ircel Harrison Disney's "Moana" is the story of a strong-willed Polynesian princess teamed up with a mythological demigod, whose story of redemption is one of the animated film's key themes. (Photo: Walt Disney Studios)

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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

By: Michael Parnell "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" tells the saga of what took place before that first Star Wars movie in 1977. It's a rousing film that takes its role seriously as part of a larger whole. (Photo: Disney / Lucasfilm)

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'Loving'
'Loving'

By: Michael Parnell "Loving" tells the story of an interracial couple marrying in 1950s Virginia. Their union violates state law, and they take their battle to the Supreme Court. One of the year's best films. (Photo: Focus Features)

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By: Joe LaGuardia
Although the plot seems recycled from "A New Hope," the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a rousing tale that reminds us of our own uncertainties. (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

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'Trumbo'
'Trumbo'

By: Ircel Harrison
'Trumbo,' a film about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, reminds us how easily we turn on those who are different from us. It's particularly interesting in light of our current political climate. (Photo: Bleeker Street Media)

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