'All Saints'
'All Saints'

By: Michael Parnell "All Saints" excels where other films in the Christian and faith-based genre have not. It's a realistic depiction of what it's like trying to do church today - messy, confusing and many times frustrating. (Photo: Affirm Films)

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'Detroit'
'Detroit'

By: Michael Parnell "Detroit" could not be a timelier movie. A gritty portrait of the 12th Street Riot of 1967, the film forces us to have a conversation about race - one that most of us don't want to have. (Photo: Annapurna Pictures)

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'War for the Planet of the Apes'
'War for the Planet of the Apes'

By: Michael Parnell
"War for the Planet of the Apes" closes out the modern-day trilogy with a climactic end, bringing the curtain down on the pre-history of the popular series of movies that began in the late 1960s. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

By: Michael Parnell Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man gets another cinematic reboot, and this time the producers have found the right formula for everyone's favorite wall-crawler. (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

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'Baby Driver'
'Baby Driver'

By: Michael Parnell Today's blockbusters are CGI-laden spectaculars, but "Baby Driver" is a throwback to the time when movies had a guy with a fast car, his girl and a cool soundtrack. It's a perfect summer movie. (Photo: Sony Pictures)

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'Cars 3'
'Cars 3'

By: Ircel Harrison "Cars 3," the third Pixar movie about racing cars, is much more like the original film than the sequel that jumped the track. It has the heart, fun and action of the original animated adventure. (Photo: Disney / Pixar)

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'Beatriz at Dinner'
'Beatriz at Dinner'

By: Michael Parnell Although muddled in its execution, "Beatriz at Dinner" starring Salma Hayek offers a wonderful chance to talk about how we respond to the strangers in our lives. (Photo: Roadside Attractions)

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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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