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Edward McNulty
bellbrook, OH
Edward McNulty has served small and large Presbyterian churches from North Dakota to Pittsburgh and upstate New York. He lives with his wife Sandra on a lake a few miles south of Cincinnati where he writes film reviews for Visual Parables, Patheos, occasionally for ReadtheSpirit.com, and lection materials for LectionAid and Lectionary Homiletics. He has written several of the “Let’s Go to the Movies” series and three film books for Westminster John Knox Press, his most recent being Faith and Film: A Handbook for Leaders. He has served on the Ecumenical Jury at the Montreal Film Festival and travels the country leading workshops on film and Christian art.
Interests: Art, film, writing, creating videos, biography, the media, history, politics, nature and travel. Discussing faith and film over a cup of coffee.
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My Top Ten Films article is up at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/top-10-films-visual-parables-2017/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=This%20Weeks%20PCUSA%20News%20Jan%2024-30%202017&utm_content=This%20Weeks%20PCUSA%20News%20Jan%2024-30%202017+CID_8362a9d9bc95bbc21223437258fc1fb0&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Top%2010%20films%20for%20Visual%20Parables%20in%202017 Continue reading
Film Capsules June 2012 Posted by Ed McNulty Each month a set of capsule reviews is sent out by our Presbytery office to about 750 elders, pastors, and educators. For some of them I find a Scripture passage that relates in some way. Here is about half of this month's... Continue reading
By Edward McNulty Although both the book and the film version of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax are intended for children, the city of Thneed-Ville in them is a dystopia almost as grim as those found in adult tales, even though it is a colorful place. However, the colors are all... Continue reading
Ed McNulty Interviews the Subject of the Oscar Winning Documentary Recorded over the telephone on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Note that at various points some expanatory notes are enclosed in paraenteses. CC: Hi Ed, how are you? Ed: Fine, fine. Do you prefer to be called "Coach," or "Mr."? CC:... Continue reading
A Film review by Edward McNulty Rated PG-13. Running time: 2 hours 5 min. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Psalm 37:5-6 Largely financed by... Continue reading
This is such a good period for lovers of good films--just saw today ALBERT NOBBS and A DANGEROUS METHOD, and last week EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE and THE IRON LADY. Much to cheer about! Continue reading
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No doubt the recent release of the Oscar nominations is creating plenty of buzz in the workplace and at church gatherings. For people of faith there is a lot to cheer about this year. Six of the films nominated for “Best Picture” are on my annual “Top Ten” of films... Continue reading
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A review by Edward McNulty Rated R. Running time: 1 hour 39 min. Colin helps Marilyn through a mob of eager reporters. © 2011The Weinstein Company Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing… And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage... Continue reading
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A Review by Edward McNulty The Station Inspector has chased Hugo up the stairs and into the clock tower (c) 2012 Paramount Pictures I always look forward to December as the month in which Hollywood studios release some of their best films of the year. This is true once again,... Continue reading
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By Edward McNulty In Time (c) Regency Enterprise Tower Heist (c) Universal Studios The producers of two very different films-- In Time and Tower Heist--must be happy with their timing. Now that the Occupy Wall Street protest movement has spread to cities throughout the country, the movement appears to be... Continue reading
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by Edward McNulty Rated PG-13. Running time: 1 hour 55 min. Proverbs 4:11-13 (c) 2010 Arc Entertainment Emilio Estevez directs his father Martin Sheen in this film about a father finishing a pilgrimage begun by his son on The Camino de Santiago, in English known as "The Way of St.... Continue reading
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Rated PG Running time: 93 min. Deut. 32:7 This marvelous Hamlet-related film has been a big hit in its 3-D re-release, and now is available in a superb take home package that features both the Blu-Ray and the DVD version. It is a father-son story that the whole family can... Continue reading
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Are you one of those who believe that boxing is a terrible sport because it requires its participants to deliberately try to injure the opponent to win the match—and yet find yourself drawn to films about the sport any way? I know I am, having enjoyed The Champ, Rocky, and... Continue reading
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Here are two films, one well known, and one that should be, as it’s by the fine German director who gave us the spiritually themed Wings of Desire. Both not only entertain us, but also open up the possibly of some deep reflection and discussion concerning 9/11, events before the... Continue reading
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News of the death of actor Cliff Robertson on September 10th took me back to a Friday evening in March 1994 when I spent an hour and a half with the actor and a fellow film critic. The place was Dayton, Ohio, and the occasion was a gala showing of... Continue reading
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Our media have been filled with special events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the horrific events of 9/11. This week and next I want to hold up four films you might watch with family or friends. United 93 honors the courage of those aboard one of the four terrorist-hijacked planes... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Edward McNulty When I reviewed The Help recently I mentioned another film dealing with racism in Mississippi, Freedom Song. This week I want to look at it and several others, all of them, except one, set in that state, and exploring the theme of resistance... Continue reading
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Rated PG. Proverbs 12:10; Proverbs 14:31-32 (c) 2011 20th Century Fox At last, a summer action blockbuster for those looking for film fare that appeals to the mind as well as pumping up the viewers’ adrenalin. Director Rupert Wyatt’s origins tale (these are sometimes called prequels) joins a long line... Continue reading
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Rated PG-13. Psalm 146:7b-9. Proverbs 31:8 Aibileen hears the women disparaging their help--all that is but recent college graduate Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan whom we see in the white dress. (c) 2011 DreamWorks Pictures Considerable controversy has erupted around Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, a novel set in 1963-64 Jackson, Mississippi about... Continue reading
Sorry, Bill, that I'm not good at remembering such details, even though I've read the books. Thanks for the comments.
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Crazy Stupid Love Rated PG-13. Running time: 1 hour 58 min. Related Scriptures: Romans 13:8-10; Philippians 2:1-4 This photo captures well the estrangement of Cal and Emily as they wait to meet with their son's teacher. (c) 2011 Warner Brothers It’s great when a film exceeds expectations. Instead of another... Continue reading
Thanks for the correction, MaryAnn. Wasn't paying enough attention when I proofread the review. Thanks to you, I've corrected it on my visualparables site.
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A Gathering Voices post by Ed McNulty Rated PG-13. Running time: 2 hour 18 min. Job 38:4-7; Matthew 5:45b Terence Malick’s new film is a difficult but rewarding one for people of faith. He begins with a quotation from the Book of Job, and might well have included Matthew 5:45b... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Ed McNulty Rated PG-13. Running time: 2 hours 30 min. Related Scriptures: Isaiah 53:12ab; Matthew 16:24-26. The long awaited climax to the Harry Potter series has not disappointed its fans, some of whom report already that they have seen it two and three times. The... Continue reading
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