2021 was a better year for going to the movie theater than 2020 -- but not significantly better.
A Quiet Place Part II No prizes for whoever came up with the title, but a decent sequel.
Loss Prevention The other new feature we saw at the Jamboree.
God’s Not Dead 4: We the People A pastor is the protagonist of this Christian film, and I plan to write about it -- but it hasn't fit into the schedule yet.
The French Dispatch Not a lot of church or clergy, but the gang of roving, rioting altar boys, drunk on communion wine, would receive one steeple at best.
Nightmare Alley There isn’t any formal church or clergy in the film, but the protagonist bemoans his abusive, Scripture-spouting father. Perhaps that’s why he never goes to a church or rescue mission when he needs help, though we see him drag a dying man to the doorstep of a Salvation Army shelter.An interesting bit of trivia: the novel this film is based on was written by William Lindsay Gresham, who was married to Joy Davidman. Some years after Gresham divorced Davidman, she married C. S. Lewis.
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The Harder They Fall The opening shoot-out takes place in a church, and we learn that the pastor of the church has a dark past -- as did the preacher father of Nat Love, the film’s hero. Nat tries to avenge his father.
Willy’s Wonderland On the TV show Community, the character Abed asked the question, Nicolas Cage: Good or Bad? This film and the next answer the Cage question in two different ways.
The Marksman Liam Neeson often plays a man with a “special set of skills” who takes on great evils. In this film, he takes on a Mexican drug cartel. When the cartel kills a boy's mother, Neeson promises the dying woman he will take the boy to his aunt in Chicago. There was no time for burying the mother (gunfire, you know). But while on the road, Neeson and the boy stop at a church where the clergyman agrees to hold a memorial service for the boy’s mother. This church and its kind pastor would probably earn Four Steeples.