I published, just a couple of days ago, the Christianity Today list of the "Ten Most Redeeming Films" of 2006, plus the "ones that got away.
Every year, they publish that first--the good movies with redeeming story lines, with little that would offend sensibilities.
Then, a week later, they publish their "Critics' Choice Awards", which is the list of the top movies of the year--with no redemption requirement. Their list usually tracks the more secular press lists, but there are always a few surprises thrown in. They catch a lot of flack for their choices from their readership--some of whom are appalled by some of the subject matter. I usually think they're pretty on the mark. If you want to read the capsule reviews of each film, and why they chose it, you can read the whole article here.
So, here's the Christianity Today Critics' Choice List:
10. Little Children
8. Little Miss Sunshine
7. Casino Royale
6. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
5. The Queen
4. United 93
3. The New World
1. Children of Men
And then the list of "The Ones That Got Away":
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Thank You for Smoking
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
And I didn't know until I was reading the reviews of the movies listed that Steven Greydanus of Decent Films Guide was one of their reviewers!
The Mamas very much agree with their rating on Little Miss Sunshine, which we both liked. We also give four thumbs up the The Queen, which we took a field trip to see last week. I'm still waiting for Micki to do a review, because she does movie reviews so much better than I.
Smock loved The Three Burials, and keeps trying to talk me into seeing it. Maybe I'll break down. And I loved Casino Royale, and tried to talk Smock into seeing it, but I don't know if she ever did.
The rest? More fodder for the Netflix queue. Do you think there's a limit of how many things can be in there?