Release Date: July 22nd, 2022 Director: Jordan Peele | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 9/10 *Spoilers ahead in the review* “The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.” -Walter Brueggemann, “The Prophetic Imagination” When weContinue reading “Nope”

Top Gun: Maverick

Release Date: May 27th, 2022 Director: Joseph Kosinski | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 In an early scene in Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski’s follow up to the 1986 memorable, albeit problematic, classic (see: overt misogyny and American exceptionalism), Admiral Cain (Ed Harris) waxes prophetically to Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) aContinue reading “Top Gun: Maverick”

The Worst Person In The World

Release Date: February 4th, 2022 Director: Joachim Trier | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 “Who are we, really?” This is the question that rhetorically rings from the modern skylines and picturesque horizons of Oslo in Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World. The epitome of James Joyce’s now famous maxim, “In theContinue reading “The Worst Person In The World”

LeavittLens’ Top 10 Films of 2021

While 2021 hardly provided the reprieve many of us hoped for following a tumultuous 2020, the return of movie theatres and theatrical releases proved a welcome gift for many, including myself. While the future of theatres is still very much unclear at this point, there remains some ecstasy in sitting down with a bag ofContinue reading “LeavittLens’ Top 10 Films of 2021”

A Wednesday Word | 8/4/2021

“The church’s warfare involves purposefully growing into communities that become more faithful corporate performances of Jesus on earth…this is good news for the world.” -Tim Gombis, The Drama of Ephesians Text: Ephesians 6:12-18 Devotional: When reading Paul’s words in Ephesians, particularly his mentioning of the “cosmic powers” in 6:12, I am often reminded of theContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 8/4/2021”

A Wednesday Word | 7/21/2021

“We are becoming who we will be—forever.” -Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy Devotional: On January 28th, 2017, something terrifying happened to me. It was something so deeply affecting, so truly shocking, that its consequences will stick with me until the day I die. On that day, I was married. Don’t get me wrong: it wasContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 7/21/2021”

A Wednesday Word | 7/14/2021

“Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ…Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity  Devotional: If you’ve been a ChristianContinue reading “A Wednesday Word | 7/14/2021”