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Movies: The Good, The Bad and The Really, Really Bad
by Phil Boatwright
WordCrafts, Tullahoma, TN 37388, 2009,  pp. 222, Pb., $14.99.  ISBN 978-1442142152

Phil Boatwright has been an actor, film production assistant, writer and film critic for over 20 years. Three of his outlets are, movie and the FamilyNet radio/television simulcast program “Mornings With Lorri and Larry.”  In “Movies: The Good, The Bad and The Really, Really Bad,” Boatwright give us an idea of what to look for when attending movies. Film critics go to private screenings, but movie fans have to pay for film admission and this book can serve as a guide. In today’s economy, it is wise to watch how you spend your money.

Boatwright is a Christian and writes his reviews with an eye to Christian family values. Early in the book, he notes seven trends that are currently in Hollywood films. They are smoking, drug use, comic crudity, sex, crime, profanity and cynicism. Films from the earlier days of the film industry, according to Boatwright, used creative comedy and positive storyline to highlight the film, without blatant use of the above. He references such films from this period as “Casablanca” and “The Quiet Man.“ Boatwright’s book contains chapters of his reviews for good films, family films, teen films, adult films, plus parts of media interviews including Steve Harvey.

This book is not an anthology of film reviews, but rather a composite view of one film critic's experience in being a Christian in the field of film entertainment. Boatwright suggests his reading audience research other Christian film critic's reviews, also..

In all, the movie-goer, especially the movie-goer with children, should use common sense and let their own sense of what is right and wrong guide them. Read film critics, both Christian and secular, to get a view as to the film. Does it contain profanity, sexual scenes, graphic violence? Be aware beforehand to make that judgment call. If you don't like the film walk out, and Boatwright has a chapter on where you can write to comment, from motion picture to cable to network television.

Reviewed by Marie Asner


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