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TCC Films: The Dark Horse

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the dark horse

The Dark Horse (2014) tells the true story of Genesis (Gen) Potini, a New Zealand chess master with bipolar disorder. After being released from a mental hospital, Gen seeks to do something positive and helps lead a crew of indigenous street kids to the national chess tournament. More from Anna Keating after the jump:

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11.9
TCC Films: Room

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Room the film

“I haven’t seen a movie that made me think about faith in such a powerful, poignant way.”

I’m nervous to see the film Room, because I loved the novel by Emma Donoghue. Her book captured what it feels like to be someone’s mom. And frankly, I have a hard time watching films that depict sexual violence. But Paul Asay calls Room possibly the year’s best movie, and delves into its Christian symbolism over at Patheos. Read it here: This May Be The Year’s Best Movie — And It’s Weirdly Christian. Watch the trailer after the jump:

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9.11
TCC Films: Cool Hand Luke

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cool-hand-luke No one but Paul Newman would have been cool enough to play Luke in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. Luke is a flawed Christ figure who refuses to submit to the authority of the prison gaurds in his bleak rural Florida prison. Maybe he can’t win, but he’d rather be beaten and preserve his humanity. What the head prisoner Dragline says of Luke could have been said of Jesus, “Oh Luke, you wild, beautiful thing. You crazy handful of nothin’.” Luke endures every kind of punishment and is often betrayed by his fellow men and by God, whom he feels has abandoned him. And yet, he is a moral voice until the end. When one of the prisoner guards tells Luke he’s just doing his job, Luke replies, “Calling it your job don’t make it right.”  Watch the trailer after the jump:

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1.16
TCC Films: The Shawshank Redemption

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Shawshank Redemption The Christ-figure in the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins). Though innocent Andy spends 19 years in Shawshank prison. He fights for his dignity and the dignity of his fellow prisoners despite the de-humanizing environment, and becomes close friends with Ellis “Red” Redding (played by Morgan Freeman). This is a story of friendship, and goodness, and resurrection, despite the reality of evil. Watch the trailer and Fr. Bob Barron’s commentary after the jump:

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