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In this super-sized episode, the guys offer their picks for the best films of 2018! The past year has been a crazy one, not least because of the multitude of excellent films to be released. Does Paddington 2 get its due? Do Wade and Kevin continue the wave for First Reformed? Perhaps most importantly of all, where does Gotti fit into all of this? Join us as we watch 2018 take a victory lap!

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In advance of next week's Thanksgiving feast, Seeing & Believing offers up an episode stuffed to overflowing with good stuff. First, Kevin sits down with director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) for a conversation about McQueen's newest film, the heist picture Widows. On top of that, the guys offer reviews of two films that have been making a splash lately: Paul Dano's directorial debut (and potential Oscar contender), Wildlife, a drama set in 1960s Montana; and the World War II monster flick Overlord, about supernatural Nazi experiments uncovered on the eve of the Normandy invasion.

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The guys get into the Halloween spirit by reviewing the latest entry in one of the most iconic horror franchises of all time: David Gordon Green’s sequel/reboot of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween. Is this new movie a worthy successor to the Halloween crown? Wade and Kevin also take a look at the beguiling South Korean Oscar contender Burning, a dreamlike thriller that features The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun and is based on a Haruki Murakami story.

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With Wade out for the week, Kevin brings on two special guests to discuss this week's films. Steve Norton of Screenfish.net steps in to talk about Eli Roth's adaptation of the classic John Bellairs YA creepfest, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett(!). Next up is a review of the awards-season hopeful White Boy Rick, with Emmanuel Noisette of E-man's Movie Reviews on hand to examine whether the film's hopes are well-placed.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

Those rascally extraterrestrial hunters are at it again. Shane Black just released the latest entry in the Predator franchise, in which aliens hunt the most dangerous game, and the most dangerous game hunts the aliens right back. Wade and Kevin offer their thoughts on this September’s The Predator, then move on to consider the prestige-movie season that is now upon us. What films are most worth getting excited about, here toward the end of 2018? Listen to find out!

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On the eve of prestige-movie season beginning in earnest, Wade and Kevin dip into genre cinema to see what they find. First up is the John Cho-starring thriller Searching, about a father who engages in some heavy digital sleuthing when his daughter mysteriously goes missing. Then the guys take a look at Kin, a sci-fi adventure that pits a boy and his ex-con brother against a gang of vengeful hoodlums and a duo of otherworldly soldiers. Will the futuristic firearm that the boy found in an abandoned warehouse be just what's needed to stay one step ahead? Probably, but more interesting is the sibling dynamics as the two brothers are forced to confront the holes in their relationship and their own principles.

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Seeing & Believing kicks off September by sitting down with Corin Hardy, director of the new horror film The Nun. Kevin talks with the English filmmaker about telling stories about religious communities and the mysteries of the spiritual. Then Wade and Kevin return to a television series they've been quite enthusiastic about in the past, AMC's Better Call Saul. As the show enters the fourth season (and what appears to be a run up to a conclusion), the guys discuss whether the show holds up and how the show's moral vision is revealing itself in these latest episodes.

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As summer draws to a close, Seeing & Believing offers a little something for everyone. For the auteurist, we've got a review of the latest Spike Lee joint, BlacKkKlansman, which tells the true story of the first black detective in Colorado Springs and the 1979 sting operation he led against the Ku Klux Klan. If frothy escapism is more your thing, we take a look at the much-buzzed-about romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan's novel about an American economics professor who discovers her boyfriend is both the scion of a fabulously rich Singapore family and the most eligible bachelor in the country.

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The guys have gentrification on the mind this week, as they review two films about unwelcome new arrivals in the neighborhood. The unwelcome residents are white hipsters in Carlos Lopez Estrada's Blindspotting, a drama about race and perspective starring Daveed Diggs of Hamiltonfame. In the sci-fi/thriller indie The Endless, the new neighbor is an otherworldly force revered by a backwoods cult. Will two brothers and erstwhile cult members get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding this entity? Find out on this week's episode!

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The stakes are high this week, with super-spies and threatened nuclear annihilation on one hand and the perils and anguish of middle school on the other. Wade and Kevin review the latest Mission: Impossible film (alternate title: See Tom Run) and the latest indie darling from studio A24, Eighth Grade. Thrills and chills abound!

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Both movies this week involve a measure of mayhem, but the two directors' personal approaches to their stories couldn't be more different. First up is Antoine Fuqua's sequel The Equalizer 2, in which Denzel Washington reprises his role as an efficient assassin who just wants to make the world better through violence. Second is Hirokazu Kore-eda's The Third Murder, at last making its stateside appearance. Kore-eda's view of his film's titular murder tends more toward the meditative and ambiguous. Does this departure for the Japanese auteur pay off?

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Wade and Kevin get lost in the woods for their first film this week: Leave No Trace, Debra Granik's long-awaited follow-up to Winter's Bone. Is this story about a father raising his daughter off the grid in the Pacific Northwest a worthy successor? Then things take a turn for the weird as the guys jump into Boots Riley satire of capitalism and racism run amok, Sorry to Bother You.

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The guys review a very big movie about a very tiny pair of heroes this week with the Marvel offering for July, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Does the first MCU movie post-Infinity War do enough differently to keep it from feeling like business as usual? Also on the docket is another unusual story: a documentary about a set of triplets, separated at birth, who come to find one another later in life. Hijinks may or may not ensue.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

The release of Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed 2015 thriller about the U.S.-Mexico drug war, has the guys thinking about the gateway drugs that got them into movies in the first place. They pair their review of Stefano Sollima's sequel with a discussion about the films, people, and things that drew them into cinephilia. Some of the answers might not surprise you; some might. Tune in to find out!

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Remember 1993? It was a simpler time, when cloned dinosaurs were still a novelty and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park ruled the box office. In the present day, J.A. Bayona throws his hat into the dinos-eating-people ring with Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. Wade and Kevin decide to investigate whether it's a worthy successor to its ancestors. Then they decide to spend some time with some smooth criminals in the star-studded Ocean's 8, in which Sandra Bullock leads a squad of thieves in - what else? - a daring heist.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

Remember 1993? It was a simpler time, when cloned dinosaurs were still a novelty and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park ruled the box office. In the present day, J.A. Bayona throws his hat into the dinos-eating-people ring with Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. Wade and Kevin decide to investigate whether it's a worthy successor to its ancestors. Then they decide to spend some time with some smooth criminals in the star-studded Ocean's 8, in which Sandra Bullock leads a squad of thieves in - what else? - a daring heist.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

The guys tackle two family-friendly flicks on this week's episode, as they review Brad Bird's fourteen-years-in-the-making sequel to Pixar's superhero smash The Incredibles. Was the wait worth it to see the Parrs back in tights? A fond return to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is on the itinerary as well. Everybody likes Mr. Rogers, but will everybody like the new documentary about him? Slip into your sneakers and pastel cardigan as Wade and Kevin discuss Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Spiritual warfare can take many forms, as shown by the two films on this week's episode. First up is Wade and Kevin's most anticipated film of the summer, First Reformed, Paul Schrader's distinctive study of a Reformed minister fighting against despair as he tries to do the right thing. Then the guys detour into another genre with A24's latest foray into horror: Ari Aster's Hereditary, a harrowing look at a family beset by all sorts of darkness from within and without.

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What makes cults so boundlessly attractive to cult followers and so immediately unnerving for the rest of us? That's just one of the questions raised by Netflix's new documentary miniseries Wild Wild Country, which tries to get to the bottom of a 1980s dispute between a religious commune and the Oregon community next door. Also on deck this week is the Nick Offerman-starring Hearts Beat Loud, a feel-good indie movie about a dad trying to get the band back together with his college-bound daughter.

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The guys take it down a notch after the blockbusters of last week. First they review American Animals, director Bart Layton's follow-up to The Impostor. Does Layton's trademark gamesmanship around the boundary between reality and recreation pay off in his film based on a true story centered around a heist by college students? Wade and Kevin then turn to a zombie apocalypse, Australia-style, with their review of the Martin Freeman-starring Netflix film Cargo.

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Twitter was all aflutter when a young woman posted a description of what she hoped her adult life might be 15 years from now: “LADIES imagine this, it’s 15 years from now—your son is up to bat, your husband is the hot 3rd base coach, your little girl is cheering on her big brother at the fence,&you are team mom, taking pics with a fancy camera,&keeping the scorebook THAT WOULD BE LIVING MY BEST LIFE.” The raucous wasn’t because she dared to dream but for the content. Her dream was assessed to be achingly mundane and shallow, with its hot husband, sports-playing son, cheering daughter, and photographer/scorekeeping mom. The snapshot cast is of the seemingly perfect family in their picture-perfect roles, exuding perfect happiness and harmony. The idealism was met with great scoffing and ridicule.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson consider the components we embrace for living our best life and what those components say about our values, our dreams, and our vision of the good life. How do young people cultivate and nurture dreams about adult life without adults tearing it all down? How does online imagery influence and shape the hopes we have for living our best life? What does our scoffing at the dreams of others say about the cynicism of our age? Listen in to all this and more, and then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPCor in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. And be sure to answer our question of the day: What has most surprised you about adulthood?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

The show settles back into its regular rhythm just in time for the blockbusters of Memorial Day weekend. Scoundrels everywhere can rejoice as Wade and Kevin tackle the new Han Solo prequel from Disney, and amoral scoundrels everywhere can rejoice (possibly) over their review of the sequel to 2016's R-rated breakout smash about the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2.

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The guys are excited this week, and not just because their new Patreon is launching. It's James Stewart's 110th birthday this year, which gives Wade and Kevin the excuse to look back over his career and recount their top 5 Stewart moments. Listen, enjoy, and don't forget to share your own favorite performances from Stewart with us. And if you think of it, pop on over to the Seeing & Believing Patreon page and give it a look!

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The weather is warm and the skies are clear, so Wade and Kevin break out the sunscreen and beach umbrellas for their summer-movie preview. Which blockbusters are they excited to break out the popcorn for, and which smaller films are they excited to be challenged by? Then they round things off with another preview of Seeing & Believing's upcoming Patreon campaign, as well as a short review of last year's contender for a documentary Oscar, Faces Places (now streaming on Netflix).

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After the superhero spectacle of last week, Seeing & Believing shifts gears to review two smaller films: Lynne Ramsay's stylized hitman drama, You Were Never Really Here, and Chloe Zhao's exploration of rodeos and South Dakotan cowboys, The Rider. Plus, the guys make a big announcement about the future of Seeing & Believing. Don't miss it!

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10 years in the making have brought Wade and Kevin to have a spoiler free review of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. The duo have been less than kind to MCU movies in the past but will the $300 million budget, cross over extravaganza be the film that puts them firmly on the MCU bandwagon? 

After their spoiler free review, the second segment finds Wade and Kevin's ranking their Top 5 moments from the previous MCU films.

 

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This week Wade and Kevin explore two movies that at first seem dissimilar. First up is writer/director John Karasinski's horror debut "A Quiet Place" where a Rockwellian family is forced to survive in total silence, living in a world filled with lethal monsters that can hunt only by sound. Then the duo turn to John Curran's dismantling of the Kennedy privilege and ambition by giving voice to the story of Mary Jo Kopechne in "Chappaquiddick." It's a week of silence in this episode of Seeing and Believing. 

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Wes Anderson's latest hotly anticipated film hit theaters over the weekend, so Wade and Kevin get in touch with their inner dog lovers to review it. How does the stop-motion animated film stack up against the rest of Anderson's filmography? And what about the charges of orientalism and cultural appropriation that have been leveled against the film? The guys then turn their attention to subject matter (slightly) closer to home with their review of one of the three faith-based films to be released around Easter: Paul, Apostle of Christ.

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It's nerd heaven on this week's episode of the show! First up is Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's wildly popular nerd-service novel, Ready Player One. Spielberg himself is responsible for a lot of geek nostalgia for his own earlier films; can he deliver the goods when making a movie specifically about geek nostalgia? Then the guys turn their attention to another nerd-adjacent blockbuster: Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's hit movie about giant robots protecting Earth's coastal cities from giant monsters.

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Ava Duvernay and Disney's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time has people all over the place wondering how the beloved novel does on the big screen. Wade and Kevin intend to find out. Then they plumb events a little closer to Earth with their review of The Death of Stalin, the latest black-humored political satire from writer/director Armando Iannucci. What happens when a despot with a cult of personality and a coterie of sycophants dies suddenly, leaving a power vacuum behind?

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With Kevin out this week, Wade is joined by Christ and Pop Culture staff writer Keegan Bradford to discuss Game Night, the new comedy from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Will this roll of the dice starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams be the first great (or at least very good) comedy of 2018?

In their second segment, the duo discusses The Breadwinner, the Oscar-nominated animated film from Nora Twomey. It's a balance between light and heavy on Episode 144 of Seeing and Believing.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

Seeing & Believing goes on an expedition into the dark, weird, and dreamlike this week. First, Wade and Kevin journey into the heart of "the Shimmer" with their review of Alex Garland's latest sci-fi mind-trip, Annihilation. Then they turn to consider Abbas Kiarostami's final film, the documentary 24 Frames. It may not be sci-fi, but it's definitely a mind-trip, and the guys try to unpack the ideas binding together the twenty-four vignettes that make up the film.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Wade and Kevin journey to Wakanda this week as they review Ryan Coogler's trailblazing contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther. Much discussion follows about just how far outside the lines Coogler is able to color with his superhero film. The guys then turn their attention to the upcoming Oscar broadcast, discussing their hot-button categories and predictions about which films and filmmakers will be taking home trophies.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Wade and Kevin take care of the last two Best Picture nominees not to have gotten a review on the show so far. First, Joe Wright returns to the World War II era with his biopic of Winston Churchill: the Gary Oldman starring Darkest Hour. Then the guys turn their attention to the sun-kissed environs of Italy as they review Luca Guadagnino's summer romance/coming-of-age story, Call Me by Your Name.

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

It's dressmakers and figure skaters on the show this week, but the movies being reviewed are anything but prim and proper. First up is Paul Thomas Anderson's much-anticipated new film, Phantom Thread, which stars Daniel Day Lewis in his swan-song role as a fastidious tyrant who makes dresses. Then the guys turn to the brash biopic of Tonya Harding that netted Margot Robbie an Oscar nod: I, Tonya. Will either of these films cause the guys to backtrack on their top-10 lists from last week?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

The guys try to balance out their emotions in the cold, dark days of January by reviewing an uplifting musical (The Greatest Showman) and a TV show about how technology will destroy us all (Black Mirror). Does the make-'em-smile spirit of Michael Gracey's treatment of P.T. Barnum's life help the guys feel better about Charlie Brooker's bleak techno-prophecies? Listen to find out!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

The most wonderful time of the year comes in January for Seeing & Believing, as Wade and Kevin finally get to share their ten favorite films from the past year. As a strong year all around, 2017 offers much to like. Will Kevin finally learn to stop worrying and love a superhero movie? Will Spielberg find his way back onto Wade's top 10 after a couple-years' drought? Will the guys agree about anything? All those questions and more are answered on this special plus-sized episode!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 1:48am EDT

Wade and Kevin close out 2017 with reviews of two of this winter’s most anticipated films. First up is The Post, Steven Spielberg’s star-studded, timely retelling of the true-life confrontation between the Nixon administration and the Washington Post over news coverage of the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers. Then the guys dive into Guillermo Del Toro’s splashy new film, The Shape of Water, a fairy-tale-like story about the unlikely connection between a mute cleaning lady and a fish-man. Merry Christmas from S&B, and thanks to our listeners for tuning in during 2017!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

The most revered film franchise in history joins forces with the most ridiculed movie in history to rule the galaxyóor at least the podcastóthis week. Wade and Kevin review the long-awaited second installment in Disney's new Star Wars trilogy; they also take a look at James Franco's movie about the so-called "worst film ever made" and the oddball behind it. Whether you prefer samurai-wizards in space or long-haired weirdos with a tenuous grasp of human behavior, Seeing & Believing has you covered!

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

The Deep South circa World War II and Los Angeles circa 2017 meet in this week's episode. First up is Mudbound, Dee Rees's film for Netflix about the entangled lives of two Southern families. Then Wade and Kevin turn their attention to Dan Gilroy's follow-up to Nightcrawler, the Denzel Washington-starring Roman J. Israel, Esq. How does Gilroy and Washington's legal drama stack up against 2017's best?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

For their Thanksgiving episode, the guys review two films that represent the full range of American cinematic bounty. First up is DC's latest mammoth entry into their burgeoning cinematic universe, Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's Justice League. Then comes the real meal: Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird, a film that Wade and Kevin were both looking forward to this autumn. Do the two films live up to the hype surrounding them?

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Category:seeingbelieving -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Mysteries both paranormal and murder-y feature on this week's episode. First the guys tackle the second season of one of Netflix's most popular series, Stranger Things. They then go for a ride on the Orient Express in the company of one Hercule Poirot, the world's greatest detective.

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Wade and Kevin take George Clooney's version of a Coen screenplay, Suburbicon, out for a spin around the block. Did the Coens leave it in their drafts folder for a reason, or is this the film where Clooney makes a comeback as a director? The guys then turn their attention to Kogonada's Columbus, now available for home viewing. Is this Linklater-ish, Ozu-vian indie drama about architecture a worthy tribute to its eponymous town?

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Family dysfunction: the final frontier ... or was that space? In any case, the guys take a look at both this week with their reviews of Noah Baumbach's latest family dramedy The Meyerowitz Stories and CBS streaming's flagship series, the new Trek series Star Trek: Discovery. Which final frontier offers more surprises? Listen to find out!

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Wade and Kevin sit down to review the new sequel to Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner this week, exploring its themes of creators, creations, and the nature of the soul. Does it live up either to the hype or to its predecessor? They then turn their attention to an awards-season hopeful, Marshall, the true story of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's days as a lawyer fighting on behalf of the wrongfully accused for the NAACP. Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad star!

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Tom Cruise has come a long way from his <em>Top Gun</em> days, when he played a cocky pilot who doesn't play by the rules. In his latest film, however, he's playing ... a cocky pilot who doesn't play by the rules, but this time there are consequences! The guys review the new film from Doug Liman, <em>American Made</em>, and then offer a retro review of Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, <em>Blade Runner</em>, in anticipation of the upcoming sequel.

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Wade and Kevin play catch-up this episode, reviewing two foreign releases from earlier in the year. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's procedural The Unknown Girl, about a young doctor playing detective in order to make up for a serious mistake, is first up. Will this film join the ranks of The Kid with a Bike; Two Days, One Night; and L'Enfant as one of the Dardennes' finest? The guys then turn their attention to the latest family drama from Hirokazu Kore-eda, After the Storm.

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The guys tackle one of the most controversial films of 2017 in Darren Aronofsky's Mother!, an allegory about the darkness of the creative impulse ... or is it about God and the problem of evil? Interpretations abound as Wade and Kevin wrap their brains around this film. They then look ahead to the end of the year, counting down their five most-anticipated movies slated for release in the months ahead and sharing listeners' picks as well.

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Back from their two-week hiatus, Wade and Kevin are welcomed back by a sharp-toothed monster clown as they dive into the new adaptation of Stephen King's It. Does it sink under the weight of its mammoth source material, or does it ... float? Then the guys turn to (slightly) lighter fare with their review of the full first season of Marvel and Netflix's The Defenders, which brings together the four superheroes from their separate series for a big ol' punch-em-up.

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Sometimes single-minded focus on a goal makes you the endearing hero of a heist movie, and sometimes it makes you a weird technology addict with boundary issues. Wade and Kevin spend today's episode exploring both sides of the coin as they review Steven Soderbergh's return to the big screen, Logan Lucky (starring Channing Tatum as the man who would rob NASCAR blind), and Matt Spicer's debut Ingrid Goes West (starring Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza as an unhinged Instagram stalker).

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It's a special foodie-friendly episode of the podcast this week! Wade and Kevin open with a look at the third movie in Michael Winterbottom, Steven Coogan, and Rob Brydon's series about two actors (not-coincidentally named Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) eating fancy food in Europe and bantering all the while. This year is also the 30th birthday of Gabriel Axel's classic <em>Babette's Feast</em>, which is as good a reason as any for the guys to revisit it for one of their retro reviews. How does the Danish film about food, community, and creative joy hold up, three decades on? Seeing & Believing is on the case.

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Wade and Kevin tackle Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing retelling of the 1967 Detroit riots, which focuses on the infamous Algiers hotel incident. Does Bigelow's latest succeed at the same mixture of drama and true-to-life events that has characterized her recent career? The guys then turn their attention to the brand-new HBO anthology series Room 104, produced by Jay and Mark Duplass. What do the initial two episodes signify about the series as a whole? Plus: listener mail and a capsule review of The Dark Tower!

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Fantastical sci-fi and realist drama share this episode together. First, the guys tackle Luc Besson's flashy space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with the help of special guest Ryan Holt, returning to the show after his turn on our earlier James Bond episode. Then Wade and Kevin turn to the Lily Collins-starring, anorexia-themed, semi-autobiographical film for Netflix, To the Bone. A broad, diverse film selection this week, on Seeing & Believing.

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Summer blockbuster season may not seem like a natural fit for two war movies in the theater at the same time, but that's what is on the docket this week at Seeing & Believing. First up is Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's lean, harrowing treatment of the WWII-era evacuation at Dunkirk. The word "masterpiece" has been used to describe the film; does the film merit such praise? Then the guys turn their attention to War for the Planet of the Apes, a film that's farther removed from reality than Dunkirk is, yet is no less serious about its central conflict.

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Wade and Kevin tackle one of the most buzzed-about indie films of the year with David Lowery's A Ghost Story, a tale about one man's odyssey through time and memory after death. Then they make a foray into rom-com territory with The Big Sick, the film written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon about the true story of their relationship.

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Seeing & Believing pairs the latest big blockbuster movie with an arthouse release in this week's episode. First, the guys review the sixth Spidey movie in fifteen years with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Does the latest installment, starring relative newcomer Tom Holland and a devious Michael Keaton, bring anything new to the webslinging table, or is it just one more entry in an overexposed franchise? Then they turn their attention to the little-seen but much-lauded Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas's take on the ghost story that is finally receiving a VOD release. Does the film live up to the critical hype? All these questions and more on this week's episode!

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What better way to celebrate the week of the Fourth of July than with movies about the Civil War and about cannibalism? Sofia Coppola's latest film centers on a group of women in the Deep South who must contend with the intrusion of a wounded soldier in their midst, while Ana Lily Amirpour (of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night fame) offers a vision of a postapocalyptic wasteland in which rejects from the United States form their own savage societies out in the desert. Let the guys bring a patriotic tear to your eye in this episode of Seeing & Believing.

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What do shades-wearing bank robbers and mutant livestock have in common? They're both featured in this week's episode, as the guys review the new hyper-kinetic heist thriller Baby Driver and the pretty darn weird girl-and-her-superpig fable Okja. Both were among their most-anticipated films of the summer seasonódo they live up to expectations?

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2017 is shaping up so far to be a great year for cinema! Wade and Kevin look back on the first half of the year so far and talk about their favorite moments and more. The talk also puts them in a nostalgic mood for one of the best movie years in recent memory: 2007. The guys list their top 5 picks from that year and speculate about whether 2017 is the new 2007.

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This week, Wade and Kevin review the hotly anticipated Wonder Woman to see whether Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot can right the ship for the DC Cinematic Universe, but first they have the great pleasure to welcome Filmspotting's Josh Larsen back on the show! Josh sits down with the guys to talk about his new book coming out later this month, Movies Are Prayers, which contemplates cinema as a vehicle for crying out to God. Rate, review, and share this episode for a chance to a free copy of the book!

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It's a Netflix-centric episode this week, as Wade and Kevin review two exclusives from the streaming giant. First up is War Machine, the Brad Pitt-starring film about the conflict in Afghanistan that offers a jaundiced satire of war in general and generals in war. Then the guys turn to season 2 of Master of None, the comic-dramatic-romantic television show featuring the writing, directing, and acting talents of Aziz Ansari. Is it true that all's fair in love and war? Listen to find out!

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Get a double dose of America's favorite body-infesting xenomorph this week as the guys offer their review of the latest movie to feature a spacebound band of doomed souls, Alien: Covenant. But first, to get into the chest-bursting mood, they look back at the 1979 film that started it all. How has the series changed in its nearly forty years of dingy industrial space freighters, malevolent beasties, and uncannily calm androids? And how does the latest chapter stack up against previous installments?

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Kevin is joined by special guest Melissa Tamminga this week as Seeing & Believing kicks off blockbuster season with a review of the new Guardians of the Galaxy. How do the latest adventures of James Gunn’s motley crew stack up against the first film. With that done, Kevin and Melissa turn their eyes toward the upcoming months and each offer their five most anticipated films of the summer movie season.

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Pick your poison of near-future dystopias with this week's episode: grim authoritarian government regime or sinister-but-smiling tech hegemony? Wade and Kevin take a look at the first three episodes of Bruce Miller's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. Does it do justice to the anxieties and complexities of its source material? The other dystopia is much sunnier but no less worrisome in its implicationsóJames Ponsoldt's filmic adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel takes a hard look at technology and social media's impact on society, but is there more realism or more hysteria in its musings on these themes? Listen to find out!

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Wade and Kevin's heads are toward Eternity this week as they review Terence Davies' latest film, the Emily Dickinson biopic <em>A Quiet Passion</em>. But first, they take a look at a Japanese animated film that's been creating quite a buzz lately: <em>Your Name</em>. A lavish teenage romance and an austere literature-infused biopicóthere's something for everyone this week!

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Pure Flix makes its first appearance on the show, as Wade and Kevin dig into the faith-based production company’s latest offering, The Case for Christ. Based on the bestselling apologetics book, the film has to get creative with how it adapts its source material. The question is, is it good? The guys then spend some time with Netflix’s new documentary miniseries Five Came Back, which tells the remarkable story of how five classic-Hollywood directors put their filmmaking prowess to use on the battlefields of World War II.

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The two films on today's show couldn't be more different. The first, Song to Song, is from the revered director Terrence Malick and concerns itself with the spiritual seeking of Texan characters in a numinous world. The second, Oz Perkins's The Blackcoat's Daughter, concerns the Satanic goings-on at a snowed-in prep school in upstate New York. The mystery: which one did Wade and Kevin like better?

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Pull up a chair and be our guest on this week's show, as the guys review two recent spring blockbusters. The first film tells a tale as old as time, Bill Condon's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hews closely to the 1991 animated original, but does it retain the old magic? The second film tells a tale as old as 1979: Daniel Espinosa's Alien-inspired sci-fi/horror flick Life skittered into theaters this past weekend. Does it blaze a new trail away from its xenomorph-filled forebears, or does it stick to formula?

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Today marks the 100th episode of Seeing & Believing! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the guys share some of their personal favorite S&B moments, laugh over the bloopers of the past, and put together a special top 5 list of their favorite films from the Sight & Sound Best 100 Films list. Plus, they dig into their listener mailbag and share well-wishes from some special guests. Here's to the next 100!

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Special guest Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com joins Wade this week to discuss the first Marvel movie of 2017, Logan. As the swan song for Hugh Jackman's portrayal of the blade-knuckled hero Wolverine, does Logan serve as a fitting sendoff for the character? Another buzzed-about film, Jordan Peele's horror-comedy Get Out, gets the Seeing & Believing treatment as well, as Wade and Kevin examine its treatment of racial issues as well as its spine-tingling thrills.

 

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Now that the Sundance Channel's series Rectify has wrapped up its fourth and final season, Wade and Kevin finally have a chance to discuss it. Does the story of Daniel Holden and his struggle to adjust to post-Death Row life come to a satisfying conclusion, and does the show as a whole live up to its status as the best Christian show on television, as some have called it? The guys then turn their attention to the latest film from Asghar Farhadi (and nominee for Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars), The Salesman.

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Wade and Kevin are back in the Batcave for their latest episode, where they tackle the latest incarnation of Batman on the silver screen. Will Arnett's tiny, plastic Caped Crusader first appeared in The Lego Movie; how does he do when he has a movie all to himself? The guys then turn to discussing the upcoming Academy Awards: what was overlooked? What will win? And when will Amy Adams ever catch a break?

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Everyone has heard of the Pope, but what HBO's latest series presupposes is ... what if the Pope was young? Jude Law plays the eponymous pontiff in Paolo Sorrentino's <em>The Young Pope</em>, which examines everything from church politics to the nature of faith. Wade and Kevin also continue their series of catch-up reviews on this year's Oscar nominees with a look at the Natalie Portman-starring <em>Jackie</em>.

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The two films on today's show couldn't be more different. On the one hand we have <i>Hidden Figures</i>, the Oscar-nominated inspirational drama based on the true story of the African American women who were integral to the NASA space program of the 1960s. On the other side is M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, <i>Split</i>, a trip into the twisted psyche of a kidnapper with multiple split personalities.

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One of the guys' most anticipated films of 2016 is kicking off their first show of 2017! Martin Scorsese's Silence, based on the much-lauded novel by Shusaku Endo, is going into wide release this weekend. What does the film say about religious doubt and the Christian call to evangelism? And where does it fall among the films in Scorsese's storied career? Fellow critic David Roark joins Wade and Kevin for their review, and tog

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One of the most hotly anticipated movies of the winter awards season, La La Land, has finally hit theaters, and the guys sit down with it for their last episode of 2016. How does Damien Chazelle's throwback to classic-Hollywood musical romances hold up? The film puts Wade and Kevin in mind of other great musical moments from movies, and they close things out with a list of their top five favorite such moments. Merry Christmas from Seeing and Believing!

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That's no moon ... it's Rogue One, one of the biggest blockbuster releases of the year. Wade and Kevin sit down to talk about the latest film entry in the Star Wars universe; is it a worthy addition to the franchise? Also on the agenda: one of the bigger deals in 2016's arthouse scene, Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, is receiving its U.S. theatrical release after winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes earlier this year, and the guys stand ready to give it a closer look.

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Wade and Kevin snap out of their post-Thanksgiving food lethargy to discuss two major films this week. First up is the latest offering from the wonderful world of Disney, Moana. Will this story about a Polynesian princess and a mischievous demigod prove to be as big a juggernaut as Disney's Frozen? The guys then turn their attention to what may be a major player come Oscars time:Loving, Jeff Nichols's film based on the true story of the couple who helped overturn the prohibition against interracial marriage in the American South.

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The guys return to the magical world of J.K. Rowling as they review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, searching for the elusive creature known as the Good Franchise Sequel. Do they succeed at catching one? They also spend some time on the latest awards-season film to receive critical buzz, Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, which focuses on the coming of age of a young gay man in Miami's inner city.

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Wade and Kevin welcome guest critic Lauren Wilford onto the show this week as they tackle one of the most controversial films to come out this year: Nate Parker's <i>The Birth of a Nation</i>. The trio discuss the myriad complexities both of the film itself and of the checkered past of the filmmaker who created it. Then the guys delve into another work that explores issues of race in America (while also being a crowd-pleasing superhero story): the new Marvel/Netflix series <i>Luke Cage</i>.

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Wade and Kevin review a pair of films that use past events to comment on the present day. First up is Mick Jackson's <i>Denial</i>, about the court fight between a Hitler apologist (Timothy Spall), who denies the Holocause ever happened, and a professor (Rachel Weisz) who calls him out on it. Then the guys turn their attention to Keith Maitland's unusual animated documentary <i>Tower</i>, about the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Putting together a team of heroes to accomplish a missionóit's one of the most durable movie stories of all time, thanks to Akira Kurosawa's <i>Seven Samurai</i>. Kurosawa's classic has inspired countless other films, but one of the most memorable is also the film that directly adapted the samurai story as a Western: 1960's <i>The Magnificent Seven</i>. Wade and Kevin discuss the similarities and differences between the two films, then review Antoine Fuqua's new, Denzel Washington-starring <i>Magnificent Seven</i> remake.

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We had an opportunity to snag an interview with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone this week! Wade sits down with Stone to discuss his upcoming SNOWDEN and ask him about how his spiritual outlook affects his filmmaking. Then the guys offer their review of Clint Eastwood's SULLY, in which Tom Hanks lends his reassuring presence to the story of the airplane crisis that led to the "Miracle on the Hudson." 


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It's a sibling-themed episode this week as Wade and Kevin review a pair of movies that have brothers and sisters at their center. In HELL OR HIGH WATER, two brothers turn to robbing banks and fleeing the law as they seek to scrounge the cash to pay off a mortgage in debt-ridden West Texas. In the gentle drama OUR LITTLE SISTER, three adult sisters discover that they have a half-sister from another of their father's marriages, and they offer to take her under their wings when he dies.

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