Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
For Greater Glory
Handsomely photographed but pious and simplistic story of the Cristeros, Mexican Catholics who fought back against a government crackdown in the 1920s. It’s never really clear why the bad-guy soldiers take such delight in hanging priests, torturing children, and burning crucifixes. And it’s all too clear why retired general Enrique Velarde (a wooden and sleepy Andy Garcia) decides to help out: he’s tired of making soap, plus, “I believe in religious liberty.” Well, o-kay then. There is a story here about the road to faith, but the scope is too broad for it to show properly, even as the perspective is too narrow. 2012.
— Matthew Lickona
- Big Screen Review • June 7, 2012