The movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" was not written to appease the religious right, as The Bee's movie review ("Now Playing," April 18, Page G-8) suggested. To give this documentary a half star suggests someone is thinking, "My mind is made up; don't give me new information that may suggest evolution doesn't have all the answers."
Ben Stein's documentary shared interviews with respected scientists who believe the theory of evolution has unresolved problems. Many state the concept of intelligent design is a viable theory. While discussing how life might have started with those on both sides of the equation, Stein does not attempt to tie scientists favoring intelligent design with Christianity.
Stein's concern, addressed with considerable evidence, is that some scientists have been fired or lost tenure in universities because they have mentioned intelligent design as a reasonable alternative to evolution.
Perhaps the reviewer prefers to judge films on an entertainment benchmark rather than enlightenment.