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Film Chat

Jesus movies and, um, rude bodily noises

Films -- not all of them comedies! -- in which Jesus and other first-century figures have belched or broken wind.

Looking Closer

Listening Closer: Bjork’s “Stonemilker”

Sharing your heart with someone who in turn takes sledgehammer to it understandably leaves an impression.

Schaeffer's Ghost

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?”

Profoundly Russian – in both the literal and literary sense

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Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)

Deservedly nominated for multiple Oscars, "Foxcatcher" achieves maximal creepiness with this tragic tale of a du Pont scion’s relationship with two Olympic wrestlers.

Watching God

Who’s the Best Bond of Them All?

Roger Moore, who played an ever-so-suave James Bond in the 1970s and ’80s, told Fox News yesterday that he doesn’t think he was a particularly good Bond at all. The 87-year-old said that Sean Connery and Daniel Craig were/are the best Bonds in history. He ranks himself “a little big behind George Lazenby, I suppose.” [Read More...]

Sister Rose at the Movies

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” – a shorter take

  Director Ridley Scott’s imagining of the first half of the Book of Exodus is dramatic and majestic. We meet Moses (Christian Bale) and his “cousin,” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who have been brought up together. When Pharaoh (an almost unrecognizable John Turturro) gives them almost matching swords and then switches them, he tells both men [Read More...]

The Rogue

Tom Brady’s Deflated Balls

By now, you’ve probably heard that the New England Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl. If you feel as I do about that, pause now to stifle your vomit or go ahead and let it spew. Ok sure, they’ve won a lot of Super Bowls lately and that’s cause for respect and commendation, [Read More...]

Doc Hollywood

SELMA: The Fierce Urgency of Now

What does courage look like? Does it come with confidence, the swagger of certainty?   Or does it spring from something more fragile, vulnerable, and costly? Selma offers a feature length portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that rises above clichés that drag so many bio-pics down. Far from a stodgy hagiography, Selma is enormously [Read More...]

Pop Theology

Ryan Parker Reviews ‘Selma’

Ryan Parker had the chance to talk with cast members from Selma, including David Oyelowo, Wendell Pierce, and Common, as well as director Ava Duvernay. Here’s David Oyelowo on his sense of calling to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma: “My wife and I had moved to L.A. from the U.K. in May of 2007. [Read More...]

Christopher Closeup

“In People with Intellectual Disabilities, I Found a School of the Heart”

Throughout history, people with intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome have often been shunned by society and even violently abused. But Special Olympics’ Chairman Tim Shriver has found that the young people he’s worked with have been his greatest teachers because of their kindness, wisdom, determination, and inherent dignity. His interest in intellectual disabilities stems partly [Read More...]

Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present "Unbroken"