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ENTERTAINMENT

Backstage Pass
by John Hanlon

The Stray: One Dog Changes Everything for Struggling Family

Attention dog lovers: A cute, family-friendly movie based on an incredible true story is coming to theaters Oct. 6! Check out the trailer:   The Stray tells the inspiring true story of a stray dog, “Pluto,” who appears from out of nowhere just in time to save a family that is falling apart. Pluto is [Read More...]

Chrisicisms
by Chris Williams

“The Women’s Balcony”: How a Jewish Movie Taught Me What Faith-Based Films Can Be

“The Women’s Balcony” is not traditional summer entertainment. A foreign film without a massive advertising budget, I wasn’t even aware it existed until a representative emailed me in advance of its debut at one of Detroit’s art theaters. A shame, as Emil Ben-Shimon’s film — the highest-grossing film in Israel — is a welcome antidote to summer’s [Read More...]

Cinemeditations
by Andrew Johnson

The Best TV of 2013

In a year of fantastic television, what was extra memorable?

Doc Hollywood
by Craig Detweiler

Silence: Scorsese’s Spiritual Masterpiece

Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence. One of these is not like the others. How could the same director who repeatedly reveled in the high cost of unchecked male rage also deliver the meditative and masterful Silence? Feudal Japan seems so far removed from the Mean Streets of [Read More...]

Faith Goes Pop
by Lilit Marcus

Paula Abdul Is Going to Have a Bat Mitzvah in Israel

Did you know that Paula Abdul is Jewish? Paula is the former judge of American Idol and star of one of the greatest crash-and-burn reality shows ever (that would be Hey Paula), and now she’s in Israel touring the country as an official guest of the country’s board of tourism. Paula is visiting religious sites, [Read More...]

FilmChat
by Peter T. Chattaway

Newsbites: A “teen Jesus” series is being developed by the creator of Orange Is the New Black, and more!

Jenji Kohan says her new series is “like The Wonder Years, but with Jesus.” Also: Jesus Christ Superstar will get the live-musical treatment, and The Year of Living Biblically has a new title.

The Rogue
by Jonathan Ryan

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Episode 5 of 5

It’s taken me to episode five of this blog series to finally figure out why I was so disappointed by the Star Wars prequels. Well, I have untied the knots! The hyperdrive has been repaired in the nick of time! I feel the Force flowing through me once again… So, I re-watched the prequels, from [Read More...]

Reel Faith
by DeWayne Hamby

When Steve McQueen Met Christ: Greg Laurie Details Actor’s Conversion

Popular evangelist details little known story about classic actor's conversion to Christianity

Schaeffer's Ghost
by Various

The Reformation for Dummies

A Reference for the Rest of Us...

Sister Rose at the Movies
by Sister Rose

Red Nose Day – Celebrities, Organizations – All Of Us Can Help End Child Poverty

Red Nose Day – Celebrities, Organizations – All Of Us Can Help End Child Poverty I am pleased to share this good news with you for Red Nose Day! A big thank you to Grace Hill Media and all the work they are doing to promote this good cause: to held end child poverty. Read [Read More...]

Watching God
by Paul Asay

Four Fantastic Flicks that Might Make Your Dad Cry (Even If He Won’t Admit It)

The day my son was born was the scariest day of my life. He was so small, so quiet. Born a couple weeks early, his lungs were so small he didn’t so much cry as mew. His face was already…