About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

The Nativity Story marks its 10th anniversary today

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Today marks the tenth anniversary of the theatrical release of The Nativity Story — the first attempt by a big-ish Hollywood studio to replicate the box-office success that Mel Gibson had found two years earlier with The Passion of the Christ.

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Watch: Sam Worthington gets a visit from the three persons of the Trinity in the first trailer for The Shack

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First it was coming out in August, then it was coming out in November. But now the film version of William P. Young’s The Shack is set to come out in March — on March 3, to be precise — and today we finally have our first trailer for the film.

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Watch: The making of the sea-galley sequence in Ben-Hur

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The chariot race isn’t the only big action sequence in Ben-Hur. The story also includes a naval battle that has played a big part in nearly all dramatic versions of the story. And now, to promote the newest film’s Digital HD release, we have a clip from one of the new featurettes that looks at how the sea-galley sequence was put together.

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Watch: The stars of Ben-Hur (now on Digital HD) talk about the dangers of chariot driving — including gassy horses

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Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur came out on iTunes, Google Play and other digital platforms today. I’m still waiting for the Blu-Ray, so I won’t be able to check out the bonus features until then, but for now, USA Today has a clip from one of the making-of featurettes that focuses on — what else? — the chariot race.

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Box office: Moana sails to the top of the charts

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Disney added another film to its growing list of box-office hits this week.

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Watch: The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Silence, about the persecution of Catholic converts in 17th-century Japan

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One of the last movies to enter this year’s awards race is a film that has been brewing for decades. Martin Scorsese first read Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel Silence, which concerns the persecution of Catholic converts in 17th-century Japan, nearly 30 years ago, and he has wanted to make a movie version of it ever since. Now, at last, his adaptation is complete, and it looks like it could be a powerful film indeed.

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