The first reviews of the “virtual reality” Jesus movie are here

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The first reviews of Jesus VR: The Story of Christ — the “virtual reality” movie being previewed in Venice this week — are here. And they’re not very positive.

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Watch: A new faith-oriented featurette for Queen of Katwe

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Queen of Katwe tells the true story of a poor girl from Uganda who becomes a chess-playing champion with the help of a Christian missionary. For the most part, the marketing around the film has shied away from the “faith-based” aspects of the story, and it remains to be seen whether the film itself will get into them in any detail — but as of today we have a new featurette that features the real-life missionary and his protégé, and yes, it includes a brief nod to the missionary’s faith.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: Interviews with the Irish press!

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A few more Ben-Hur-themed news items as the film continues to roll out overseas.

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Does Queen of Katwe downplay the story’s “faith” aspects?

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Deadline posted an article yesterday on the difficulties of marketing films to religious and mainstream audiences simultaneously. The hook for the story was the upcoming release of Queen of Katwe later this month. The film tells the true story of a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess prodigy with the help of a Christian missionary.

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Mel Gibson talks about Passion sequel The Resurrection

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Nearly three months ago, Braveheart writer Randall Wallace revealed that he and Mel Gibson were working on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Now Gibson himself has addressed those rumours at an evangelistic crusade in California.

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Box office: Don’t Breathe succeeds where epics have failed

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An inexpensive horror flick succeeded where pricier movies have failed this week.

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