X-Men: Apocalypse and the legend of Nimrod’s arrows

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Warning: There are some mild spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse here.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes eleven and twelve

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Synopsis. Honifer the chamberlain shows Joseph around the palace and introduces him to the servants who make papyrus, pottery, linen, food, and more. They come across two guards who have been arrested as suspects in the theft of some jewelry. Joseph tricks the guilty guard into confessing his crime, prompting some observers to marvel that Joseph is not only beautiful but smart, too. Meanwhile, Malek — who wants to rescue Joseph and send him back to Jacob — says goodbye to his caravan as it leaves Egypt for Babylon. In Canaan, Jacob and his five-year-old son Benjamin meet a wolf who informs them that Joseph was not killed by wolves, no matter what the other sons of Jacob say. Back in Egypt, Joseph offends the priests in Potiphar’s palace by saying that they should get no more food than the other palace residents do.

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Exclusive: Patrick and Paul Aiello on the making of Risen

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Risen — which stars Joseph Fiennes as a fictitious Roman officer who goes looking for the missing body of Jesus — is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Last week I had a chance to speak to Patrick Aiello, the producer who first started developing the film nearly a decade ago, and his brother Paul, who co-wrote the script.

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The Young Messiah — a round-up of my top posts

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The Young Messiah is out on Digital HD today, so here is a round-up of my top stories on that film, which tells the story of Jesus and his family when he is seven years old.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes nine and ten

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Synopsis. Ghetmir, a member of the caravan that bought Joseph from his brothers, finds Joseph crying by his mother’s grave. Ghetmir strikes him, and Jacob, sitting miles away, senses that something is wrong. Ghetmir is about to strike Joseph again when a pain shoots through his hand. That night, Ghetmir asks Ishtar to heal his arm, but he tosses his idol away when Joseph heals his arm instead. Later, another sick member of the caravan is healed after Joseph spends time with him. After the caravan arrives in Egypt, another member of the caravan tells Joseph he wants to become a believer in Joseph’s God, and Joseph replies that the man already is a believer.

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Review: Last Days in the Desert (dir. Rodrigo García, 2015)

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People go to movies for many reasons, but what I look for most is some sort of experience. I want to feel what it’s like to live in another world, and I want to get a sense of what it’s like to live inside someone else’s head.

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