Box office: Moana sails to the top of the charts


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


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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New pictures: Aviv Alush as Jesus in The Shack, Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus with Rooney Mara in Mary Magdalene


Jesus will be on the big screen in at least two movies next year, and if you want to get a sense of what he will look like, we now have new pictures from both films.

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Box office: Fantastic Beasts underperforms Harry Potter in North America but outperforms it elsewhere


J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world came roaring back to the big screen this week.

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Box office: Arrival beats expectations in its big-screen debut


A smart sci-fi film was the top new movie at the box office this week.

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Paul Verhoeven still wants to make that movie about Jesus


Paul Verhoeven — the man behind such sci-fi hits as RoboCop and Starship Troopers, plus such sexually charged films as Basic Instinct and Showgirls — has been talking about making a movie about Jesus for almost thirty years now, ever since he first attended a meeting of the Jesus Seminar in 1988. The subject came up again this week when Verhoeven — whose subversive critical hit Elle gets a limited release in U.S. theatres today — spoke to to promote his newest film.

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