Watch: Kevin Sorbo plays the titular carpenter in the first trailer for Joseph & Mary, coming to DVD next month

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Seems like I can’t get away from movies about the holy family right now.

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Raiders! — the review’s up!

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My review of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is now up at The Georgia Straight. I saw the fan film itself when Chris Strompolos brought it to Vancouver for a Q&A eight years ago; you can read what I had to say about that here.

Exclusive: Martin Sheen plays a priest in The Vessel, a film produced by Terrence Malick and coming in September

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It has been over four decades since Martin Sheen starred in Terrence Malick’s first film, the 1973 classic Badlands. Now the two have reunited, sort of, for The Vessel — a film written and directed by Julio Quintana that counts Malick among its executive producers — and you can watch the first clip from the film below the jump.

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Review: The Holy Family (dir. Raffaele Mertes, 2006)

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The Young Messiah, which came out on DVD yesterday, isn’t the first movie to spend more than a scene or two on Jesus when he was a boy. It isn’t even the second. A few months ago I reviewed A Child Called Jesus, a 1987 film that has some striking parallels to The Young Messiah. Now I’d like to take a brief look at The Holy Family, a two-part TV-movie that has fewer parallels but is still interesting in its own way.

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Ben-Hur Superstar: two films that end on the same note

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I watched the 1959 version of Ben-Hur with my kids today — it was the first time they had ever seen the film — and I noticed something that had never occurred to me before: the final shot in the film shows a shepherd guiding his flock beneath the empty cross at Golgotha, just like the final shot in Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Watch: Mary lights the Sabbath candles in a deleted scene from The Young Messiah

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The Young Messiah came out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and I was planning to write a review of the bonus features — but the review copy that arrived at my place today was the Canadian edition of the disc, and it has no bonus features whatsoever. So it looks like I’ll just have to order the American disc and wait until that arrives.

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