Interview: Dr Bennet Omalu, who is played by Will Smith in Concussion, talks about faith, science, the future of football, and why he wanted to become an American


Dr Bennet Omalu may have been born and raised in Nigeria, but today he’s a proud American. It’s a point he makes repeatedly during a phone interview to promote Concussion, the Will Smith-starring film (opening Friday) that dramatizes the role Omalu played in exposing the damage that football does to its players’ brains.

[Read more…]

Watch: A Nativity-themed clip from The Young Messiah


The first clip from The Young Messiah is here — and, since Christmas is only two days away, the clip in question naturally depicts a scene from the story of Jesus’ birth.

[Read more…]

Columbia Pictures releases three new photos from Risen


Christmas is only four days away, but at least one studio is looking ahead to Easter.

[Read more…]

Bilal navigates tricky issues of religion and violence


A few weeks ago I mentioned that an animated film about one of the earliest Muslim converts, Bilal, was going to premiere at a film festival in Qatar. And now it has. Here are a few of the articles that have been written about that premiere.

[Read more…]

Why Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens reminds me of another Disney sequel (warning: spoilers galore)


By now you’ve probably heard (if you haven’t witnessed it for yourself) that the new Star Wars movie is basically a start-to-finish recycling of all the main story beats from the original 1977 film. You may have also heard some people compare the new film to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which marked the last time Harrison Ford reprised one of his iconic characters after a long hiatus.

[Read more…]

Video round-up: New ads for Gods of Egypt and Hail Caesar! New interviews about The Bible and The Young Messiah!


I haven’t got the time or energy right now to write a proper review of the new Star Wars movie, but I’ll try to say something about it soon-ish. In the meantime, here are a few new trailers and interviews re: other films that I’ve been keeping tabs on.

[Read more…]