Watch: Trailers for eight independent “faith-based” films, all coming out between August and October of this year

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The first months of the year and the last weeks of summer are the slowest moviegoing times of the year. Not coincidentally, perhaps, those are also the two times of year when a lot of the smaller, independent “faith-based” films tend to come out, since they don’t have to worry about blockbusters crowding them out of the multiplex.

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Watch: Ben-Hur goes “epic” in a new featurette

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With six weeks to go until the film’s release date, Paramount has posted a new Ben-Hur featurette. This one focuses on the film’s “epic” nature, and while it consists mostly of footage that we have seen before, it does have a few new bits.

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Why is Jesus crying in this image from the new Ben-Hur?

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Damaris Media in the UK has posted a set of community resources in connection with the upcoming release of Ben-Hur, including a church discussion guide and a youth activity pack, and along the way they have also provided some new photos from the upcoming film — including an image of Jesus shedding tears while he prays.

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Ben-Hur news round-up: How big a success will it be?

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Another week, another quick round-up of Ben-Hur-related news stories.

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Box office: Tarzan leads a pack of also-rans behind Dory

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A Pixar cartoon just kept swimming at the top of the box office this week, while three new releases had openings that ranged from decent to disappointing.

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Watch: McCoy gives Spock a word of advice about “Earth girls” in the first clip from Star Trek Beyond

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The other day, while trying to figure out the relevance of Rihanna’s lyrics to the Star Trek film she had written them for, I speculated that Spock and Uhura might break up in this movie. And, well, what do you know: our first clip from the film seems to depict just that, though without all the layers of angst that Rihanna’s song provides.

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