Review: The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (dir. Dallas Jenkins, 2017)


The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is a “faith-based” comedy about a washed-up former child star who, having trashed a hotel roof bar, is told to do a couple hundred hours of community service at a Chicago-based megachurch and ends up starring in their Easter play. It’s a safe, formulaic and utterly predictable film — precisely the kind of “Christian” movie I tend not to review here — but because of my interest in movies about Jesus, I was interested in seeing how this film would depict the play.

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Sony Animation reveals the cast for Nativity film The Star


The studio hasn’t released any pictures yet, to my knowledge, but today Sony Pictures Animation sent out a press release announcing the voice cast for its upcoming film The Star, which tells the story of the first Christmas from the animals’ point of view.

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Box office: Hidden Figures holds on to the top spot while six new films fail to find an audience


A drama about three African-American women who broke racial barriers in the early 1960s held on to the top spot at the box office on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, while half a dozen new wide releases failed to find an audience.

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New details about — and a new trailer for — The Shack


With seven weeks to go before the film comes out, new details about The Shack — and a new trailer for the film — have come online.

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Box office: Hidden Figures nearly beats Rogue One


A movie about the space race nearly beat Star Wars at the box office this week.

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Martin Sheen replaces Robert Redford as Oral Roberts


Three years ago, I passed along a news item to the effect that Robert Redford was in talks to play televangelist Oral Roberts in a movie called Come Sunday. Today, Deadline reports that the part will go to Martin Sheen instead — and that’s not the only thing that has changed about the film since the last time I blogged it.

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