Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur came out on iTunes, Google Play and other digital platforms today. I’m still waiting for the Blu-Ray, so I won’t be able to check out the bonus features until then, but for now, USA Today has a clip from one of the making-of featurettes that focuses on — what else? — the chariot race.
Watch: The stars of Ben-Hur (now on Digital HD) talk about the dangers of chariot driving — including gassy horses
Disney added another film to its growing list of box-office hits this week.
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.
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.
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.
A smart sci-fi film was the top new movie at the box office this week.