Watch: A new TV spot links Risen to the Easter holiday

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This coming Sunday is Easter on the western church calendar, and the people behind the current crop of “faith-based” movies are hoping that Christians will spend a little time at the movie theatre in addition to their time at church. Thus, we have seen a non-stop stream of new videos this week for Miracles from Heaven — all of which you can watch here — and now we have a new TV spot for Risen, the film about the death and resurrection of Jesus that is told from the point of view of a Roman officer.

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Watch: Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the Devil in the first trailer for Last Days in the Desert

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Fourteen months after it premiered at the Sundance film festival — and just in time for Easter — we finally have a trailer for Last Days in the Desert, which stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and the Devil in a story set sometime around the end of Jesus’ forty days of temptation in the wilderness. Check it out below the jump.

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Watch: Jesus gives Judah Ben-Hur a drink of water in a new “epic faith” trailer for the upcoming Ben-Hur remake

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The first trailer for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur came out last week, and it gave us only a very brief glimpse of Jesus. A new trailer — which first surfaced today on the Facebook page for Son of God, the other big-screen Jesus movie produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — gives us a little more. Check it out below the jump.

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Watch: New TV spots and featurettes give Miracles from Heaven an Easter-themed push

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Easter is coming up this weekend, but the biggest “faith-based” movie at the box office isn’t one of the two Bible movies out there — instead, it’s Miracles from Heaven, which tells the story of a girl who was healed of a rare digestive disorder. The studio has released some new videos to promote the film as it enters its second week.

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Easter Mysteries and the rarely-ever-dramatized appearance of the resurrected Jesus to Peter

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My friend Steven D. Greydanus is going to be on the big screen tomorrow night, as one of the co-hosts of a panel discussion following a special-event screening of Easter Mysteries, a stage musical about the death and resurrection of Jesus — and to mark the occasion, Steve has written a short round-up of the year’s Jesus movies.

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The Passion gets lowest ratings of recent live-musical genre

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For all the fuss about “faith-based” programming these days, TV shows based on the Bible have not been doing particularly well in the ratings. The latest case in point: The Passion, a live musical about the death of Jesus that aired on Fox last night.

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