Exclusive: Martin Sheen plays a priest in The Vessel, a film produced by Terrence Malick and coming in September

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It has been over four decades since Martin Sheen starred in Terrence Malick’s first film, the 1973 classic Badlands. Now the two have reunited, sort of, for The Vessel — a film written and directed by Julio Quintana that counts Malick among its executive producers — and you can watch the first clip from the film below the jump.

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Review: The Holy Family (dir. Raffaele Mertes, 2006)

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The Young Messiah, which came out on DVD yesterday, isn’t the first movie to spend more than a scene or two on Jesus when he was a boy. It isn’t even the second. A few months ago I reviewed A Child Called Jesus, a 1987 film that has some striking parallels to The Young Messiah. Now I’d like to take a brief look at The Holy Family, a two-part TV-movie that has fewer parallels but is still interesting in its own way.

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Ben-Hur Superstar: two films that end on the same note

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I watched the 1959 version of Ben-Hur with my kids today — it was the first time they had ever seen the film — and I noticed something that had never occurred to me before: the final shot in the film shows a shepherd guiding his flock beneath the empty cross at Golgotha, just like the final shot in Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Watch: Mary lights the Sabbath candles in a deleted scene from The Young Messiah

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The Young Messiah came out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and I was planning to write a review of the bonus features — but the review copy that arrived at my place today was the Canadian edition of the disc, and it has no bonus features whatsoever. So it looks like I’ll just have to order the American disc and wait until that arrives.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes fifteen and sixteen

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Synopsis. Jacob is still mourning the loss of Joseph. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Zuleikha decides that, if Joseph can serve Potiphar as a “consultant”, then maybe she can “consult” with him too, nudge nudge wink wink. Joseph is standing in Honifer’s room and looking at his late mentor’s empty bed when Zuleikha’s servant summons him; en route to Zuleikha’s room, Joseph soothes a crying baby named Kisin, whose mother is one of Zuleikha’s kinswomen. Joseph resists Zuleikha’s attempts to woo him, and Zuleikha goes on a journey to the Nile along with her entourage, hoping that she can forget about Joseph. But the Nile holds no joy for her now, so she returns home.

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Watch: Four new clips from The Young Messiah, plus a clip from one of the bonus features coming to Blu-Ray tomorrow

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I just learned that WingClips, a website that specializes in film clips for sermons etc., has yanked four of the videos that they originally posted from The Young Messiah and replaced them with four new clips, to go with a new “family study guide”.

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