The Hollars producer Tom Rice on looking for Christian themes in movies that aren’t necessarily “Christian movies”

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Tom Rice is a Christian. He is also a movie producer. But that doesn’t mean he makes “Christian movies”. Instead, he says, he makes movies that reflect his Christian worldview on a broader level, and to date that has meant making uplifting films like Begin Again (original title: Can a Song Save Your Life?) and The Way Way Back, as well as grittier films like the gambling-addict drama Mississippi Grind.

Rice’s newest film The Hollars — which expands to three hundred theatres this week after opening in limited release a few weeks ago — is another case in point.

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Exclusive: Randy LaHaye on playing the Antichrist, planning his own movie about the Resurrection, and rebooting the Rapture with Vanished | Left Behind: Next Generation

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The end is near — again! But this time it has more of a young-adult sensibility.

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Interview: Christy Beam (Miracles from Heaven, 2016)

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There have been a few films lately based on the stories of people who say they caught a glimpse of Heaven during a near-death experience. Miracles from Heaven — which comes out on DVD today — adds an interesting wrinkle to the genre: in this case, a girl who has been suffering from a rare digestive order for years falls into a hollow tree and has her vision there, and once she is rescued, it turns out she is healed.

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Exclusive: James Wan on his return to horror, respecting the experiences of those who encounter the paranormal, and getting a priest to bless the set of The Conjuring 2

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Many directors dream of launching one hit franchise. James Wan has launched three.

The Malaysia-born, Australia-raised filmmaker first made a name for himself with Saw, a psychological horror film that spawned six sequels, all of which Wan produced but did not direct. Then he directed Insidious and its first sequel; a fourth film — again, produced but not directed by Wan — is now in the works. And then he directed The Conjuring, a huge hit that led to a prequel-ish spin-off called Annabelle.

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Exclusive: Patrick and Paul Aiello on the making of Risen

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Risen — which stars Joseph Fiennes as a fictitious Roman officer who goes looking for the missing body of Jesus — is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Last week I had a chance to speak to Patrick Aiello, the producer who first started developing the film nearly a decade ago, and his brother Paul, who co-wrote the script.

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Exclusive: Almost Holy director Steve Hoover on his film, about a Ukrainian pastor who “kidnaps” drug-addicted youth

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To some, he’s a lawless vigilante; to others, he’s a hero. Either way, there is something very dramatic about the way Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko has dealt with the social crises that have plagued Ukraine since the collapse of the former Soviet Union.

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