2017 Film Journal

As per my 2016 Journal, videos and DVDs are in italics. Films I saw for the first time have an asterisk (*) next to them. Not counting extras and promo items. Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul Jan 1 — The Other Half [2016] * Jan 3 — Unless [2016] * Jan 4 — Aim for the Roses * Jan 4 — Koneline: Our Land Beautiful * Jan 4 — Silence [2016] Jan… Read more

Watch: New clips and a featurette for Scorsese’s Silence

One of the most spiritually challenging films in years is expanding to theatres across North America over the first two weeks of January. Read more

The top ten posts at FilmChat in 2016

Bible movies, superheroes, and an apparent case of mistaken zombie identity. Read more

Same Kind of Different as Me release date postponed again

The film was also dropped by Paramount Pictures and picked up Pure Flix. Read more

Box office: Sing soars over several other new releases

Passengers, Why Him? and Assassin’s Creed didn’t do so well this Christmas weekend. Read more

Sony Animation’s The Star — a Nativity film coming out next year — warms up its online marketing campaign

The film, which comes out in November 2017, now has a website and some social-media accounts. Read more

Box office: Rogue One hits while Collateral Beauty flops

The Star Wars franchise had another big hit at the box office this week, while a once reliable box-office draw had the worst opening of his entire career. Read more

Watch: Jack Huston and Timur Bekmambetov sing Morgan Freeman’s praises in a clip from a Ben-Hur bonus feature

Also: director Timur Bekmambetov has an explanation for why the movie flopped at the box office. Read more

Mary Magdalene director Garth Davis says Rooney Mara’s version of the character will not be a prostitute

He also calls the film “deeply moving” and “a humanistic portrayal of the story.” Read more

Ben-Hur: some quick notes on the Blu-Ray bonus features

There are two different versions of the Blu-Ray, depending on where you buy it. Read more

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