New details about — and a new trailer for — The Shack

Like other recent “faith-based” films, The Shack will have special screenings in select cities the night before it opens. Read more

Box office: Hidden Figures nearly beats Rogue One

A movie about the space race nearly beat Star Wars at the box office this week. Read more

Martin Sheen replaces Robert Redford as Oral Roberts

Come Sunday will also star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Carlton Pearson, a Pentecostal minister who was deemed a heretic for saying he didn’t believe in Hell. Read more

Does the chariot race sequence in Ben-Hur need dialogue?

Earlier versions of Ben-Hur had almost zero dialogue during the chariot race. But the latest version has lots of it. Read more

Watch: Ten clips from The Purple Rose of Cairo

Ten clips from the 1985 film — my second-favorite movie of all time — were posted to Fandango’s YouTube channel a couple weeks ago. Read more

Box office: Rogue One is now the #2 movie of 2016 in North America (but only the #9 movie worldwide — so far)

Once again — following Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and Moana — a Disney film tops the charts for three weeks in a row. Read more

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 | Aug | Sep | Oct Jan 1 — The Other Half [2016] * Jan 3 — Unless [2016] * Jan 4 — Aim for the Roses * Jan 4 — Koneline: Our Land Beautiful *… 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

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