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.

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


Ben-Hur was one of the year’s biggest flops, and director Timur Bekmambetov thinks he knows why: he recently told a Russian news agency that the film failed at the box office because audiences prefer stories of revenge to stories about forgiveness.

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


Garth Davis is making the rounds to promote his first feature film Lion, which tells the true story of an Indian boy who was adopted by an Australian couple and then, as an adult, used Google Earth to find the village of his birth.

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


Ben-Hur is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. My take on the film hasn’t changed much since I wrote my review — if anything, I was even more struck by the casually anachronistic dialogue this time (“Wow,” “Oh my God,” “opinion-makers,” etc.) — but I did want to jot down a few quick notes about the Blu-Ray’s bonus features.

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Jesus gets a digital tummy-tuck


Yesterday I updated my post on movie depictions of the Crucifixion to take into account a couple of films that have come out since the last update, and along the way, I decided to replace one of the images from Risen.

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Box office: Office Christmas Party nearly topples Moana


An R-rated comedy almost beat a Disney cartoon at the box office this week.

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