The first reviews of the “virtual reality” Jesus movie are here


The first reviews of Jesus VR: The Story of Christ — the “virtual reality” movie being previewed in Venice this week — are here. And they’re not very positive.

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Review: Ben-Hur (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 2016)


In theory, there is no reason why anyone shouldn’t make a new version of Ben-Hur. Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel has been dramatized several times already, and the most famous film of them all — the 1959 adaptation with Charlton Heston — deviated from the book in ways that arguably made it a less-than-definitive adaptation of the source material. (Among other things, the Heston film is less overt about its Christianity than the silent 1925 version.) So I was prepared to give the new movie a chance.

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Watch: The first five clips from the new Ben-Hur


The first five clips from the new version of Ben-Hur are now available via WingClips, a website that provides movie clips that pastors can use to illustrate their sermons etc. As you might expect, these clips focus on the religious themes of the film, rather than the action-packed spectacle that the trailers have tended to emphasize.

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The first four clips from Ben-Hur are now online, and a few other things we learned about the movie today


A lot of new footage from the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur went live today.

First, the website posted four clips from the film as part of a “faith-based” discussion guide. And then, a 20-minute montage of film clips was included in a simulcast hosted by Rick Warren and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey that was streamed to churches and other venues across the country.

These clips give us our best look at the film yet, and they reveal some of the ways that this new version of Ben-Hur will differ from the versions that came before it.

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Risen on Blu-Ray: some quick notes on the bonus features


It took a while for my review copy to arrive, but I finally had a chance to check out the bonus features on the Risen Blu-Ray. Here are a few quick thoughts on them.

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Review: Last Days in the Desert (dir. Rodrigo García, 2015)


People go to movies for many reasons, but what I look for most is some sort of experience. I want to feel what it’s like to live in another world, and I want to get a sense of what it’s like to live inside someone else’s head.

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