Watch: The second trailer for Risen, starring Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton as Roman soldiers and Cliff Curtis as Jesus

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Four months ago, we got our first good look at Risen (formerly known as Clavius), the film that stars Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton as a couple of Roman soldiers who investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body. Now, today, with the film’s January 22 release less than five months away, we have a second, even longer, trailer, which consists almost entirely of new footage. Check it out below the jump.

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Watch: Three clips and a trailer for The Gospel of John

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The Lumo Project’s Gospel of John has been available on Netflix for several months, but for those who don’t subscribe to Netflix — and for those who want a copy that they can watch offline — the film will be coming out on DVD in seven weeks.

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Four Jesus films make Pop Classics’ “ancient movies” list

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Juliette Harrisson, who writes about films and TV shows with a Greco-Roman hook at the always enjoyable Pop Classics blog, has posted a list of her ten favorite “ancient historical movies and TV shows” — and it includes four Jesus films. Check it out here. (And if you haven’t checked out her post on Pontius Pilate in film yet, do.)

Su Re — a Rashomon-like version of the Passion?

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Most Jesus films tell a coherent story, or at least they try to: either they are based on a single gospel, or they try to “harmonize” the gospels by including certain story elements while omitting others. One film, however, makes a point of underlining the differences and even contradictions between the four canonical gospels.

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How two word-for-word adaptations of The Gospel of John use bits from the other gospels (and Acts) as well

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There aren’t that many word-for-word film adaptations of the Bible out there, but the genre — which got its start with The Genesis Project’s adaptations of Luke and the first half of Genesis in the 1970s — has grown to the point where we now have two very different films based on the same biblical text, namely the gospel of John.

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Ewan McGregor’s Jesus-and-Satan movie goes to Scotland

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It has been five months since Last Days in the Desert — starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan — premiered at Sundance, and the film still does not have a distributor, as far as I know. But it has made the rounds at a few more festivals since then, and this week it came to Edinburgh in McGregor’s native Scotland.

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