Bible movie of the week: Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (dir. Gabriel Sabloff, 2012)

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Apostle Peter and the Last Supper is one of a handful of low-budget Bible films produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, the company behind Woodlawn and God’s Not Dead. Until last month, I had not seen any of that company’s biblical adaptations, but the news of Robert Loggia’s death prompted me to check out this film, which stars Loggia as the titular disciple on the eve of his martyrdom in Rome.

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Watch: A Nativity-themed clip from The Young Messiah

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The first clip from The Young Messiah is here — and, since Christmas is only two days away, the clip in question naturally depicts a scene from the story of Jesus’ birth.

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Brian Godawa calls The Young Messiah a “must see”

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Brian Godawa, author of Hollywood Worldviews and writer of To End All Wars, has been very critical of the Bible movies coming out over the last few years.

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TV newsbites: Of Kings and Prophets! Lucifer! Damien!

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1. We have a new Bible series! Deadline reports that ABC has picked up Of Kings and Prophets, which finished shooting its pilot episode just last week. So we’ll have at least one Bible-themed TV series next year, two if A.D. The Bible Continues gets renewed (and they both feature characters named Saul!). Deadline also reveals that an Israeli actor named Tomer Kapon is playing David’s nephew/general Joab.

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Last Days in the Desert: the Sundance round-up

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Last Days in the Desert, the low-budget film that stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan, had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival two nights ago, and the reviews so far have been pretty positive. The filmmakers were also there to discuss the film. What follows is a round-up of reviews and interviews from the festival.

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Christianity Today speaks to the director and star of the indie Jesus film Last Days in the Desert

lastdaysinthedesert-51253The film won’t premiere at Sundance for another 13 days, but Christianity Today’s Alissa Wilkinson posted an exclusive interview tonight with Last Days in the Desert director Rodrigo Garcia and his star Ewan McGregor, who plays both Jesus and Satan in the low-budget film — and along the way, she offers a few review-ish opinions of the film itself, all of them positive.

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