Religious motifs in the upcoming Alien and X-Men movies

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Two quick notes about Alien: Covenant and X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Box office: God’s Not Dead 2 and Batman v Superman both perform below (their not-high-to-begin-with) expectations

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It was a weekend of setbacks for “faith-based” films and superhero movies.

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Trailer watch: Star Trek Beyond destroys the Enterprise and X-Men: Apocalypse destroys the world… or tries to!

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Well, that didn’t last long.

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X-Men: Apocalypse buzz: Is God the villain? Is Nightcrawler no longer a Catholic? Here’s why I’m not worried… yet.

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Two months ago, I linked to a couple of interviews with X-Men: Apocalypse star Oscar Isaac in which he said, among other things, that the villain he plays in that film will be “the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of God”.

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Is Oscar Isaac taking his X-Men villain in a more “biblical” direction?

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Oscar Isaac’s star has been on the rise in recent years.

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Oscar nominations — my own two bits, and a complete list

grandbudapesthotelIt is extremely rare for a film to win Best Picture without also being nominated for its director, its film editing, and its screenplay. So it looks like this year’s top Oscar will go to one of three films: Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Imitation Game. But there are exceptions to every rule, and we can’t entirely rule out Birdman, which is tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most nominations of any film this year; Birdman was snubbed in the film-editing category, but that could be because the film was seamlessly edited to look as though it was all filmed in one long take.

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