Narcissism in ‘Exodus’

Jan 5, 2015 by

Last month, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods & Kings capped off a year of biblical films. Like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, it is a Bible epic made by a director who has identified himself both as agnostic and...

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Beyond physical science to the soul

Nov 24, 2014 by

Something about space exploration invites us to ponder our place in the universe. From the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey to last summer’s Europa Report, storytellers have explored the mystery of human...

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Background noise

Oct 13, 2014 by

When I work, I often play music in the background. Recently I noticed that I was gravitating toward playlists I’d made from film soundtracks. I enjoyed the music itself, but I was also experiencing something...

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Syrian stories need to be told

Sep 24, 2014 by

Hadija is 10 years old. She wakes up at 6 a.m., climbs in the back of a truck full of children, and drives to a potato field in the Bekaa Valley where she will work for at least seven hours. And Rami is 12...

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Love will lead us home

Sep 1, 2014 by

The Giver is one of my favorite novels. Critics are mixed on the recent film adaptation, but I find it a good companion piece. I like how its visual nature heightens aspects like the impact of memory and the...

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“We are Groot” — a kingdom image

Aug 12, 2014 by

Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest addition to Marvel’s franchise, and it is an eclectic mix. It has the saddest and most moving opening of a blockbuster sci-fi movie since J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek, and...

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A good story can change your life

Jul 21, 2014 by

Recently, Pure Flix managing partner and God’s Not Dead producer Michael Scott talked about his approach to faith-based films at a summit sponsored by Variety. For films to succeed, the message, he said,...

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Saved by something greater

Jun 9, 2014 by

I have a confession: I am a fan of disaster movies. I totally get why folks tend to dismiss the genre, but Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a good example of why I don’t. It contains many elements that attract...

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‘Noah’ midrash

Apr 28, 2014 by

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah generated a great deal of discussion among Christian and Jewish film critics and leaders last month. Some raised concerns ranging from unease with non-biblical components to fears...

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Jesus’ story and the larger story

Mar 17, 2014 by

Adapted from the television miniseries The Bible, the film Son of God hit theaters last month. Most film critics were disappointed, noting redeeming moments but concluding it failed cinematically. Among...

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