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Hollywood normally does a poor job of portraying religion or comprehending regular religious practice, especially when it comes to Christianity. Why don’t they try to understand the culture? […] Read More

The writer of Ecclesiastes observed, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body” (Ecclesiastes 12:12). I will not attempt to comment on the second half of this statement, but the first part is certainly true. We live in a time when the production of all types of media grows […] Read More

I have always loved movies. It is a lifelong passion. Because I love the movies, I like to share with others those movies that touched me deeply and to give them a chance to discuss them. I want them to see how they speak so deeply to me. My hope is that these movies will […] Read More

Contemporary cinema is asking five key questions, a speaker at Catalyst Live said. Questions that, if we are willing to engage, Christians can help society answer. What do “Sherlock Holmes,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Tangled,” “Inception,” “Batman” and “Love Actually” have to do with Christianity? At Catalyst Live, Tom Price, tutor at the Oxford Centre […] Read More

I’m an avid movie watcher. It’s not at all unusual for me to quote a line or even play a clip from a meaningful film during a sermon if it helps move a thought forward or at least provokes the imagination “God-ward.” That is why I have been intrigued, if not baffled, by the number […] Read More

An ad for the recently released movie “12 Years a Slave” promoted it as a “game changer” in understanding the slavery experience. I take that to mean it will be one of those landmark expressions that will have a significant impact on our collective consciousness of this feature of our history and its lasting legacy. […] Read More

Back in the 1970s, I heard my friend and colleague, Bob Culpepper, talk about his list of “top 10” movies. (Bob passed away earlier this month, and I wrote about him here.) After hearing about Bob’s list, and the movies on it, I soon made my own list and have revised it from time to […] Read More

Film offers one way of relating spiritual matters to popular culture – and it might just be forming the beginnings of a new missional church in Great Britain. About 130 miles northwest of London, Hereford Baptist Church has been discovering just what a useful resource film can be. For almost two years, it has been […] Read More

(RNS) Pop quiz: Who said “We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up”? According to a recent poll, more Americans attributed the passage to comic book hero Captain America, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President George W. Bush than its […] Read More

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Terrence Malick’s new film, “Tree of Life,” is nearly indescribable. Not because its beauty or virtuosity are beyond words, although it has its moments. “Tree of Life,” which opens on Friday (May 27), is iconoclastic, its plot nonlinear, constructed by a series of impressions, images and the emotionally charged dynamic between its […] Read More