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New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett Dear White People by dearwhitepeoplemovie.com / Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Dav ...

'The Theory of Everything,' Life's Greatest Questions, and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

“If all of us were some kind of cosmic accident, what chance love? That’s the point at which science breaks down, and something else exists.” The new Stephen Hawking biopic The ...

Cooking Up Meaning
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jose Humphreys Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau.  CHEF IS A small-budget film with an all-star ...

Boomtown Stories
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The purpose of art is to help us live better.  HIGHBROW FILM criticism and fanboy comment page ...

‘Left Behind’ and ‘The Good Lie’ Face Off During Hollywood’s Year of Faith-Based Films
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Two new movies that aim to attract a faith-based crowd join a glut of biblical films for 2014, testing the limits of Hollywood’s appetite for religion. Two new movies that aim to ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

As the Washington, D.C., premiere of Warner Bros.’ new movie, The Good Lie, came to a close, I could barely see the credits through my tears, but the noise of the crowd around me erupting into cheers and the s ...

'Rich Hill' Gives a Voice to Rural Missouri
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

“God has to be busy with everyone else. And hopefully he will come into my life. I hope it happens. It’s going to break my heart if it don’t.” “God has to be busy with everyone e ...

Possible Grace
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Calvary is a rare and beautiful film, one that tells the truth, or at least asks for it honestly. ...

Frustration With 'Exodus' All-White Lead Cast Turns Into #BoycottExodusMovie
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Press

July 17, 2014 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 5:56am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been told that it's sacrilegious to set an old hymn to a new tune or has been chastised for listening to Sufjan Stevens because it "isn't Christian music" can probably relate ...

This Will Change How You See Immigration
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Press

May 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Viewing Community
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down. ...

Security State Superheroes
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down. THE CLASSIC COMIC book hero ...

Why Emma Watson Is The Secret Key To 'Noah'
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Press

March 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Esther Zuckerman ...

Why I Am Troubled by 'God's Not Dead'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

I am troubled by God’s Not Dead. Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters. From the opening scene to its closing postscript,  God’s Not De ...

'Noah:' Deeply, Passionately Biblical
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, Noah is deeply, passionately biblical. I’ll begin by cutting to the chase: Forget most of what you’ve read about Darren Aronofsky’s new ...

The Fallacy of Good v. Evil: A Q&A with 'Noah' Writer Ari Handel
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

Last Sunday in Los Angeles, Cathleen Falsani sat down with Ari Handel, a screenwriter and frequent collaborator with Noah director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he co-wrote the film and the graphic novel, Noah, ...

Q&A: 'Noah' Director Darren Aronofsky on Justice vs. Mercy
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

The Noah epic releasing in theaters this Friday promises to be controversial, with director Darren Aronofsky calling it “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” The Noah ...

The United Cinematic States Of America
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:45am | Type: Press

March 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Gareth Higgins ...

Cine-Monastic Disciplines
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Without conscious resistance, the flattened culture of entertainment globalization is going to continue to dominate. ...

Not Afraid of the Dark
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and p ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Gareth Higgins on Peace, Politics, and Our Nation's 'Cinematic States'
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Lots of people like movies; Gareth Higgins loves movies. But the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and long-time peace activist engages popular culture with a different eye than most of us. I asked ...

Heartbreak and Hope in Miami
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The film "Documented" never flinches from the raw story of Jose Antonio Vargas' coming out as an undocumented immigrant after winning the Pulitzer Prize. Last week ...

'The Fifth Estate:' Is WikiLeaks Good for America?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite this latest round of drama revolving around WikiLeaks and its lightning rod of a front man, the question still remains: Is WikiLeaks good for America? Am I the only one wh ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

Faith, Family, Latino, LGBT, All 'Before God'
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Before God: We are All Family is a new film focused on the experiences of Latina LGBT people. As a boy growing up, Joanna Maria Cifredo wasn’t like her brothers. “My brothers l ...

New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennes ...

'The Butler:' Owning Our Collective Story
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

My eyes are continually covered by the veil of white privilege. I must constantly tear it away and see the world as it is, not as I have enjoyed it.  As people stepped on our toes ...

A Great Story Changes Everyone: 'Fruitvale Station'
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

The only way our stories change is through experience, and since we can’t experience everything, we have to rely on other people to help us along. Telling a story, I remind my students, is a privilege, because ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Live Simply by Franciscan Media / Who is Dayani Crystal? by Pulse Films / Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Con ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern / Kinship Across Borders: ...

To the Wonder: A Rumination on Love
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

I definitely recommend To the Wonder, especially for Christians looking to explore a complex part of human existence through a beautiful movie. The last Terrence Malick film I w ...

A True Contender
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The new Criterion BluRay edition of On the Waterfront not only offers the crispest representation of the 1954 New Jersey d ...

Film: I Was Worth 50 Sheep
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The film I Was Worth 50 Sheep by Global Voices premiered on Sept. 2, but you have the opportunity to watch it online until April 28. The film I Was Worth 50 Sheep   by Glo ...

Father Abraham and the Jews
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

In his recent book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna recounts an important but little-known event in 1863 in Lincoln’s quest for full civil, religious, and ...

Oscars and the Big Picture
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins We shouldn't really expect the Oscars to grasp the point of history, though this year the films nominated for Best Pi ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma / Girl Rising / Summoned from the Margin: Homec ...

Sundance Diary: Imagining the World As It Ought To Be
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

It’s been said that Hollywood films comfort the afflicted while Sundance films afflict the comfortable. Film offers a vicarious entry to the world the way it is, and the films I saw at the 2013 Sundance Film F ...

Top 10 of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the best films released in 2012. THE BEST experiences I had at the cine ...

First Look — 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

One of the most striking things about the film is just how carefully Peter Jackson manages to balance the childlike qualities of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – written some 18 years before the Lord of the Rings ...

Steve Taylor on Leaving Music for Film, Returning to Music, the Election and Other Scary Things
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Steve Taylor, film director and rock hero, visits our (mine and Jordan Green's) Homebrewed Christianity podcast to talk about the disappointing theater run of his film, Blue Like Jazz, what made him leave ...

Let's Talk Poverty in the Debate
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 9:06pm | Type: Blog

In Wednesday's debate, how will the words that are said and the positions that are staked out affect the 46 million people in our country living in poverty? Tomorrow night is ...

Bishops Blast Coptic Christians Behind Anti-Muslim Film
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

Coptic Christian leaders in the United States distanced themselves from an anti-Muslim film that has sparked protests in more than 24 countries, and denounced the Copts who reportedly produced and promoted the ...

Hellbound? New Film Explores Ideas, Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 6:17pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all non-Christians are going to hell, then that means that not only would Hitler be there, but so would most of his victims.How could it be just for someone to go from the fires of Auschwit ...

Screening Relevance
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Three highlights from Full Frame are films that mingle mature cinematic craft with ethical depth. ...

Links of Awesomeness: June 20, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Watch the new trailer for the Monsters Inc prequel, Monsters University. Plus a man with no legs climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro and CNN streams a new documentary on Bruce Springsteen. Read these in today's Links ...

Hell and Mr. Fudge
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

A new film, 'Hell and Mr. Fudge', compresses the events of the years when Edward Fudge, now a Houston-based lawyer and internationally known Bible teacher and author, began an intensive study of the ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: June 5, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

An award winning new short starring Kevin Spacey -- the most extroverted city in the U.S. -- Wilco releases free e-book -- The Daily Show's coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee -- Jason Schwartzma ...