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Humor Makes 'Heaven' Accessible
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in "Heaven Is for Real." A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case fo ...

Why I Am Troubled by 'God's Not Dead'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 9:32am | 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 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

'Noah' Spurs Debate Pitting Art vs. Bible
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

With the release of the movie Noah a couple of weeks away, the waters of controversy are already rising fast. With the release of the movie Noah  a couple of weeks away, the w ...

'Son of God' Falls into Trap of Most Jesus Depictions
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 11:39pm | Type: Blog

While Son of God leaves much to be desired (as maybe it should), this is a movie I could see some Christian audiences enjoying for the way it repackages the well-known story of Jesus’ life. ...

The Lego Movie's Got Religion
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The Lego Movie, well-reviewed and making money by the brickyard, builds its story upon religious and moral themes. They don’t all snap together securely, but that’s in keeping with the rest of the film. ...

Hollywood: Whitewashing the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 9:41pm | Type: Blog

Following the success of the History Channel's mini-series, The Bible, which appeared weekly last March, Hollywood seems to have renewed an avenue in which Biblical adaptations are allowed to enjoy a sign ...

New Comedic Documentary Explores Muslims in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 2:36pm | 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 ...

A Great Story Changes Everyone: 'Fruitvale Station'
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:21pm | 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 ...

Transcending a Genocidal God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the produ ...

To the Wonder: A Rumination on Love
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:53pm | 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 - 9:18am | 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 ...

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

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

Tigers By the Tale
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Sandi Villarreal For Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, stories help light the way through chaos and despair. ...

'Lincoln:' An Honestly Good Movie
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

A review of the new movie 'Lincoln.' Abraham Lincoln was a storyteller, so it’s fitting that his story has been hashed out on the silver screen — without  vampires ...

Battles for Self
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins It's a mark of the moral complexity of The Master that it can critique the damage done by demonic religion while hono ...

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

Becoming Who We Are
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The wonderful thing about Pixar’s Brave is how it negates the historic disempowerment of female fairy tale protagonists. ...

Satire and Political Shadows
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Dictator, amid its crudity and over-the-top stereotypes, asks us to reimagine democracy. I ...

Prometheus: Promises Much, But Fails To Deliver
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Sadly, the film I was ready to see was not the one I saw. It’s a little over 12 hours since I walked out of the movie theater, as the seemingly never-ending credits of Prometheu ...

Art With a Brutal Heart
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The best parts of the Disney worldview look like the eschatological images in a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; the worst m ...

'Blue Like Jazz': The Sojourners Interview
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, our intrepid blogger/reporter/resident-God-Nerd Christian Piatt sat down with the makers of the highly-anticipated film Blue Like Jazz — Donald Miller, director Steve Taylor and Marshall Al ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...

Ayn Rand, Manichaeism, and Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ah, the voice of Ayn Rand from St. Petersburg, Russia rises again with the opening of a new movie based on her novel, <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>. Ah, the voice of Ayn ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

Loving Your Enemies (Even When You Don't Want To)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of like to fill in sound effects that I think the crowd listening to Jesus might have responded with. Sometimes when I'm bored I kind of ...

The Spiritual Power of Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Being blind in one eye has made me forever see in just two. While playing basketball, tennis, and hiking, I have always tried to imagine what it must be like to see in 3-D.</p> ...

Campaign Ads: Scarier Than Halloween Decorations?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Elections, my dear sir "Elections, my dear sir Campaign Ads: Scarier Than Campaign Ads: Scarier Than Halloween Decorations? ...

Justice and Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We can hi ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Eat, Pray, Love ... Yourself?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Eat Pray Love the movie has the makings of a summer hit, with Julia Roberts as its star and Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book as its source material.</p> <p>The book was something ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand. ...

The Moral of "Toy Story 3"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-toy-story31.jpg"></a>It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost ...

The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>When I got a press release announcing that Spike Jonze was the executive producer of </em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-lazarus-effect/index.html">The Lazarus Ef ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

Video: Glenn Beck Meets with Jim Wallis for Social Justice Dialogue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>On the eve of Good Friday, recognizing that sad and tragic events often dominate the headlines, airwaves, and even our own blog, a dose of the "best medicine" might help us all make it thr ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1266035336&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a> ...

Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We love a redemption story.</p> <p>The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American p ...

Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe ...

An Indigenous Ecuadorian Christian Activist Takes on Big Oil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>Earlier this year, Luis Yanza, who is featured in the documentary </em><a href="http://www.crudethemovie.com/">Crude</a><em>, sat down with Sojourners assistant edit ...

Why Climate Change Matters to the Lives of the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

World Vision is at the Copenhagen climate change talks because this is no longer an environmental crisis alone, but a deepening humanitarian crisis. World Vision is at the Copenha ...

Climate Justice Clips: Burning for Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As we reflect on the current economic crisis and the Copenhagen Climate Summit, I'm reminded of the documentary <a href="http://www.theburningseasonmovie.com"><em>The Burning Season& ...