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'Batman v Superman' is Every Christian’s Battle
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Why is the idea of Superman and Batman beating each other up so compelling? Two of America’s most recognizable heroes are heading for a showdown, and it’s a fight most of us are i ...

Secret Orders and Supposed Traitors — TV’s ‘Dig’ Into Religious History
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Dig's religious puzzle is beginning to fall into historical — and colorfully fictitious — place. The pieces of the religious puzzle that make up the USA Network’s biblical co ...

Confusing Jesus with Daredevil
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

The huge problem with all this for Christians is that our compliance in such a model of justice is terribly removed from the teachings of Christ. It’s sinful. Jesus was certainly focused on living justly and r ...

Digging Under Mount Moriah with TV’s ‘Dig’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2015 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Archaic prayers, hidden keys, and secret religious orders — such are the elements of the latest episode of the USA Network’s biblical conspiracy action series Dig. Archaic prayer ...

'The Salt of the Earth:' Gorgeous Photos in Stark Perspective
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

The Salt of the Earth is a film about perspective, and that's what gives it that extra emotional oomph. Why do we engage with art? What is about a poem, painting, film, or ph ...

Trials and Tribulations
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The extraordinary film Leviathan takes place in a tiny coastal town on the other side of the world, but it relates to all ...

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

You’ll see a decidedly more multicultural cast, the result of “honest” conversations between black church leaders and the filmmakers, Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. ...

Jesus Is All Over the Small Screen, and That’s No Accident
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where ...

'It Follows' Explores the Spirituality of Horror
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

The film explores the ever-approaching darkness that none of us escape. Pretty impressive in a genre more commonly associated with objectification and cheap thrills. Should Christ ...

Shooting in a Moral Vacuum
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave ba ...

Dissecting the 'House of Cards' Church Scene
Originally Posted: 03/06/2015 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

All presidents beseech God to bless the United States of America. Many pray for divine aid for themselves or their policies. Some can only wonder at the inscrutable ways of the Almighty. Then there’s Frank Und ...

Moved, or Moved to Act?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions.  ...

For the Love of ‘Paddington:’ A Movie Review
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

Paddington asks us to consider if our fears are legitimate or whether we are frightened of a cuddly bear who will open our shut-up hearts and change our lives for the better. We may never know which it is. But ...

‘American Sniper’ or ‘Selma’ — How Christian Is Your Movie Choice?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

The latest box office numbers for Selma were also released today following the MLK holiday weekend. The film reportedly brought in $11.5 million through Monday, bringing its domestic total to $29.1 million. Se ...

Here’s the Faith in the ‘American Sniper’ You Won’t See in the Film
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 6:10pm | Type: Blog

Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family. ...

Top 5 Resources for Community Dialogue on 'Selma'
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The film Selma is an incredibly helpful dialogue centerpiece at the moment. . When those opportunities surface, I recommend using the format below as a template for similar dialogues moving forward. I’ve colle ...

A Year of Great Films
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 8:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the 10 best films of 2014 (many more are worthy, but 10 are all that will fit).  ...

The Long March from ‘Exodus’ to ‘Selma’
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

But the most important thing about “Exodus” actually takes us beyond the movie itself — and points us in a direction that leads us to another epic film of the season. Here is one ...

A Better Kind of Good
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ ...

Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Before Zamperini’s death, Jolie showed him rough cuts of the film. From all accounts, he had no complaints. I made a new friend — Angelina Jolie,” Zamperini said. “The gal really loves me. She hugs me and kis ...

‘The Red Tent:' A Bloody Tale with a Timely Twist
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

It is time to return Dinah’s voice to her — and not only in a Lifetime miniseries. Imagine: The Sabbath when her story is read in synagogue could become an annual Sabbath Against Violence To Women. ...

Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' a Needed Depiction of Torture
Originally Posted: 11/17/2014 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

While there are scenes of physical torture onscreen, the film doesn’t show them in graphic detail — to the point where it almost feels that Stewart isn’t going as deep with the subject matter as he could have. ...

'The Theory of Everything,' Life's Greatest Questions, and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 2:26pm | 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 ...

A Culture War Misfire
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.  ...

'Dear White People:' A Satire of Injustice
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Dear White People is clever, loving, angry satire. The film sometimes falters in its process, but delivers the goods when it matters most. The fact that it comes so stingingly close to reality is stunning. It’ ...

Cooking Up Meaning
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | 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 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Make Way for the Female Antihero: TV Takes a Page from the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Over the past several years, TV has become saturated with male antiheroes. Breaking Bad made a meth dealer Emmy gold, and Dexter garnered a cult following behind a sociopathic vigilante. But hey, boys will be ...

The Strange Nostalgia of 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

The rapture movie is neither hot nor cold. So why was it made? A roundtable of religion writers discuss. Editor’s Note : ‘ Left Behind ’ starring Nicolas Cage hits ...

How to Save Each Other
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 1:17pm | 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 ...

What 'The Leftovers' Can Teach Us About Hope and the Christian Faith
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

The Leftovers examines the deeper human and spiritual issues of what would happen were two percent of the population to suddenly disappear. It is powerful and beautiful and really hard to watch (especially Epi ...

WATCH: 7 Video Clips That Showcase Robin Williams' Brilliance
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

We lost a funny man on Monday to a sad and persistent disease. Robin Williams passed away Monday night of an apparent suicide. We lost a funny man on Monday to a sad and persisten ...

Are We the United States of Dystopia? The Politics of 'The Giver'
Originally Posted: 08/12/2014 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

This Friday, a movie version of the classic novel “The Giver” opens in theaters with an impressive cast, including Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. This Friday, a mov ...

Possible Grace
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

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

Small Screen, Great Drama
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Studios have been realizing that there is an audience for long-form storytelling that is willing to think. ...

REVIEW: HBO's The Leftovers, a Grim Take on the Limits of Grief and Faith
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good series of the summer, if your summer revolves around root canals and recreational waterboarding. HBO’s “The Leftovers” is the feel-good seri ...

'Punk Jews' Highlights Judaism's 'Myriad Flavors'
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 6:56am | 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 ...

Maleficent the Feminist? A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Feminism has always been its own worst enemy when it strives to create women in the image of men rather than encourage women to abandon rivalry with men and seek their flourishing elsewhere. This is a story ab ...

In Remembrance: Maya Angelou
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

Angelou did not claim to be a theologian, but her words spun theology for a nation. She was speaking of shalom — that biblical concept that envisions the day with the lion and the lamb shall lie together, the ...

Antonio Banderas May Be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff. Spanish heartthrob Antonio B ...

A Matter of Misinformation
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

In just the latest evidence that a certain subset of conservative evangelical Christians really has no interest in occupying the real world with the rest of us, the trailer for a new movie called A Matter of F ...

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 Emma Watson Is The Secret Key To 'Noah'
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Press

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

A Biblical Review of 'Noah'
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

The filmmaker weaves a story more in line with St. Augustine’s struggle and Elie Wiesel’s crisis of faith. Noah demand’s the audience to think and feel. We are forced to look at the film with head and heart. ...

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 ...

The Fallacy of Good v. Evil: A Q&A with 'Noah' Writer Ari Handel
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:04am | 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, ...

'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 ...

The United Cinematic States Of America
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Press

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

Anderson Creates Sacred Cinematic Space in 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

To my mind, all of Wes Anderson’s films are masterpieces in the truest sense of that word. But his most recent creation, Grand Budapest Hotel, is, perhaps, his chef d’oeuvre. To m ...