BBC Film Productions has released a trailer for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary which seems to take a more comical approach to the subject of the Church of Scientology. Structured in a first-hand journey format as we’ve seen from Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, the film tries to confront the church to get some answers. And as expected, the Church of Scientology wants nothing to do with Theroux. Watch the My Scientology Documentary trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Earlier this summer, screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) revealed he was writing a sequel to The Passion of the Christ for Mel Gibson. The two longtime collaborators are in very, very early stages of working on the film. Wallace stressed the sequel wasn’t guaranteed when he first mentioned it, and Gibson clearly isn’t in a rush to make the movie, titled The Resurrection, considering it’s been 12 years since Passion of the Christ came out and based on his comments on the sequel.
Below, read Gibson’s thoughts on The Passion of the Christ sequel.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I may be a secular heathen these days, but I still vividly recall walking the Stations of the Cross as a young Catholic, reliving the betrayal, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth through grim art and the words of my priest. It was equal parts captivating and horrifying and it sticks with me, years after I succumbed to the devil and started living a life of sin and blasphemy and writing about movies for a living.
Of course, other churches have taken this a step further, with members attending elaborate Passion Plays to celebrate Easter. Others have taken it further yet – are you familiar with The Holy Land Experience, located a short drive from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? The suffering of Jesus Christ, as the box office returns of The Passion of the Christ attest, is a big business! And like many other businesses, this one is dipping its toe into the latest technology on the horizon. Are you ready for a virtual reality movie about the life of Jesus? Because one is on the way.
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Today I want to share with you a trailer for one of the latest faith-based movies, I’m Not Ashamed. Masey McLain stars as Rachel Joy Scott, a Colorado high school student whose “life and testimony changed the world for God.” I don’t want to spoil this trailer, and urge you to watch the whole thing for yourself. And I know you may be tempted to click the back button on your browser 40 seconds into this film advertisement but please, keep watching until the end.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Some of Toby Kebbell‘s most prominent roles are the ones where he’s hidden behind CG and mo-cap magic: Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four, and most recently Durotan in Warcraft. But he’ll show his face for real later this summer in Timur Bekmambetov‘s re-adaptation of Ben-Hur, where he plays the duplicitous Messala to Jack Huston‘s Judah Ben-Hur.
If you’ve seen the William Wyler classic, you already know the story: Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince who’s forced into slavery thanks to the betrayal of his best friend, Roman officer Messala. Years later, Ben-Hur returns seeking revenge via chariot race. A new Ben-Hur trailer plays up the tragedy of Ben-Hur’s ordeal, while a new Ben-Hur featurette reveals the practical stunt work from the climactic chariot race sequence. Watch ’em both below. Read More »
In 2004, Mel Gibson‘s The Passion of the Christ defied all odds and became the third highest grossing film of its year, edged out only by the likes of Shrek and Spider-Man. An independently produced, ultra-violent, R-rated depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus filmed using dead languages and subtitles had managed to tap into an evangelical audience that often found itself neglected at the local multiplex. It remains one of the strangest and most telling moments in recent movie history.
A lot has changed in the past twelve years. Faith-based movies have emerged as a new genre. Mel Gibson went from being one of the world’s most beloved movie stars and an Oscar-winning director to a seemingly racist crackpot more than willing to fight Sylvester Stallone in an Expendables sequel. The Passion of the Christ might feels like it was made a lifetime ago. And maybe that’s why Gibson is now working on a sequel.
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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ewan McGregor‘s already had one movie out this year, the little-seen Jane Got a Gun, and he’s got another out next weekend, the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead. But if you still can’t get enough of the Scottish actor, you may want to keep an eye out for Rodrigo Garcia‘s Last Days in the Desert. The drama stars not one but two Ewan McGregors, going head-to-head as both Jesus and Satan. It’s not a trick every actor can pull off, but we have faith in McGregor to make it work.
It helps that he’s got some other great talents backing him up, including Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, and Tye Sheridan as a family who encounter the “holy man” in the middle of nowhere. And making everyone and everything look austerely beautiful is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who just picked up an unprecedented third consecutive Oscar win for The Revenant. Check out the Last Days in the Desert trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Hulu has released a trailer for their original series The Path, which will premiere on the online streaming service on March 30th, 2016. From executive producer Jason Katims (creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood) comes a drama about “a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith, and power.” The 10-episode series stars Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy. Watch The Path trailer embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the thriller Captive. Based on true events, the film has Kate Mara as Ashley Smith, a struggling mother and recovering drug addict whose bad day takes a turn for the much, much worse when she’s taken hostage by accused rapist Brian Nichols (played by David Oyelowo).
But the real star here is Rick Warren‘s Christian self-help book The Purpose Driven Life. Ashley initially rejects the book, but comes to find great value in it. Especially once it becomes a way for her to convince Brian to let her go. Watch the Captive trailer after the jump. Read More »