The Promise Looks Promising

By Paul Asay on April 7, 2017

A couple of days ago, the big-budget drama The Promise was screened at The Vatican. Director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian and some of the actors were at the screening, and Variety says the whole affair was “a clear sign of Catholic Church…

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Three Things That Make Terrible Christian Movies Great

By Paul Asay on March 31, 2017

Heard of Slamma Jamma? I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s pretty awful. Or, depending on how you look at it, awful pretty. It’s the story of Michael Diggs, a college basketball star who spent six years in the slammer…

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4 Great, Tough Lessons I Learned From Silence

By Paul Asay on March 28, 2017

Silence, Martin Scorsese’s beautiful, difficult and overlooked masterpiece on faith, is out on Blu-Ray and DVD as of this very day. I’ll be buying it and watching it again—forcing anyone I can to watch it with me. Admittedly, it’s not…

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Basketball Belief: How the 16 Teams Left in March Madness Reflect Spirituality

By Paul Asay on March 23, 2017

No more Friars. No more Demon Deacons. Even those hated Blue Devils are gone. The NCAA Basketball Tournament has been hard on teams with religious nicknames. And for casual fans like to inject a little spiritual insanity into their March…

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3 Ways Christianity Sneaks Into Beauty and the Beast (Despite that ‘Gay Moment’)

By Paul Asay on March 16, 2017

I’m pretty sure that Bill Condon wishes he had just kept his mouth shut. Condon, director of Disney’s soon-to-be-blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, told the British magazine Attitude that one of the characters, LeFou, has a “nice, exclusively gay moment”…

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Lent on the Small Screen: Watch Movies Based on All Four Gospels (and Win One, Too!)

By Paul Asay on March 14, 2017

We’re in the middle of Lent right now, a time of year when many Christians try to be especially mindful of Jesus and the incredible sacrifice He made for us. Its 40-day duration is meant to remind us of Jesus’ time…

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Christianity and Kong: What Hollywood’s Biggest Ape Has in Common With The World’s Largest Religion

By Paul Asay on March 10, 2017

We can’t ignore the 800-ton gorilla in the room. Kong: Skull Island stomps into theaters today, pounding his chest, tearing apart dinosaurs and (its makers hope) thrilling a new generation of moviegoers. If we’ve learned anything since Kong first appeared…

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The Zookeeper’s Wife Looks Intense

By Paul Asay on March 9, 2017

It’s going to be quite the March at the movies. Seems like the month is slammed with the sort of high-profile popcorn munchers that we’d typically see in May or June. Logan’s already made more than $100 million in less…

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Logan is a Christian Fable Disguised as a Superhero Story

By Paul Asay on March 6, 2017

  Logan’s a rough ride—raw and bloody and dark. And it’s the best superhero film since The Dark Knight. It succeeds in part because it’s not trying to be a superhero film. While Logan and Charles Xavier (Hugh Jackman and…

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CNN Finds a Pretty Good Show in Finding Jesus

By Paul Asay on March 3, 2017

If you took each hour-long episode of CNN’s Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery and distilled it to its essence, you’d be left with about a 90-second show. Take Sunday’s season premiere (airing at 9 p.m. EST and PST), “The Pilate…

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