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November (Web-only) 2013

Black Nativity
Black Nativity
The stars come out but never shine.
The Quick Take for November 29, 2013
The Quick Take for November 29, 2013
Sylvester Stallone wrote a movie, Philomena Lee criticizes a critic, and more in this week's Quick Take.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
An inspiring yet imperfect biopic of a man more complex than he appears here.
This Thanksgiving, Stop Idolizing the Pilgrims
This Thanksgiving, Stop Idolizing the Pilgrims
An evangelical historian teaches us how to think critically about the heroes of our past.
Syria's Refugee Crisis Worst since Rwanda Genocide
Syria's Refugee Crisis Worst since Rwanda Genocide
At Jordan border, Christians turn out in force to provide help and hope.
The Quick Take for November 22, 2013
The Quick Take for November 22, 2013
Monty Python is reuniting! Plus 'Church Hoppers,' 'How I Met Your Father,' and more.
The Christmas Candle
The Christmas Candle
Max Lucado’s holiday book gets the Hollywood treatment.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Remember who the real enemy is.
Philomena
Philomena
A journalist hostile to religion helps a Roman Catholic woman look for the son who was taken from her.
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Does C. S. Lewis Have Something to Hide?
Does C. S. Lewis Have Something to Hide?
Or is Alister McGrath's biography too preoccupied with what Lewis declines to reveal?
Why We Need JFK's Peace Legacy
Why We Need JFK's Peace Legacy
What Christians can learn from the president's foreign policy achievement of 1963.
The Quick Take for November 15, 2013
The Quick Take for November 15, 2013
A trailer for 'Noah,' a new gender-based ratings system in Sweden, Bond on Netflix, and more.
Dear Mr. Watterson
Dear Mr. Watterson
An enjoyable ode to 'Calvin and Hobbes' and the brilliant creator behind one of the best comic strips of all time.
The Surprise Inside Church Bankruptcies
The Surprise Inside Church Bankruptcies
It’s not that they owe more than they own, says Pamela Foohey. It’s a leadership failure.
You Were Made for More Than Safety
You Were Made for More Than Safety
But Owen Strachan’s summons to risky living isn’t just another entry in the “radical” genre.
Dispatch from the Virginia Film Festival
VFF 2013—Day 3: 'The Gettysburg Story,' 'Philomena,' 'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology,' and 'A Single Shot'
Yes, a good film festival can make your head spin a little (before it explodes).
VFF 2013—Day 4: 'The Invisible Woman' and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
VFF 2013—Day 4: 'The Invisible Woman' and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
It’s probably too much to ask in a modern, tell-all culture, to be inspired by men of distinction.
VFF 2013—Day 2: 'Le Joli Mai' and 'A Touch of Sin'
VFF 2013—Day 2: 'Le Joli Mai' and 'A Touch of Sin'
Two films that ask us: Do you understand your sin?
How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan
How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan
Rule #1: Don't jump into action before you know the needs on the ground.
VFF 2013—Day 1: 'Running from Crazy' and 'Computer Chess'
VFF 2013—Day 1: 'Running from Crazy' and 'Computer Chess'
Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter Mariel explores her family's mental health legacy, and nerds pit computers against each other.
The Quick Take for November 8, 2013
The Quick Take for November 8, 2013
New Marvel and cop shows, the end of Poirot, 'Wrestling for Jesus,' and more.
Great Expectations
Great Expectations
Why watch another adaptation of a Dickens novel? Read on.
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World
Schlock B-movie sci-fi fantasy, in the best kind of way.
Free Birds
Free Birds
A movie that's both distinctly American and a bit troubling.
'I'm a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So Much'
'I'm a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So Much'
Popular blogger Sarah Bessey says the arc of Scripture reveals a liberating vision for women.
The Quick Take for November 1, 2013
Critics take on 'Last Vegas' and 'Dallas Buyers Club', Tina Fey has yet another show coming, and more.
Ender's Game
Ender's Game
The enemy's gate is down.
Q+A: Why Rowan Williams Loves C.S. Lewis
Q+A: Why Rowan Williams Loves C.S. Lewis
The former Archbishop of Canterbury says his evangelical friends were fans in the 1960s. Now he's one too.
About Time
About Time
It's about love, and it's a comedy, but it's definitely not a romantic comedy.
What Forgotten Christmas Tradition Should Churches Revive?
What Forgotten Christmas Tradition Should Churches Revive?
Rooting our celebration of Christ’s birth more deeply in our lives.