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September (Web-only) 2013

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave
What could any of us do, but pray for mercy?
A Good Story Needs More than Good Answers
A Good Story Needs More than Good Answers
Trevin Wax's tale of a doubting young man goes heavy on theology, but light on character development.
Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians—Really?
Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians—Really?
Why I refuse to be cynical about the current talks.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
More of a marshmallow than a cheeseburger.
The Quick Take for September 27, 2013
The Quick Take for September 27, 2013
Critics react to the new TV season, there's plenty to watch on Netflix, and Jay-Z and Will Smith are producing an "Annie" musical.
Some Christians Are Siding with Scientologists in a Key Abuse Case
Some Christians Are Siding with Scientologists in a Key Abuse Case
One issue: Does California law hurt non-Catholic churches? Another issue: The allegations are horrific.
Don Jon
Don Jon
In which porn addiction functions as just a case study for a much bigger question.
Kevin DeYoung Has a Busyness Problem
Kevin DeYoung Has a Busyness Problem, and He Needs Help
That’s why the popular pastor wrote a book about staying God-centered amid the whirl of life’s demands.
'I'm Afraid She'll Be Killed Very Soon'
'I'm Afraid She'll Be Killed Very Soon if Nothing Happens'
A conversation with the French journalist who has followed Asia Bibi’s plight in Pakistan.
Rush
Rush
It's a fairly standard, mildly entertaining sports movie that led me to spend a few minutes on Wikipedia reading about Formula One racing.
Prisoners
Prisoners
Rife with biblical allusions and ostensibly grounded in an old fashioned exploration of good vs. evil, Prisoners is more than just your standard kidnapping thriller.
'Prisoners' and 'Rush': The Good, The Bad, and The Evil
'Prisoners' and 'Rush': The Good, The Bad, and The Evil
Sinister, playful, or somewhere in between: two of this week's movies look at the consequences of evil.
The Quick Take for September 20, 2013
The Quick Take for September 20, 2013
Critics consider Ricky Gervais' new, oddly sincere Netflix show, Pixar postpones, and more.
What You Should Know About the Pope's New Interview
What You Should Know About the Pope's New Interview
Francis’s comments weren’t just about abortion and gay marriage.
Before Surprise Resignation, Regent's Campo Saw Writing on the Wall
Before Surprise Resignation, Regent's Campo Saw Writing on the Wall
Exclusive interview: Carlos Campo on running Pat Robertson's place and what comes next. (Hint: It involves immigration...)
Can Carlos Campo Bridge Anglo and Latino Christian Cultures?
Can Carlos Campo Bridge Anglo and Latino Christian Cultures?
The son of famous entertainer went from valet parker to university president in 10 years. Now that he’s no longer leading Pat Robertson’s school, you’ll be hearing more from him.
TIFF Update - Day 10: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, 1982, Faith Connections, and 12 Years a Slave
TIFF Update - Day 10: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, 1982, Faith Connections, and 12 Years a Slave
Finally: a film that just won't let go, on the last day of the festival.
The Quick Take for September 14, 2013
The Quick Take for September 14, 2013
Prequels for Breaking Bad and Harry Potter, streaming picks, and more.
TIFF Update - Day 9: The Face of Love, The Liberator, and Therese
TIFF Update - Day 9: The Face of Love, The Liberator, and Therese
Films about obsession and revolution.
TIFF Update - Day 8: The Police Officer's Wife, A Promise, Blind Detective, and A Wolf at the Door
TIFF Update - Day 8: The Police Officer's Wife, A Promise, Blind Detective, and A Wolf at the Door
The latest from the director of INTO GREAT SILENCE, a boring adultery film, a fun cop flick, and more.
Should Syria's Christians Be Our Top Priority?
Opinion Roundup: Should Syria's Christians Be Our Top Priority?
Assad's forces have killed tens of thousands and have allegedly used chemical weapons. Toppling him could wipe out the country’s Christians. Is it worth it?
TIFF Update - Day 6: Friends from France and Under the Skin
TIFF Update - Day 6: Friends from France and Under the Skin
A surprising sci-fi film and a historical drama at the festival mid-point.
The Bible Wine Tour
The Bible Wine Tour
Two highly imaginative experts explore viticulture, the Bible, and Jesus’ taste in wines.
TIFF Update - Day 5: Devil's Knot, Night Moves, and The Dark Matter of Love
TIFF Update - Day 5: Devil's Knot, Night Moves, and The Dark Matter of Love
Films from Atom Egoyan and Kelly Reichardt, and a documentary about adoption and attachment therapy.
Remembering Robert Farrar Capon
Remembering Robert Farrar Capon
The Episcopal priest and author died last week at age 88.
TIFF Update - Day 4: Watermark, Can A Song Save Your Life?, and Belle
TIFF Update - Day 4: Watermark, Can A Song Save Your Life?, and Belle
A series of triumphs.
TIFF Update - Day 3: The Past, Violette, Young & Beautiful, and The Double
TIFF Update - Day 3: The Past, Violette, Young & Beautiful, and The Double
An awkward adaptation, an unsatisfying biopic, and two triumphs.
TIFF Update - Day 2: The Last of the Unjust and Mission Congo
TIFF Update - Day 2: The Last of the Unjust and Mission Congo
Exploring the boundaries of moral and ethical responsibility - during the Holocaust, and in Pat Robertson's humanitarian operation.
The Secrets of a Giving Church
The Secrets of a Giving Church
Why one denomination’s members give way more than your church's members do.
The $65,000 RSVP
The $65,000 RSVP
Nonprofits say event registration company has disappeared, putting their groups in danger.
The Quick Take for September 6, 2013
The Quick Take for September 6, 2013
There's a new Downton Abbey trailer, a new Marvel film on the way (with a twist), and more in this week's cheat sheet.
TIFF Update - Day 1: Closed Curtain
TIFF Update - Day 1: Closed Curtain
The first update from our critic at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Riddick
Riddick
A tainted, sinister universe void of justice and morality.
Our Shaken Faith in Football
Our Shaken Faith in Football
Should Christian fans step away from such a physically devastating, violent sport?
Can NoiseTrade's Free Downloads Still Save Music?
Can NoiseTrade's Free Downloads Still Save Music?
Why Derek Webb thinks his 6-year-old music site still beats the streaming services.
Five to Anticipate This Fall
Five to Anticipate This Fall
What are our critics watching this fall?
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Where Are the Female Christian Rappers?
Where Are the Female Christian Rappers?
As more women top the charts, their Christian counterparts struggle to break through.