November (Web-only) 2006
The Fountain, Dé jé Vu, Bobby, Bond and more ...;
The Fountain bewilders and Dé jé Vu puzzles. Plus, Christian film critics respond to Casino Royale, Happy Feet, Bobby, Fast Food Nation, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Deck the Halls, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Let's Go to Prison, and more views on Deliver Us from Evil, The Departed, The Last King of Scotland, Stranger than Fiction, The Queen, Babel, and One Night with the King.
Will Ferrell Profound? Inspiring? Yup.
Christian film critics are moved and inspired by Stranger Than Fiction, but not so pleased with A Good Year. Plus, The Return, Harsh Times, the debut of "The Movie Gourmet," and more reviews of Babel.
Borat, Babel Bothersome; Flushed Fun
Christian critics are upset over Borat, mixed about Babel, but having fun with Flushed Away. Also, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The Great Warming, and further perspectives on Little Children, Marie Antoinette, The Prestige, and Flags of Our Fathers.
When Grownups Act Like Little Children
Little Children is getting great reviews, but is it showing anywhere? Plus, Catch a Fire, Conversations with God, Saw III, Running with Scissors, and more reviews of Flags of Our Fathers and Marie Antoinette.
Mary Goes to the Movies
How the mother of Jesus has been portrayed through a century of filmmaking.
Kramer's Sins—and Ours
What society and the church can learn from comedian Michael Richards's racial tirade.
The Nativity Story
The real achievement of 'The Nativity Story' is its portrayal of Joseph.
Stepping Out of the Wings
The real achievement of The Nativity Story is its portrayal of Joseph.
'The Human Part of the Story'
Catherine Hardwicke has always loved the Christmas story, but never really considered the human side of those famous icons surrounding the manger—till she was asked to direct The Nativity Story.
Plus: Bush preaches on religious freedom in Vietnam, Norway debates church-state split, the latest on the Ted Haggard fallout, and other stories from online sources around the world.
How Do You Play 'Righteous'?
Scripture doesn't say much about Joseph, except that he was "righteous." Oscar Isaac, who plays that role in The Nativity Story, had to figure out what that might have looked like in everyday life.
Bart Campolo's Karamazov God
"If those things are true, then God might as well send me to hell."
'It's the Sanctity of Life'
That's how director Darren Aronofsky describes the central theme of his new film The Fountain, the story of a young married couple and their struggles as the wife is dying of cancer.
Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay
Plus: ABC pulls Assemblies of God ad, Talking Jesus toys return to tots, and a few other non-gay stories from online sources around the world.
More than Saving Souls
Simon Chan on the ontology of the church, salvation, and liturgy.
'Poll Tax' in Haggard Replacement Vote; Sheldon Says, 'I Knew'
Plus: Religious vote shifted even if evangelicals didn't, Congress lets bankrupt tithe, world's largest church picks an American, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Director Richard Dutcher used to embrace the label "Mormon filmmaker," but no longer. He says most Mormon movies aren't much good, and besides, his films are too edgy for the LDS community.
Mormon Rebel (part 2)
Filmmaker Richard Dutcher on the state of Mormon cinema, his desire to be true to his vision, and that "Christian movie" incident at a San Diego theater. Continued from previous page ...
Did Evangelicals Change Votes or Not? Papers Don't Agree
Plus: Wal-Mart brings back Christmas, the new faces of atheism, killers of Christians on trial, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Jesus Camp Shuts Down, But Fischer Says Her 'Indoctrination' Will Continue
Other Christian camp leaders say her camp and documentary about it don't represent mainstream Christian camping.
Supreme Court Weighs Partial-Birth Abortion
One key question in the case is whether it is ever necessary.
Evangelical Democrats claim credit, leading conservatives find plenty to blame.
Good News for Democrats, Good News for Evangelicals
And Good News for the world.
Religious moderates propelled the Democrats to victory.
Alejandro Iñ árritu, director of Babel, says his films are about families—parents and children, of course, but also the global family … and the consequences of trying to live without God.
National Association of Evangelicals Sifts Through Ashes of Haggard Scandal
Leaders are distancing group from its former president.
A feast of off-the-beaten-path films with a spiritual flavor.
Blinded by Bush?
David Kuo defends 'Tempting Faith' and responds to allegations of naivete.
'I Am Guilty of Sexual Immorality ... a Deceiver and a Liar,' Haggard Confesses
Also: Leith Anderson again named NAE interim president
NAE Board Chairman Shocked by Haggard Resignation
Roy Taylor says NAE hopes to name interim president next week.
The Non-Haggard News
The latest on evangelicals and the election—in Nicaragua. And also in the U.S. Plus other stories from online sources around the world.
Jeffery Sheler on Evangelical Politics
The author of 'Believers' discusses evangelical spokesmen, identity, and power.
Haggard Resigns as NAE President
Pastor also steps aside at New Life Church after allegations by male prostitute.
Last-Minute Efforts to Win Evangelical Voters
Plus: Mikey Weinstein's Air Force Academy suit dismissed, and other stories from online sources around the world.
Gay Marriage Issue May Rally Dispirited Evangelical Voters
Activist leaders say Republican Party has done little for "values voters."
Looking for Something
The films of Krzyzstof Kieslowski are haunted by spiritual imagery, and yet the Polish director never really found grace—or got past "the God of the Old Testament... who ruthlessly demands obedience."