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Does Saved! Condemn Christian High Schools?
News comes in on the most spiritual film of all time, the Best of 2003, and The Passion of the Christ. A pregnant teen is persecuted by gay-hating evangelical Christians in Saved! Religious press critics review The Big Bounce and The Perfect Score, and You Got Served, examine new DVD releases, consider nudity in Calendar Girls, argue over The Butterfly Effect, and highlight themes in Oscar-nominated films.
The Movie Director Who Made Me a Priest
In a fascinating and sometimes off-the-wall interview, David O. Russell, director of I ♥ Huckabees, challenged my thinking—but not my faith—and gave me a clerical collar.
Moviemaking with a Purpose
Comics are no laughing matter for Fantastic Four producer Ralph Winter, who will soon helm X-Men 3. Neither is his Christian faith.
'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.
Nudity, Murder, and Euthanasia ... Welcome to 2004
While critics post 2003 favorites, and 2004's film calendar lurches into view, religious press critics consider Monster, Calendar Girls, The Barbarian Invasions.
Shrek 2 = Twice the Laughter, Troy Gets By on Achilles' Appeal
Christian critics are enchanted by Shrek 2, disenchanted by Troy and Breakin' All the Rules, and not entirely enthusiastic about Coffee and Cigarettes.
Harry Potter's Best Yet? Or His Worst?
Christian film critics debate the pros and cons of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Plus, more reviews of Saved! and Super Size Me.
A Formula Thriller, a Lousy Sequel, a Remake, and a Revision
Christian film critics review Cellular, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Criminal, and THX 1138: The Director's Cut, What the #$*! Do We Know? Plus: Mean Creek, Paparazzi, Vanity Fair and The Cookout.
A Mother Tries to Prove that Her Son Exists
Critics mull over The Forgotten, Shaun of the Dead, First Daughter, and the 10th anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption. Plus: More reviews of Sky Captain, Silver City, Mean Creek, and the new Star Wars DVD package.
First-Rate Million Dollar Baby Reaches Controversial Conclusion
Religious press critics disagree with mainstream critics' on Million Dollar Baby's unethical "message," but not its superb artistry. Plus, Christian critics review The Sea Inside,and White Noise, and offer further reviews of Meet the Fockers, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Aviator, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Beyond the Sea, and Ocean's Twelve.
Critics Assaulted by Precinct 13
Critics survive Assault on Precinct 13 and Are We There Yet? Plus: More reviews of Million Dollar Baby, Hotel Rwanda, Coach Carter, Kinsey, and House of Flying Daggers.
Prejudice Drives Conflict in Kingdom of Heaven and Crash
Kingdom of Heaven has religious critics fuming about unfairly anti-Christian portrayals. Crash explores racial prejudice. House of Wax is a sticky mess. Plus: Reviews of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Is Revenge of the Sith "a Masterpiece" or "Inexcusably Bad"?
Christian critics disagree in many ways over Star Wars, Episode Three. Plus, another prequel: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Polly Want a Bad Review?
Christian press film critics look at Along Came Polly, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Teacher's Pet, Torque, Fog of War, and The Passion of the Christ, and catch up with many other recent releases like House of Sand and Fog. Plus: A crowd of critics offer nominations for the best films of 2003.
Is The Passion of the Christ Good Because It's Accurate? Is It Accurate?
Christian press critics raise questions about The Passion of the Christ, while a popular mainstream critic defends the Catholic Church. Reviewers also examine Miracle, Barbershop 2, Catch That Kid, The Dreamers, You Got Served, and Lost in Translation.
Darkness and Light
The cast and filmmakers of Constantine consider the movie's meaning—for audiences, and for themselves.
Fear Not the Compass
Many Christians are concerned about the upcoming release of The Golden Compass
Christian Family Group Gives Up Nine-Year Disney Boycott
American Family Association ends Disney boycott. Light sabers are dangerous. Farewell to "Tony the Tiger" and the "Grinch" singer. And more.
Films with Class
Two thrilling movies about classrooms, students and teachers, guaranteed to stir your soul.
Underdog Dodgeball Defeats Spielberg's Terminal
The Terminal—;artful flop; Dodgeball—;ludicrous hit; Around the World in 80 Days—;ludicrous flop.

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Introducing: Surprised by Grief
Introducing: Surprised by Grief
On our new podcast, Daniel Harrell and Clarissa Moll discuss how sudden loss shapes the grief experience and influences the spiritual lives of those left behind.

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