The ‘Exodus’ Controversy: Misplaced Moral Outrage

Director Ridley Scott’s new biblical epic—Exodus: Gods and Kings—opens nationwide this week and there is quite a hullabaloo preceding its release. Unlike Darren Aronofsky’s Noah earlier this year, this controversy is less about biblical authenticity and more about the color of the skin of the leading actors in Exodus. From Before it even hits … Continued

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A Christian Movie That’s Actually Good

The Christian film industry is something to contend with. Critics may ravage films such as Fireproof, October Baby, and Soul Surfer, but they’ve been modest hits, and most importantly, quite profitable. All the major studios have created marketing departments to go after faith-based audiences. But while most of these films aren’t as bad as secular … Continued

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The Trouble with ‘Apes’

“If I had to sit through one more emotionally charged scene between talking monkeys, I was going to punch someone.” – Whitney Moeller Some may say that the best sequel to a re-boot (that has already been re-booted once before) is the newly released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but just think about what … Continued

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Please Don’t Remake ‘Ben-Hur’

As a vocal proponent of free enterprise and the competitive marketplace of products, services, and ideas, I’m often asked why I spend so much time critiquing pop-culture. The rationale appears to be that if you support the open exchange of art, education and commerce, you must not have an opinion on the options available to … Continued

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‘Heaven Is For Real’ is a Disappointment

With all due respect, I disagree with my colleague, R.J. Moeller, who recently encouraged the Acculturated readership to go see the movie, Heaven is For Real, if at all possible. The film fell woefully short in value of the time and money my mother and I spent to see it in the theater last weekend. … Continued

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Go See ‘Heaven Is For Real’ This Easter

Few will argue the claim that the bar for “faith-based” films has been set woefully low in recent years. So much so that even non-Christian, non-religious Americans have heard about (and likely snickered at) projects such as Fireproof and the Left Behind series. Then there was the recent hullabaloo surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Christian commentators … Continued

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Good vs. Bad Faith-Based Films

A few weeks back I offered up my review of the Jesus biopic Son of God. A condensed version of my thoughts – nothing terribly wrong with it, but nothing I’d pay to go see if I didn’t feel obligated as an evangelical to try to support the creation of films that espouse values I … Continued

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Is Heaven For Real?

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern. – William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Recently I wrote for Acculturated about how Christian and Jewish movie audiences … Continued

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