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The Ultimate War Montage: God v Satan

14 March 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A video of faith-shaking proportions.

Nothing like the most epic battle of all-time (and even beyond that) to start the day.

Since the dawn of man, depending on what you believe, there has been a war waging between God above and Satan down below for the ultimate of spoils and the most divine of creations: the very soul of humanity. It’s a battle waged in dark alleys and brightly-lit sanctuaries, in high rises and slums, in barrooms and boardrooms and bedrooms and ballrooms, a battle that has outlasted every other war combined and multiplied infinitely, and one that, if ever truly won by either side, would alter the entire fabric of life, the universe, and everything. Again, depending on what you believe.

Either way, though, you better believe it’s a skirmish that makes for great moviemaking. Over the last century both God and the Devil have been portrayed onscreen innumerable times by innumerable types like »

- H. Perry Horton

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‘The Shack’: Film Review

2 March 2017 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With The Shack, a numbingly earnest Easter-season offering, Octavia Spencer joins the ranks of performers who have played God. Hers is a Supreme Being with none of the winking, kvetching or bossiness we’ve seen in versions rendered by Morgan Freeman, George Burns, Ralph Richardson and Alanis Morissette, to name a few. The warm, maternal “Papa” portrayed by Spencer is all loving magnanimity — the movie is, like the publishing-phenomenon novel on which it’s based, essentially a theodicy, or defense of God’s goodness. 

And given that William Paul Young’s book has sold many millions of copies, Lionsgate can expect »

- Sheri Linden

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‘My Happy Family’ (‘Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi’): Film Review | Sundance 2017

23 January 2017 4:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The famous George Burns quote that “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city” is literally put into practice by the heroine of Georgian directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ perceptive and endearing second feature, about a 52-year-old mother who changes her life by moving out of the house. It’s a simple, somewhat mundane scenario that, in the hands of a terrific cast and two talented filmmakers, is transformed into a minor Greek comic-tragedy, with one fearless woman trying to stave off loved ones who smother her with guilt and affection.

Premiering in Sundance’s World Dramatic »

- Jordan Mintzer

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The Biggest Reveals in Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s New HBO Documentary

7 January 2017 6:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the highly anticipated documentary about the relationship between the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, debuted on HBO Saturday.

Billed as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity,” the 95-minute film documented nearly a year of the Hollywood icon’s lives, — leading up to Reynolds 2015 acceptance of her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which Fisher presented.

It was an emotional project to watch, especially after the recent deaths of both women. Fisher, 60, died on Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack during an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles four days prior. »

- Dave Quinn

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'Bright Lights': 6 Emotional Moments From Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Documentary

7 January 2017 5:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are gone -- Fisher died at the age of 60 on Dec. 28 and her mother one day later, at 84 -- but there is no chance either will ever be forgotten. The first marker of their lasting legacy is the HBO documentary, Bright Lights, which mixes old family movies and clips of their most famous films, alongside a quirky, glitzy Grey Gardens-esque look at their unique mother-daughter love story.

Watch: 'Bright Lights' Director Says Carrie Fisher Was Caring for 'Ill' Debbie Reynolds During Filming of Documentary


The doc premieres tonight on HBO and, especially in light of both women's passing, proves equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Here are six of Bright Lights' most emotional moments:

1. "I'm going to stay onstage until I drop dead." The documentary's earliest scenes take place in the duo's shared compound as Debbie prepares to head off to one of her shows. A worried »

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