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Because in this franchise-saturated age, even the New Testament apparently requires a prequel — aside, of course, from the Old Testament — “The Young Messiah” envisages a year in the life of Christ circa age 7. Based on Anne Rice’s 2005 novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” and claiming inspiration from Scripture, this pious drama is a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety. Its hollow tale is merely a series of inert incidents in which the childhood deity (Adam Greaves-Neal) heals, resurrects, and provides revelation on his way from Alexandria to Nazareth (and later Jerusalem) alongside his parents Mary (Sara Lazzaro) and Joseph (Vincent Walsh), all while being pursued by a would-be Roman assassin. A borderline-diabolical test of one’s patience, this sluggish saga will likely stir the spirits of only the staunchest Sunday-school set.
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- Nick Schager
God knows who’ll enjoy this dull, cheap-looking and laughably scripted account of what might have happened in Jesus’s childhood
Now I understand why Jesus’s childhood remains such a mystery: the story is unbelievably boring.
At least that’s if you believe The Young Messiah, Cyrus Nowrasteh’s dreary adaptation of Anne Rice’s ultimate origin story, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. The film opens with a statement that not much is known about the years in which Joseph and Mary of Nazareth fled Roman soldiers who, at the urging of Herod the Great, were killing Jewish children to prevent a prophesied messiah. Now, for the first time, we’re going to see what might have taken place during those years. That is, if you can stay awake.
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- Jordan Hoffman
“Zootopia” will tower over the competition for the second straight weekend, as the Disney animated hit looks to add $40 million to its grosses.
That will push the story of a plucky rabbit who becomes a cop past the $100 million mark, easily securing first place on the domestic box office chart. Critics have loved the film, and audiences seem to agree, handing it an A CinemaScore rating, which indicates it will show some endurance.
It’s been a real case of feast or famine this year. Over the first two months of the year ticket sales have been up nearly 10% over 2015 thanks to success stories such as “Zootopia” and “Deadpool.” While those films prove that blockbusters don’t have to debut in just the summer or holiday season, there’s a clear case of income disparity. The flops have piled up at a rapid pace — among the Doa are “Zoolander 2, »
- Brent Lang
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