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​Film Review: ‘The Song’

27 September 2014 8:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A well-crooned country tune can invest even the hoariest cliches with honest feeling, and in much the same fashion, “The Song” takes a familiar tale of love, marriage, betrayal and redemption, and delivers a largely satisfying rendition. One of the better Christian-themed independent productions to come along in a year that has seen the genre plummet to hitherto-uncharted levels of idiocy (“God’s Not Dead,” “Persecuted”), this moralistic yet lushly romantic melodrama — about a rising singer-songwriter struggling to hold onto his marriage in the face of worldly temptations — boasts enough in the way of persuasive acting and stirring music to play like an emotionally involving love story rather than a rote pro-monogamy lecture. With word-of-mouth support, a marketable soundtrack and a “Duck Dynasty” endorsement, it should make solid commercial inroads with targeted churchgoers.

Richard Ramsey’s feature writing-directing debut is somewhat misleadingly billed as “the sexiest faith-based movie” ever, which »

- Justin Chang

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More

25 September 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is »

- Brian Brooks

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First Look at Dropped, with Anna Marie Dobbins and Danny Vinson

1 January 2014 4:21 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first/exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and plot synopsis from "Dropped," an independent film starring Anna Marie Dobbins (Footloose), Danny Vinson (Talladega Nights), Erin Underwood ("The Shield"), and Jesse Malinowski (American Reunion). Check everything out below. Plot: Nothing's more important to Emily (Dobbins) than to graduate from high school and head off to college. But everything changes during a night out with friends when Emily is attacked and raped. Forced to deal with the attack on her own, things become more difficult when she learns she's pregnant. With her future now on hold, she must figure out how to take care of her new child, as well as deal with being a rape victim. But the biggest challenge will come in court, where she will fight to keep her daughter. Photos: (click to enlarge) »

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