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Exodus Gods and Kings review: 'A film that stirs and never settles'

23 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Ridley Scott; Screenwriter: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zallian; Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Ben Kingsley; Running time: 150 mins; Certificate: 12A

How do you tell a Bible story to an audience who don't go to church anymore? That's the almost insurmountable problem facing director Ridley Scott who, along with Christian Bale, endeavours to make Moses a credible prophet as opposed to the raving loon he'd be labelled as today. That said, in a world still being torn apart by religious conflict, the film does have a resonance beyond the grand visual sweep that Scott can always be relied upon to deliver.

Bale is a safe pair of hands, too, easily able to balance fiery obsession with cool focus, qualities that mark out a leader of men. But Moses is nagged by doubts, too – something that rarely bothered Charlton Heston on the »

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If You Didn't Like Exodus: Gods and Kings, Give Kingstone's Moses and Exodus Comic Books a Try

19 December 2014 10:44 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Moviegoers are underwhelmed by Ridley Scott’s epic attempt at retooling C.C. DeMille’s classic The Ten Commandments and injecting more action into the second book of the Holy Bible. Critics share their opinions that the celebrated director of such films as Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator comes up short when trying to adapt the inspirational story from its source material for Exodus: Gods and Kings. If anything, the movie should inspire folks to do a little research on their own.

Kingstone Media has made it easy for comic fans to dig deeper into the story of the Deliverer of Israel from Egypt. Two mini-graphic novels, as I call them, are available which explore different times and event in the life of Moses. Written by Pastor, missionary, evangelist and book author Michael Pearl, Exodus and Moses both condense the tales into 28 to 29 page full-color books which might take some creative license here and there, »

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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

17 December 2014 6:57 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »

- Matt Patches

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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

17 December 2014 2:36 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

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Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

14 December 2014 7:02 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings is unequivocally a technically savvy remake of the classic film The Ten Commandments (1956). The Ten Commandments was, for its day, pretty amazing in and of itself. Exodus: Gods and Kings is certainly not completely Biblically accurate, but what it lacks in authenticity it makes up for with an entertaining account of the Book of Exodus. Those that may have a problem with it not being true to the Old Testament account might do well to consider that this can be a means for opening up a dialog with those curious to learn about the God of the Bible.

Kudos goes to Christian Bale for playing the part of Moses. There were many scenes in which I felt Bale was an exact replica of Charlton Heston’s Moses. In addition, Joel Edgerton as Ramses was also very believable. Not quite of the same caliber as, my favorite, »

- Betsy Russo

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Critical Mass: Will reviews plague 'Exodus'?

12 December 2014 2:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

"Ridley Scott's eye-candy spectacle  an over-the-top Old Testament epic that's essentially Gladiator with God," writes EW's Chris Nashawaty. That might serve as both critique and the best advertisement that 20th Century Fox could possibly fathom for Exodus: Gods and Kings. Christian Bale stars as Moses, the Egyptian hero who discovers that his charmed life has been a lie, and that his true destiny is freeing the long-suffering Jewish slaves, who suffer under the heel and whip. Joel Edgerton is Ramses, the narcissistic pharaoh whose heart hardens with every horrible plague that engulfs Egypt, and a slew of famous actors »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Exodus: Gods And Kings Review

12 December 2014 2:21 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »


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The burden of history weighs heavily on Christian Bale’s Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings. Its director, Ridley Scott, can no doubt sympathize. He’s adapting a story that’s literally scripture, but cinematic gospel is stacked against him as well. With DeMille having told what is, to many, the definitive Bible story in The Ten Commandments, and Scott himself having largely perfected the 21st century sword and sandal epic with Gladiator, what novelty can Gods and Kings really bring to the table? The answer is typically modern of Scott and other blockbuster filmmakers: more and more spectacle, less and less clarity of vision.

“Israelite means “one who fights with God,”” Moses is told early on by Ben Mendelsohn’s snivelling viceroy, the sort of character Peter Ustinov would have devoured back during a time when »

- Sam Woolf

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Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

12 December 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic The Ten Commandments is in no danger of being dethroned by this week's Ridley Scott-directed movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. This film has so many problems, I don't know where to start throwing the blame. Let's call this one (scripted by the brilliant team behind Tower Heist) the worst story that should never be told.

Perhaps we should start with the whitewashing of its cast. Christian Bale picks up Charlton Heston's sword as Moses, the slave prince. The central conflict is set up between him and Joel Edgerton's Rameses as a prophecy hints the adopted Moses might one day take his place as leader. Joining them are Sigourney Weaver who has no more than two lines as Rameses' mother and John Turturro as the wise old Pharoah Seti. I respect and admire Turturro's acting, but still have to suppress a chuckle that »

- Mike Saulters

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Exodus: Gods And Kings—Movie Review

11 December 2014 9:02 PM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

It isn’t easy tackling a famous Biblical story and competing with the memory of an enduring movie like Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. All things considered, I think director Ridley Scott and his colleagues have done a creditable job. (Remember, he took on DeMille’s The Crusades with his formidably ambitious Kingdom of Heaven.) Exodus: Gods and Kings has many flaws but also real virtues, chief among them Christian Bale’s deeply-felt performance as Moses. The production values and locations add a great deal. But how you respond to the film overall will depend on your willingness to accept new, challenging, and in some cases nutty ideas. The screenplay (credited to...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Exodus: Gods And Kings – The Review

11 December 2014 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt is a powerful and iconic story that people of multiple faiths have come to know and embrace. There’s a burning bush, ten devastating plagues, a parting of the sea, and a triumphant journey towards freedom. For a story filled with so much, Ridley Scott offers it so little. Exodus: Gods And Kings is never boring thanks in large part to a strong visual design, but never does it grab hold of your mind or heart as much as your eyes.

Moses (Christian Bale) is a natural leader as evident when the film begins. He rides into battle alongside Ramses (Joel Edgerton), the son of the Pharaoh (John Turturro) who adopted Moses as a son long ago. But it is upon the Pharaoh’s death that Moses has to see Ramses now claim the throne and rule Egypt, whom he does with an oppressive hand. »

- Michael Haffner

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Forecast: 'Exodus' to Reign Supreme at the Box Office This Weekend

11 December 2014 4:35 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The Christmas movie season kicks off this weekend with Exodus: Gods and Kings, which will easily take first place away from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.Meanwhile, Chris Rock's Top Five opens at 979 theaters and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice debuts at five locations in New York and Los Angeles.Playing at 3,503 theaters this weekend, Exodus: Gods and Kings is director Ridley Scott's big-budget retelling of the story of Exodus, which plays a significant role in most major religions (Moses is a prophet in Christianity, Judaism and Islam). The story has also been previously told on the big screen a handful of times: the most notable version is Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, which was initially released in 1956 and starred Charleton Heston and Yul Brenner.Scott's version features Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses; Bale has built up a solid following over the past decade, »

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ needs more divine inspiration

11 December 2014 4:15 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine & Steven Zaillian

Directed by Ridley Scott

UK/USA/Spain, 2014


Perhaps the End Times are finally upon us.  How else to explain a year that began with Russell Crowe playing Noah and ends with Christian Bale as Moses?  Whereas Darren Aronofsky’s Noah reached giddily crazy heights, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings never transcends its plodding, inevitable story arc.  Not only does it lack the visual imagination we’ve come to expect from Scott, a potentially-interesting “tale of two brothers” spin is completely wasted by a lazy script.  This is about as by-the-numbers as epics get.

You have to admire Christian Bale’s refusal to even attempt a showy accent.  His cocksure attitude as Moses is so inappropriate that all you can do is shake your head in bemused wonder.  Had the entire film been as defiant as its leading man, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Exclusive Interview: Christian Bale, Ridley Scott, Joel Edgerton talk Exodus

11 December 2014 3:38 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

The story of Moses is one well known for generations, and one told many times before (most famously by Cecil B. DeMille - twice - in The Ten Commandments). But it's never been told on so large a scale as in Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott's $140 million (and maybe more) epic starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as his adoptive brother, and eventual enemy, Ramses. The film is grandiose and already controversial, the latter thanks to its mostly white cast of »

- Eric Walkuski

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The Craziest Things About Recreating The Red Sea Parting, According To The Exodus Cast

11 December 2014 12:42 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

More than 50 years ago, Charlton Heston and the great Cecil B. DeMille staged Moses. parting of the Red Sea as the centerpiece of the epic The Ten Commandments. Decades later, and with a bevy of different technical tools at his disposal, Sir Ridley Scott attempts to replicate the Biblical miracle for Exodus: Gods and Kings. But when I sat down across from the men who helped Scott stage this massive endeavor, I wanted to know what they recalled about those days of filming, and how they.ll remember the effort five years from now. I think you.ll enjoy the answers provided by Aaron Paul, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton. The thing about the Red Sea sequence is that it competes with several eye-popping visual events in the rest of the movie. Sir Ridley Scott embraces his epic blockbuster side when bringing the size and scope of the story of »

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Biblical Epic

11 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. With all the emphasis on the trees and the lights and the shiny, shiny gifts, it's easy to forget about the holiday's deeply religious roots, about the birth of Christ and the three wise men and all of that. And there's at least one movie out this season that tries to at least carry the spiritual flavor of the holiday forward -- Fox's "Exodus: Gods and Kings," an epic, hugely expensive re-telling of the story of Moses (this time played by former Batman Christian Bale) leading the Jews out of Egypt, and far away from the cruel pharaoh (Joel Edgerton).

This is a story that has been told countless times before, most notably in the cinematic incarnations of "The Ten Commandments" (starring Charlton Heston) and "Prince of Egypt" (the DreamWorks animated disappointment). So the question remains -- why now? »

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Composers Scale Up Scores for Epic Projects

10 December 2014 11:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in the days of “Ben-Hur” and “The Ten Commandments,” a widescreen epic was expected to be accompanied by a lavish symphonic score and, just as often, a heavenly choir.

Is that still true for today’s epics, with all the trappings from extensive CGI and 3D to 7.1 Dolby Atmos Surround sound?

Yes, for the most part, say the composers of historical, religious and fantasy films including “Noah,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” along with the author of a new book on the subject.

“Big, massed orchestral sounds, alternating with very nuanced, soloistic use of strings and winds. That’s what comes into my ear when I think of the epic style,” says Stephen C. Meyer, author of “Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films,” which examines the music of such classics as “Quo Vadis,” “The Robe” and “Ben-Hur.”

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- Jon Burlingame

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Exodus: Gods and Kings | Review

9 December 2014 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods

Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses fable with Exodus: Gods and Kings, an epic reveling in its white-washed glamour casting, a detail which ends as a faux pas eclipsed by the rather banal treatment on hand. Those unfamiliar with this particular bit of mythology may be a bit confused with Scott’s attempt at subtle rendering, eschewing grandiose melodrama for an angle that (at least tries) to favor a bit of soul searching for Moses, the key to his success hinging upon the identity crisis brought about by being raised as an elitist royal before he’s promptly banished when the taint of Hebrew heritage is revealed. Too solemn in its mighty grandeur, Scott’s treatment seems already mummified, an update that has even less cinematic magic than »

- Nicholas Bell

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Christian Bale, Ridley Scott and Joel Edgerton Discuss ‘Exodus: God And Kings’

2 December 2014 2:37 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director Ridley Scott and his two lead actors, Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale, were in Paris this week to discuss how they went about making Exodus: Gods And Kings and just what goes into adapting the story of Moses for the big screen.

Though many directors might feel too much pressure to make a film of this scope, Scott remained calm and unaffected. ‘At this point in my career,‘ he began, ‘it wasn’t daunting at all, otherwise I wouldn’t have tried it.‘ He added: ‘I take great care . . . I treated the entire story with the greatest respect . . . It’s a very tricky tiptoe through the tulips deciding what you’re going to do without actually impeding what I want to do. It’s a tricky sort of dance.‘ So what sort of influence do these people actually have over his film-making? None at all, it seems. ‘I have »

- Amanda Keats

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Film Review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

29 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“It’s not even that good a story,” Moses grumbles early on in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” shortly after learning of the mysterious events that transformed a lowly Hebrew slave into a full-blown prince of Egypt. It’s a sly, knowing wink from a filmmaker who clearly has a terrific tale on his hands, yet faces a bit of a challenge in selling it to a more cynical, less easily razzle-dazzled audience than those that greeted the biblical epics of yesteryear. What’s remarkable about Scott’s genuinely imposing Old Testament psychodrama is the degree to which he succeeds in conjuring a mighty and momentous spectacle — one that, for sheer astonishment, rivals any of the lavish visions of ancient times the director has given us — while turning his own skepticism into a potent source of moral and dramatic conflict.

If this estimable account of how God delivered »

- Justin Chang

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings': Film Review

29 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

2014 marks the resurgence of the Old Testament at the movies. After Darren Aronofsky turned to Genesis to unleash Noah, Ridley Scott moves forward to the Book of Exodus to revisit the story of Moses. Exodus: Gods and Kings is this century’s answer to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, but it already looks to be more controversial than that pious 1956 opus. Spectacularly filmed and intermittently well acted, though not quite as much campy fun as the DeMille version, the picture looks likely to attract a substantial audience even if some religious leaders voice protests. Scott did a great

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