4 items from 2015
The massive profits earned by last spring’s surprise-hit “God’s Not Dead” have emboldened Christian production outfit Pure Flix to finance an entire slate of faith-based fare coming soon to a theater near you. First out of the gate is “Do You Believe?,” another dreary ensemble drama from “God’s Not Dead” screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon that worships with equal reverence at the altars of the Lord and of “Crash” auteur Paul Haggis. Dutifully (but never divinely) weaving together the lives of assorted saints, sinners and skeptics as they move toward the light, “Believe” is more professionally produced and acted than the indiegelical norm, but only fitfully engaging on a dramatic level and entirely hermetic on a theological one. Grassroots marketing and group sales should power this 1,200-screen release to solid opening numbers, but can it come anywhere near the $60 million domestic haul of its predecessor? God only knows. »
- Scott Foundas
In the film, a detective searches for the truth behind his partner’s death as mysterious occurrences begin to affect a local woman who claims to have witnessed a miracle.
Fortitude International is handling foreign sales at the ongoing European Film Market.
- Michelle McCue
The detectives on CBS’ Stalker will soon get help from one Mighty woman.
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Sorvino will play Vicki Gregg, a respected FBI agent who once ran the Lapd’s Threat Assessment Unit, where Maggie Q’s Beth Davis and her team currently work.
Vicki will return to help the Tau when Beth’s stalker becomes a major threat.
Though she »
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
4 items from 2015
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