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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, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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"Exodus: Gods and Kings" - 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

17 December 2014 4:25 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.Ca, Sneak Peek 'the good, the bad and the ugly' in director Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings":

Michael Stevens For 'The Good'

"No spoilers intended, but most of us already know how this story unfolds, with director Ridley Scott delivering action adventure along the lines of 'Gladiator', with epic 3D sequences involving horses, chariots and thousands of ancient warriors.

"The recreation of ancient Egypt through the efforts of hundreds of digital artists is visually impressive throughout the entire film, depicting David Lean-like arid deserts, the Egyptian city of 'Memphis', a series of horrific plagues, tidal waves and cosmic weather anomalies.

"Lemming-like criticism leveled at the film for using 'white' actors in main roles is unfounded, as actor Christian Bale delivers the goods (speaking English not Egyptian) in his depiction of 'Moses' aka 'Moishe', evolving »

- Michael Stevens

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Three new clips from Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner

15 December 2014 11:27 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Three new clips from Russell Crowe’s upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner have arrived online, and we’ve got them for you below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Water Diviner

Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum Of Solace), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, »

- Gary Collinson

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Box Office Democracy: “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

15 December 2014 4:35 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings is a throwback to another era of filmmaking, a time when Hollywood was obsessed with sweeping epics and the infamous “cast of thousands” drawing people to the theater to see the sheer spectacle of it all. While there’s certainly no shortage of spectacle at the multiplexes these days Exodus feels less like a loving throwback and more like a lumbering dinosaur, it’s feels like a movie from a different era for sure but I would much prefer it felt like something I’d never seen than something that bored my in middle school. It wastes a talented cast and some stunning visuals but just ultimately feels pointless.

The problems in Exodus all come back to problems with the protagonist. Moses does not resemble the character I remember from Sunday school; he’s a brilliant general and a peerless swordsman to name two new characteristics. »

- Arthur Tebbel

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'Unbroken' (2014) Movie Review

15 December 2014 11:25 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't know what director Angelina Jolie thinks her movie Unbroken is, but the last thing it seems to be is the story of Louis Zamperini, the Olympian and war hero whose life story was told in Laura Hillenbrand's New York Times-bestselling book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption". Major milestones in Zamperini's early life are turned into cheap catchphrases such as "If you can take it, you can make it" while his 47 days at sea after his plane went down and his time in Japanese Pow camps are either cheaply rendered as if they were shot in a Beverly Hills pool, or so focused on Zamperini's suffering that nothing more than Jolie's determination to show said suffering comes across, rather than tell the story of the man (and his fellow captors) that survived the trials they faced. How Hillenbrand's book was turned into this travesty is unfathomable. »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review – Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

13 December 2014 2:27 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings, 2014.

Directed by Ridley Scott.

Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver.

Synopsis:

The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

When revered director Quentin Tarantino takes to interviews and discusses that filmmaking is a young man’s game and that so many auteurs overstay their welcome, one can’t help but feel that Ridley Scott is a perfect representation. Coming off of a roll of commonly agreed-upon terrible movies (The Counselor, Prometheus) Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings seems to be an attempt at re-creating something in the vein of Gladiator; his sprawling lengthy epic that won the award for Best Picture.

Let’s just get it out of the way, Exodus: Gods and Kings is another misfire, »

- Robert Kojder

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Critical Mass: Will reviews plague 'Exodus'?

12 December 2014 2:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - 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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New Exodus,Gods And Kings Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

12 December 2014 1:46 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

20th Century Fox released their new action/Bible film, "Exodus: Gods And Kings," into theaters this weekend and all the reviews are in from the top critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed about how they felt about it, giving it an overall 52 score out of a possible 100 across 35 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: John Turturro, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, and Aaron Paul. We've included blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a perfect 100 score, saying: "As a fictional, big-budget, 3-D, epic interpretation of Moses’ journey, Exodus: Gods and Kings is spectacular." Justin Chang at Variety, gave it a 90 score, stating: "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, »

- Andre Braddox

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Mohamed Bensouda Developing Project on Moroccan cinema

12 December 2014 11:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Books and docu projects exploring national cinemas are increasingly popular: Exhibits A: Martin Scorsese’s documentaries about American and Italian cinema.

French helmer Bertrand Tavernier is also currently developing a documentary project entitled “Journey Into the Heart of French Cinema,” which focuses on the period from the late 1930s until the early 1970s.

Moroccan helmer Mohamed Ahed Bensouda, who directed the country’s biggest hit in 2014, “Behind Closed Doors,” about sexual harassment, is currently developing a book about the history of Moroccan cinema, which he also admits to expanding into a documentary.

Paris-based Bensouda has extensive experience as an a.d. on international shoots in Morocco, including Tornatore’s “Malena,” starring Monica Bellucci; Claude Lelouch’s “And Now… Ladies and Gentlemen,” with Jeremy Irons; and Roger Young’s TV series “The Bible.” He worked as a casting director on Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.”

Conducting extensive research into Moroccan films, he »

- Martin Dale

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‘Exodus’, ‘Top Five’ Kickstart Weekend With Thursday Shows — Update

12 December 2014 8:19 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, 8:19Am: Fox is reporting a solid first night for Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus: Gods and Kings with $1.2M from 2,500 theaters. Current three-day estimate is in the mid $20Ms, however, the hope is that this film can at least bow in the same vicinity as Scott’s Gladiator, a film which made sword and sandal epics popular again with a new generation. That film bowed to $34.8M and legged out to $187.7M during the summer of 2000.  Thursday night previews aren’t necessarily an accurate predictor of opening weekend box office: Sony’s Fury posted $1.2M on its way to a $23.7M opening weekend while Fox’s Gone Girl made $1.25M, posting a $37.1M three-day. 

Previous, 7:41Am: Chris Rock’s Top Five started off the weekend box office with an estimated $191,324 in evening shows at some 800 theaters last night, Paramount reports. The pic, written, produced by and starring Rock, »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Review: A Fragile Balancing Act

12 December 2014 3:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When the entire span of Ridley Scott's career is finally written about, it's tough to say where a film like "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will stand. On the one hand, it's a big, brash, big-budget retelling of an ancient Biblical tale, a story of such big proportions that no less a titan than Cecil B. DeMille made two distinct versions of the Hebrews-out-of-Egypt story. On the other hand, it's a film that doesn't lend itself to hyperbolic enthusiasm, the way Scott's "Alien," "Blade Runner" or "Thelma and Louise" did.

I'm no fan of "Gladiator," but it's fair to say that it provided a template for Ridley's later work -- mixing high drama, big action sequences and a visual flair that owed as much to early Hollywood extravaganzas as it did to latter-day adventure films. It may be because I watched it only the week before, but the film that »

- Jason Gorber

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Blu-Ray Review

12 December 2014 2:07 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray Review

Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters with surprising force, based on the fact that it is a comic-book film based on characters virtually no one knows, and the Blu-Ray is here to repeat the frenzy. Part space opera, part comic adventure, the film is an unusual hybrid of elements, made all the more interesting by way of characters who aren’t going to be explained, and are themselves rather fantastic.

Catch our podcast review of Guardians of the Galaxy here.

The film introduces us, in rather spectacular fashion, to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who fancies himself Star Lord, galactic superthief, or something. Having been abducted from Earth as a child, though again, this is a film with little interest in backstory, Peter was raised by the criminals who captured him, and he now finds himself outfitted with some really snazzy tech.

This time, rummaging through a forgotten world, »

- Marc Eastman

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Review: Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, & More

11 December 2014 2:03 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ridley Scott is a filmmaker who, at his very best, is able to convey genuine human stories even when dealing with the largest possible canvases. "Blade Runner" is an existential tale of personal identity housed within a misty post-apocalyptic noir, "Alien" is less about the acid-bleeding monster than the working class heroes that fall victim to it, and "Gladiator" follows a single man's journey from the brink of desperation back to, if not a place of hope, then at least one of acceptance (it just so happens to be set in blood-soaked ancient Rome). So it would make sense that Scott would sign up for something like "Exodus: Gods and Kings," a massively budgeted retelling of Moses' trek out of Egypt. If anybody could telescope these events into something manageably relatable, it's Scott. The problem is that the director doesn't seem all that interested in telling a human drama, »

- Drew Taylor

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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? »

- Drew Taylor

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Featurette, Clips and TV Spots

10 December 2014 11:19 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With just two days left until Exodus: Gods and Kings hits theaters nationwide, 20th Century Fox has released a new featurette, two clips and six TV spots. The featurette includes new footage and features several scholars known as "Egyptologists" discussing the history behind this epic Biblical adventure. The first clip showcases one of the deadly plagues, as a massive swarm of locusts are unleashed, while the second scenes features Ramses (Joel Edgerton) leading the way as a number of his pursuers meet a grisly fate.

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton »

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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.”

Clint Mansell, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Ridley Scott and Christian Bale on the Trials and Tribulations of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' (Video)

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

The thought of speaking, face-to-face, with either Christian Bale or director Ridley Scott is intimidating enough. Both of them are downright legendary. Scott for his unparalleled laundry list of genuinely classic movies (everything from "Alien" and "Blade Runner" to "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down") and Bale for a string of intense performances in everything from "American Psycho" to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy (he seems to have a pretty intense off-screen presence too). But talking to both of them, together, well, it was enough to make me nearly atomize into a nearly-invisible mist.

Bale stars in Scott's new biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" as Moses, who leads the Jews out of Egypt and away from the evil pharaoh (played here by hunky Australian actor Joel Edgerton, in eye make-up and bronzer). It's yet another classic Bale performance: obsessive, exacting, and, of course, intense. And it's a performance brought »

- Drew Taylor

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Everything Wrong With Noah In One 13 Minute Diatribe

9 December 2014 7:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Noah divided audiences and critics alike upon its release. While some saw Darren Aronofsky.s biblical epic as an intimate, art-house blockbuster, others simply believed that it was a convoluted nonsense. CinemaSins are here to help the naysayers with a 13-minute video that explains everything that.s wrong with Noah. You can check out their issues below. According to CinemaSins, Noah ultimately committed 131 offenses. But what were its biggest flaws? Well, there was actually quite a lot to pick from, so you better strap in. First of all, Russell Crowe.s Noah was so adept at doing battle with Tubal-Cain.s men that he managed to eclipse the fighting skills of both Jason Bourne and Gladiator.s Maximus. This is despite the fact that he is supposed to have been lifted straight from the bible. But there.s more. Plenty more. In fact, Noah should have really come to an »

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Here Is Everything Wrong With Noah In One 13 Minute Diatribe

9 December 2014 7:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Noah divided audiences and critics alike upon its release. While some saw Darren Aronofsky.s biblical epic as an intimate, art-house blockbuster, others simply believed that it was a convoluted nonsense. CinemaSins are here to help the naysayers with a 13-minute video that explains everything that.s wrong with Noah. You can check out their issues below. According to CinemaSins, Noah ultimately committed 131 offenses. But what were its biggest flaws? Well, there was actually quite a lot to pick from, so you better strap in. First of all, Russell Crowe.s Noah was so adept at doing battle with Tubal-Cain.s men that he managed to eclipse the fighting skills of both Jason Bourne and Gladiator.s Maximus. This is despite the fact that he is supposed to have been lifted straight from the bible. But there.s more. Plenty more. In fact, Noah should have really come to an »

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