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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

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    Monday, June 25, 2007

    Opening Reviews for Evan Almighty

    Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to review Evan Almighty until nearer the 3rd August (when it comes out in the UK, I believe). A couple of Christian periodicals over here have started to crank up their hype machines in preparation for the film's release. However, perhaps significantly, Rich Cline's excellent film column for Idea magazine doesn't happen to mention it.

    I won't quote all the leading reviewers on this film as I figure most people know how to visit Rotten Tomatoes to find out exactly why the tomatometer is right down at 20%. And in case you're wondering what the Christian Press has to say about a movie squarely aimed at them then you need go no further than Jeffrey Overstreet's Film Forum (at his Looking Closer blog) where the various reviewers quoted seem slightly happier with the film than their secular colleagues.

    Finally, for those wanting to read more about the film, Christianity Today, who give the film 3.5 stars out of a possible 4, have interviews with director Tom Shadyac, and the cast as well as Peter Chattaway's piece on A.r.k. Almighty - a tie in with the film promoting acts of random kindness.

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