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A Pleasant Surprise: ‘The Case for Christ’ Stands out Among Christian Films

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(2017—Director: Jon Gunn) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) Preachy, typically fideistic stories with unrestrained acting and incompetent filmmaking are often the norms in Christian films. As such, they easily become the fodder of mainstream and high-brow filmgoers, discouraging Christians worldwide. Fortunately, this is mostly not the case with The Case for Christ, a biographical drama about its real-life protagonist—today a Christian …

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With Great Power: ‘Daredevil’ Season One Review

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–By Carly Twehous– “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father,” Matt Murdock intones in the dark confessional. “I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do.” Such a statement carries a profound desire to do what is right, coupled with a bleak acknowledgement of a world that perverts even the most noble intentions. Matt Murdock is a blind …

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Freedom Lies Beyond the Zoo: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review

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(2017—Director: Niki Caro) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) The Holocaust film is an example of a subgenre whose towering signature work arguably set an insurmountable bar for future similar works. Say “Holocaust film” and nine out of ten people will immediately think of the 1993 Best Picture-Oscar winning drama Schindler’s List, which many would argue no later Holocaust film has matched. …

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Ever Just the Same, Barely a Surprise: ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Review

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(2017- Director: Bill Condon) ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) Reviewing films like this remake of Disney’s 1991 animated classic tends to frustrate me as a film critic who desires for films to stand as apart as possible while also cementing a unique footprint within all of cinema. That’s a tough outlook, especially since the success of 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and …

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How to Succeed as a Writer in Hollywood: Advice from WGA Executive

In Featured, Industry News and Interviews, Media and Culture, Posts by John LaCrosse

The following article is part of a reflection from the “Hollywood Mentor Series.” Through the Hollywood Mentor Series students in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program get the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of top executives and professionals in all sectors of the film industry in Los Angeles. MBA graduate Tyler Carlos shares the lessons he learned …

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‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman’s Send-Off as Wolverine

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(2017- Director: James Mangold) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Many have credited 2000’s X-Men for spearheading the second generation of comic book cinema that has largely taken over the entertainment industry today. Moviegoers acquainted themselves with other comic book properties arriving on the big screen while also making successful the eight succeeding X-Men installments. Then, when stars Hugh Jackman …

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Power of Story Essay Contest Winner: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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John Paul the Great Catholic University believes in the power of story to impact us in profound ways. The “Power of Story Essay Contest” asks prospective students (juniors or seniors in high school) to write an essay reflecting on a story they have experienced (novel, short story, play, video game, or film) that was particularly effective in drawing its audience …

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Movie Review: Christian Themes in “The Shack”

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–By Renard Bansale– (Diretor: Stuart Hazeldine, 2017) In 2007, William P. Young’s novel The Shack surprised readers throughout America, becoming a New York Times bestseller, so Hollywood producers quickly sought to adapt it for the big screen. I approached this film with some apprehension due to its overt Christian nature, since most of the heavy Christian films that I’ve seen …

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Connected to Humanity: Olivia Nelson’s Hollywood Story

In Alumni Profiles, Featured, Industry News and Interviews by John LaCrosse

— By Hannah Dorss– Olivia Nelson graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University with a Communications Media degree in 2015. After working in Hollywood for a year, she is now living and working in Georgia, where she is currently co-writing a children’s film. Olivia Nelson loves working in the film industry not because it’s a glamorous lifestyle, but because …