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The Power of Super Hero Stories

In this bonus clip from our Faculty Insights Interview, filmmaker Nathan Scoggins discusses the role that stories play in bringing good news to audiences, specifically super-hero movies. To watch the entire Faculty Insights Interview with Professor Nathan Scoggins click here. If you like super hero movies, click here to read our review of the new superhero movie Logan.

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The Challenges of Parenthood: ‘Gifted’ Review

(2017—Director: Marc Webb) ★★★ (out of 5 stars)   Parenthood is difficult, especially on where a parent should steer their young children, given the talents they have begun to show. Do parents raise their children in a conventional way or do they throttle them towards the first talent they recognize or one that runs in the family? Is the correct …

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Bringing Others to Christ Through Friendship

In this clip from the West Coast Biblical Studies Conference, Dr. John Kincaid, Professor of Theology and Scripture at JPCatholic, speaks about the role of friendship in evangelization. To listen to all the talks from the conference, click here.

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A Monster House…in Space! – ‘Life’ Review

(2017—Director: Daniel Espinosa) ★★★ (out of 5 stars) With the Alien franchise delivering a new installment in a few months and just a few years removed from the emotional and visual roller-coaster that was 2013’s Gravity, I felt positive about this new ensemble sci-fi thriller directed by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44). It boasts an international ensemble cast, …

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MYTH: BUSTED! – Review of Matt Fradd’s ‘Porn Myth’

— By Carly Twehous — If you’ve ever ventured into the strange, pocket-universe of a Catholic university campus, you’ve heard the stats. If you’re here for an extended stay, I’d bet that you’ve heard the speakers and the personal accounts. I can almost guarantee, that at some point, you’ve seen one of your classmates on his skateboard, wearing the patented, …

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Navigating a Career in the Animated Film Industry: Advice from a Dreamworks Executive

(Pictured: Dreamworks’ recently released animated film, The Boss Baby.) 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. …

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Why Impact Anything?

— By Professor Christopher Riley — When I was a small Kansas boy, I devised a swift and simple method of improving my world.  While my younger brother slept on the lower half of our shared trundle bed, I slid him under my upper half of the bed, trapping him like a snake inside a drawer.  My world – my …

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James Covell: Being a Light in Hollywood

— By Hannah Dorss — James Covell, a music composer who has been working in the film industry for more than thirty years, treats his work as an opportunity to impact culture for Christ. He helps directors tell their stories by creating the musical scores for numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. James sees his work as providing a subconscious …

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

(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 …