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A Family's Identity Crisis
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Joshua Witchger Pariah, written and directed by Dee Rees. Focus Fe ...

Parents: Take Your Children to See 'Bully'
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Bully disturbs me because it is real life. It disturbs me because I have younger brothers the same age as some of the students in the film. It disturbs me because it’s happening in the lives of our children al ...

Justin Bieber, Other Celebs, Endorse 'Bully'
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Celebs are showing their support for the movie Bully , released Friday.   A Twitter post made the rounds all week, grabbing endorsements for the film from the likes of Justin Bieber , Diddy, Maria Shriver, Ellen DeGeneres, Ricky Martin, ...

Cries From the Bully-Pulpit
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has highlighted Christians who are standing with gays and lesbians, exposed racial bullying, discussed religious bullying, bullying of every stripe. But there’s more to say. ...

Critiques of the “Blue Like Jazz” Movie and My Thoughts
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

People have been interested in my opinions both about the book and the film Blue Like Jazz, so I thought I’d reflect on both a little bit. I should recognize up front that I can h ...

Get Your Free “Blue Like Jazz” E-Book Guide
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Christian Piatt, who recently interviewed the creators behind the upcoming film Blue Like Jazz, was asked to write a discussion guide for the movie. Download the guide here. Chri ...

The Hunger Games Movie Misses the Point
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: This review may include spoilers if you have not seen the movie or read the book. Editor’s Note: This review may include spoilers if you have not seen the movie ...

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Director: ‘The Christian Movie Establishment … is Out to Get Us’
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 8:53pm | Type: Blog

It’s no surprise that some Christians and the organizations they represent are less than enthused about the forthcoming Blue Like Jazz movie. But Steve Taylor, the film’s director, claimed today on Donald Mill ...

Film Traces Real-Life Story of Abortion ‘Survivor’
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

A new movie confronts a controversial topic by highlighting two words that don't typically go together: "abortion" and "survivor." A new movie confronts a ...

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Film Aims to be Christian, Not ‘Cheesy’
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

"We wanted to show that movies about the faith struggle that millions of Americans deal with don't have to be cheesy," said Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, which the movie is based on. ...

BONUS 'BLUE': The Lost 'Blue Like Jazz' Cyber Interview and More
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Before he caught up with them in Colorado Springs this week, Christian Piatt interviewed Blue Like Jazz's director Steve Taylor and star, Marshall Allman, via Skype while they were in Austin, Texas for th ...

COMING WEDNESDAY: 'Blue Like Jazz' - The Sojourners Interview
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 7:29am | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, our intrepid blogger/reporter/resident-God-Nerd Christian Piatt sat down with the makers of the highly-anticipated film Blue Like Jazz — Donald Miller, director Steve Taylor and Marshall Al ...

Revolution or Revival: A Response to the Tea Party- Occupy Film
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

"This is Our City" reveals the lives and thinking of two very ordinary people, their deep faith in Jesus, and how that faith is leading them to engage two of the most consequential grassroots movemen ...

Movie Review: Game Change
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

First, let me say that this is about a movie based on real people, and I’m critiquing the movie as a piece of entertainment. This is a movie review, not a political analysis. We can do that later. ...

Wanderlust: A Sojourn to Elysium
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Bring on the ice breaker questions — I have found the film about my year in intentional community. If there were a movie about your life, what would it look like? Which celebrity ...

Unresolved ... Like Jazz
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

What saves Blue Like Jazz, thankfully, is that it is a memoir with a difference. It isn’t a rose-tinted, romanticized account of some historical or celebrated figure. It is the memoir of someone who is very mu ...

10 For Home Viewing
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins A perfect time to catch up on the 10 best Blu-ray releases of the past year. STUDIOS TYPICALLY ...

Hope Three Ways
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Hugo, Take Shelter, and The Mill and the Cross have little in common on the surface other than their quality; look deeper ...

Mother Dolores Hart: God is Bigger than Elvis
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Blog

During her brief career as star of stage and screen in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dolores Hart won a Theater World Award, was nominated for a Tony Award and gave Elvis Presley his first on-screen kiss (in ...

Robert Duvall: The Sojourners Interview
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:04pm | Type: Blog

Many cinephiles have a short list of virtuoso actors who are so graceful and true we'd watch them read a phone book. For me, the list includes Jeff Bridges, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton, John Mahoney, Chris ...

Is George Lucas Revealing Hollywood’s Systemic Racism?
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Star Wars saga helped define pop culture in many ways throughout my childhood. And so George Lucas, creator of the epic films, was the cinematic god of our youth. And if anyone has juice in Hollywood to ge ...

"The Muppets": Triumphant Return of Beloved Frog or Insidious Communist Propaganda??
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that The Muppets committed a far more serious transgression — the gravest of sins — it poked fun at corporate America. That’s right, poor defenseless corporate America — in this case, the particu ...

A Few Good Men
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Clooney's new movie, The Ides of March, serves as a thoughtful and entertaining mirror for next year's president ...

Woody Allen and His Evangelical Fan Base (Yes, Really.)
Originally Posted: 11/10/2011 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

called The Kraft Music Hall. It aired on Sept. 21, 1969 and Allen's guests, in addition to Dr. ...

"Courageous": A Sermon Wrapped in a Movie
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

A blockbuster-style feature-length movie made by a church? I have to admit, as a Brit, this concept baffled me, but it also piqued my interest. A blockbuster-style feature- ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Evening Links of Awesomeness: Banned Books Edition
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! HUZZAH! IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK! If you're anything like us, you've probably been too busy to read much of anyth ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

TGIF: Links 'n' Such
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Gubbio Project, which helps churches become refuges for homeless people throughout the U.S., recently earned a new fan: Author Anne Rice. "When I was in San Francisco, I visited St. Boniface Church in ...

Life Inspired: Roger Ebert
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Roger Ebert, perhaps the preeminent film critic in the United States, recently published a 500-page memoir titled, Life Itself, that chronicles his journey from childhood to his most recent years, adjusting ( ...

Red State Wins: Take a Bow, Silent Bob
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new movie, Red State. Don't believe most of what you'll hear about Kevin Smith's new m ...

You Can Still Live
Originally Posted: 09/12/2011 - 4:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The round-up on late-summer cinema, including: Solaris, The Tree of Life, and Super 8.  It ...

The Story of Everything
Originally Posted: 09/13/2011 - 2:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick. Fox Searchlight Pictures. Terrence Malik's ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows, and Mobilizing Kids for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/13/harry-potter-the-deathly-hallows-and-mobilizing-kids-for-social-justice/" target="_self"></a>Seeking justice for the oppressed. ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

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Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

the kingdom of God unless they repent of their practice of sin (Galatians 5:21). Of course, it's not up ...

Fight or Flight
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Gareth Higgins reviews Batle: Los Angeles, Saving Private Ryan, and Chinatown. Battle: Los An ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...

How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100318-genesharp.jpg"></a>With all the <a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/02/gene-sharp-and-the-science-of-people-power/&quo ...