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From Jim Caviezel And Christian Bale To Will Ferrell: 7 Actors Who Have Played Jesus


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The story of Jesus has been told many different times on the big screen, with a wide variety of interpretations. But what’s more diverse is the list of actors who have found themselves playing the son of God. Sure we all remember Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ, but did you know Will Ferrell also once donned a wig and a beard to play Jesus?

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The Passion of the ChirstJim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ.

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Jim Caviezel on the set of Person of Interest

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Jim Caviezel - Photo's from the 4th day of Comic Con in New York at the Javitis Center in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 12th October 2014

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Reviews Round-Up: When The Game Stands Tall


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Out in cinemas this weekend is an inspirational sports movie entitled When The Game Stands Tall, based on the true story of an extraordinary American Football Catholic school team. Jim Caviezel plays the coach Bob Ladouceur who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to an astonishing 151-game winning streak.

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Jim Caviezel plays the lead in When The Game Stands Tall, out in cinemas now

However, when that successful sequence comes to an end, ‘Coach Lad’ must pick the players up off the floor and teach them and the disappointed town that it’s effort, not the results, that is most rewarding.

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Escape Plan Review


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You know not to expect something deep and meaningful when a movie stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and indeed this is pretty much what we expect: a slick thriller that's utterly preposterous but not quite stupid. But the premise has a certain idiotic charm to it, and there are just enough clever touches to keep our brains engaged.

Stallone plays brilliant security expert Breslin, whose job entails being thrown into maximum-security prisons so he can find the weakness in the system. Clearly unbothered by being beaten and brutalised by guards and inmates, Breslin is backed up by a support crew (Ryan and Jackson) and his business partner (D'Onofrio) back in the office. But now the CIA wants Breslin to check out its new top-secret enemy combatant lock-down. To do this, Breslin must go off the grid. And when he realises that the evil warden Hobbes (Caviezel) isn't playing ball, he teams up with brilliant scientist inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to, yes, plan an escape.

As the story develops we get the feeling that the screenwriters sat around thinking of ways they could make this prison increasingly impossible to believe. Indeed, one mid-film twist is so incredible that it actually makes us admire the writers' audacity. Arthouse director Halstrom gleefully indulges in all of this silliness, keeping the imagery sharp and cool while name-checking pretty much every cliche of both prison and heist movies. There's even a bit of political context in the way a private contractor is abusing the system to profit from the War on Terror.

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Ray Breslin is an expert in structural-security and has been able to break out of every prison he has been placed in using highly skilled and unusual methods. However, when he is asked to design an escape proof prison for the country's biggest life-sentenced felons, he finds himself betrayed when he is subsequently kidnapped and incarcerated by a masked figure in that prison with no way of getting out. It is there he befriends Swan Rottmayer; a smart but aggressive inmate who takes a shine to Ray when he explains his determination to escape. Swan agrees to help, but this time it's going to take more than just clever methods to break free and find the people who double-crossed him.

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Jim Caviezel Wednesday 16th May 2012 2012 CBS Upfronts at The Tent at Lincoln Center

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Transit Review


OK
Infused with a B-movie vibe, this fast-paced, choppily edited thriller doesn't waste any time on character complexity or plot development, just putting an innocent, albeit troubled, family in harm's way. But its increasingly preposterous narrative and hysterically over-violent action makes it something of a guilty pleasure.

Ex-con Nate (Caviezel) is trying to reconnect with his wife Robyn (Rohm) and sons (Knight and Cherry) on a camping trip in Louisiana. But their paths cross with a gang of armoured-car thieves (Frain, Perrineau, Downho and Baird), who hide their stash in the family's camping gear. Getting it back is trickier than they expect, especially after Nate has a run-in with the law in a backwoods Louisiana town, and Robyn leaves him to fend for himself. And the gang doesn't care who they kill to get their cash.

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James Caviezel Friday 30th September 2011 filming on the set of the new TV show 'Person of Interest' at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn New York City, USA

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The Stoning Of Soraya M. Review


Very Good
Despite a slightly simplistic filmmaking style, this true story retains real force in its depiction of human cruelty in the name of religion. It's not easy to watch such horrific events, but it's so important that it cries out to be seen.

In 1986, French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam (Caviezel) is driving through Iran when his car breaks down in an isolated village. Called "crazy" by the men, Zahra (Aghdashloo) corners him and recounts the brutal events of the preceding day. Defenceless in a society ruled by Sharia law, Zahra's niece Soraya (Marno) was the subject of a conspiracy led by her husband (Negahban), who wanted to marry a 14-year-old. To do this he had to gain the support of the local convict-turned-mullah (Pourtash) and the weak-willed mayor (Diaan).

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James Caviezel Monday 7th June 2010 The LA Premiere of 'The Karate Kid' held at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood Los Angeles, USA

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Pay It Forward Review


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The very idea behind Pay It Forward -- that when someone does an enormous good deed for you should pay it "forward" to three other, unsuspecting persons -- requires what is described in the film as "an extreme act of faith in the goodness of people."

It's safe to say that your enjoyment of the film is bound by this same rule. Dyed-in-the-wool film critics like myself have been down this road once or twice before, and the enormous leap of faith it takes to convince oneself that, deep down, even "bad" people are good makes me want to reach for my DVD of A Clockwork Orange.

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The Count Of Monte Cristo Review


Good

The latest big screen adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" has such a conspicuously clean Hollywood ending that, even though I've never read the book, I was suspicious and went online to bone up a little before writing this review.

Sure enough, even the central act of revenge that motivates this classic tale of obstinate, meticulous reprisal has been unduly rewritten to make for a cinematic and action-packed climax. The hero has been acquitted of his less honorable acts, the fates of characters have been drastically altered (those that haven't been dropped completely, that is), and comic relief has been shoehorned into the story so crudely you can almost see the impatient studio suit tapping his foot on the set and saying, "Can't this be funnier?"

Yet even with these gross departures, this "Count" has such a flavorful, popcorn-literature air about it that at its worst it still recalls the best of Golden Era swashbuckler flicks.

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THE FINAL CUT Review


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Good ideas are rare in Hollywood. But rarer still is the tendency to leave a good idea alone.

If a movie is smart enough to rely only on its good idea, the result is almost always a decent film, from "Speed" to "Dark City" and "Memento."

"The Final Cut" represents the opposite tendency, to tinker with something until it's dead. Here is a terrific idea: in the future, parents will have the option to purchase a "Zoe chip" that will be implanted in their unborn child. From the moment of their birth, the chip records everything as the person sees it. After their death, a "cutter" takes the hours, days, and years worth of footage and assembles it into a two-hour film that, more or less, sums up the person's life. (Fortunately for the cutters, people's memories are recorded in Cinemascope and Dolby Surround sound.)

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The Passion Of The Christ Review


Good

Beyond Jesus's inner circle of Disciples, relatives and Mary Magdalene, there's barely a single sympathetic character in the entirety of devoted director Mel Gibson's passion project "The Passion of The Christ."

Pontius Pilate, the tyrannical Roman governor on whose word the crucifixion went forward, gets a pass as a conflicted guy who was just doing his job -- killing Jesus to prevent a rebellion from a mob of frenzied Jews angry over his perceived as blasphemous preachings. Pilate's wife Claudia is a convert and therefore shown in a good light. There's a Jewish girl who tries to give Jesus water as he carries the cross on which he'll die through the streets of Jerusalem and a peasant father who has a religious epiphany by helping the now beaten bloody Jesus carry said cross.

Aside from a few people crying as Jesus is dragged past them, that's about it. Everyone else in this film seems to be a villain -- be they Roman guards who laugh maniacally (like James Bond movie henchmen) while whipping Jesus until his shredded skin looks like bloody, lumpy oatmeal, or be they Jewish hoards whipped into a frenzy by temple leaders, or be they the viciously evangelical rabbis themselves, whose spiteful rhetoric against his "heresy" sounds an awful lot like what still to this day comes from behind some pulpits and political podiums.

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Escape Plan Movie Review

Escape Plan Movie Review

You know not to expect something deep and meaningful when a movie stars Stallone and...

Escape Plan Trailer

Escape Plan Trailer

Ray Breslin is an expert in structural-security and has been able to break out of...

Transit Movie Review

Transit Movie Review

Infused with a B-movie vibe, this fast-paced, choppily edited thriller doesn't waste any time on...

The Stoning of Soraya M. Movie Review

The Stoning of Soraya M. Movie Review

Despite a slightly simplistic filmmaking style, this true story retains real force in its depiction...

Outlander Trailer

Outlander Trailer

Watch the trailer for OutlanderSet in 709 AD, Outlander is the story of a 2...

Outlander Movie Review

Outlander Movie Review

We are apparently in the midst of a minor Viking renaissance. In 2007, Marcus Nispel...

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Déjà Vu Movie Review

Déjà Vu Movie Review

The last time I could use "smart" to describe a Tony Scott movie, a bath-robed...

I Am David Movie Review

I Am David Movie Review

Despite some recognition by minor festivals and to the joy of overprotective mothers, this story...

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Movie Review

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Movie Review

The classic Monte Cristo sandwich is a rich confection -- almost inedibly so -- composed...

Frequency Movie Review

Frequency Movie Review

The time travel/time bending genre always seems worn out. The very topic lends itself...

The Final Cut (2004) Movie Review

The Final Cut (2004) Movie Review

Is it possible for a film to have too many ideas? Anything's possible, of course,...

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The Thin Red Line Movie Review

The Thin Red Line Movie Review

War is hell. I think.Terrence Malick's long-awaited and severely overhyped Line is plenty red,...

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