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Take 2: Son of God

Speaking for their film “Son of God,” producers Roma Downy and Mark Burnett spoke about their desire to update the epic Biblical films of the 1950’s and 60’s to better fit with today’s audiences. With greater technological tools at their disposal, “Son of God” is sharper and crisper than the epic narratives of 50 years […]

Commentary: Faith the size of an indie filmmaker

By Kenny Dickson, Special Contributor… I recently attended the Dallas International Film Festival. This was my fifth year to attend, and again I was inspired by the filmmakers who submitted films. As with most film festivals, the festival is for lower budget, independent films as opposed to those produced by studios. What I find inspirational […]

Oscar’s Spirit – Conflicts, large and small, in this year’s race

Special contributors Kenny Dickson and Gary Keene, and associate editor Bill Fentum offer a rundown of the Best Picture (and Foreign Language Film) nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards, to be presented Feb. 24. Two or three of the movies have overt spiritual content, and all of them can spark moral and ethical discussions. […]

Film Review: On page, stage and screen – ‘Les Mis’ holds power

By Kenny Dickson, Special Contributor… Les Misérables Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements Given that Les Misérables is perhaps the most successful and popular stage musical of all time, and given the star quality of the cast, the movie adaptation was one of the most anticipated films of 2012. Adding […]

Commentary: On Bond films, baptism . . . and beginning again

By Kenny Dickson, Special Contributor… After seeing the newest James Bond film, Skyfall, I thought about the nature of rebooting. Celebrating 50 years of Bond, the newest edition continues the reboot of the series that began two films ago with the casting of Daniel Craig as Bond. Resetting a film franchise allows the producers to […]

Clothed in the spirit – Clergy stoles taking expressive forms

On Sunday mornings, the Rev. Kenny Dickson dons his robes for the early service, a traditional Methodist worship. For the mid-morning gospel service, he wears a suit and tie. And for the late service, a contemporary worship, he preaches in shirt sleeves and slacks. But at all three services, Mr. Dickson wears a stole: a […]