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Sarah Was Not Forgotten. Expelled Was Expelled.

Spiritual Take on the Movies

Something For Everyone

April 18, 2008
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Wow! What a weekend for movie openings! Something for everyone. Conservative Christians can see Expelled. Thrill seekers can watch 88 minutes. Kung Fu enthusiasts have The Forbidden Kingdom. And those who need to laugh have Forgetting Sarah. All these films have important spiritual connections. So enjoy the weekend!

EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED
It opened in 1,052 theaters to very dismal reviews. Nearly all major reviewers gave this film a thumbs down. You might say that Expelled was expelled! Here are some examples:

Roger Moore @ Orlando Sentinel: “A cynical attempt to sucker Christian conservatives into thinking they’re losing the ‘intelligent design’ debate because of academic ‘prejudice.'”

Sean Means @ Salt Lake Tribune: “Either the filmmakers suckered these [pro-Darwinist] participants under false pretenses, or the evolutionists are more open to debate than Stein suggests.”

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION:
Nearly everyone believes there is something more behind creation of the universe than just mere chance. Is it any surprise that most evolutionists believe in God? The big question is not evolution, but rather what are we doing to connect with both the creation and the creator?
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88 MINUTES
Al Pacino stars as Dr. Jack Gramm, a college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. Gramm receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live.

This shockingly inept psychological thriller opened in 2,798 theaters and to amazingly bad reviews. However, Moira MacDonald at the Seattle Times did find something positive, “The only enjoyable elements to this film are Pacino’s impressively hardworking hair (no matter how bad Jack Gramm’s day gets, his exuberant hair looks fabulous).”

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION:
All of our days are numbered! The question is no really about when will we die. Rather, it is when will we begin to live? What are you doing with the time you have?
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FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
It’s a comic look at one guy’s arduous quest to grow up and get over the heartbreak of being dumped. Critics love this mix of romantic and raunchy comedy with 85% favorable rating. It comes from the same producers of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Perhaps these highly successful producers should have done the failed Expelled movie.

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION:
Obsessions should never be allowed to possess us. But they do and we rally in them. Obsessions are the gods we serve with all the torments of hell. Most of us worship at the feet of self destruction.
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FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
Great fight scenes, but too much filler. Really this is a celebration of a genre, not the best of the genre. And how can you miss with Jackie Chan and Jet Li together for the first time? Opening in 3,151 theaters it should do well.

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION:
The theme of this film is true! There is the journey of faith into the unknown! Have fun watching this film as you consider your own journey of faith.


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David is the web master of HJ, a television producer, public speaker, activist, writer and an ordained minister. With a production background at NBC and in radio, David's abiding interests in Jesus and the cinema led him to create Hollywood Jesus in response to a challenge from Billy Graham. David is a graduate of Chicago's North Park University Seminary (M.Div),

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