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Ben Hur

I Loved Ben-Hur

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.20.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I avoided it on the big screen for two reasons: I was a huge fan of the Charlton Heston version and I'd read enough reviews panning it to believe it w...

The MovieFilm Podcast: Summer Movies in Review, From The Jungle Book to Ben-Hur!

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.09.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Continuing an annual post-Labor Day tradition at the MovieFilm show, me and Brian reunite after a brief hiatus to look back at the summer's crop of re...

Ben-Hur - Spectacular, Action-Packed Version, Best Suited for Older Teens and Adults

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 08.24.2016 | Teen

This epic story follows Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After y...

'Ben-Hur' Bombs At The Box Office Leaving 'Suicide Squad' On Top

Reuters | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 08.21.2016 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES ( - “Ben-Hur” derailed spectacularly at the multiplexes this weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing e...

Movie Review: Ben Hur... Endure For The Chariot Race, But You Knew That!

Carole Mallory | Posted 08.18.2016 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Yes. Ben Hur's famed chariot race is worth the wait and what a wait it is. Slow plodding Ben Hur directed by Timu Bekmambetov misses on many counts, but the chariot race is spectacular.

The MovieFilm Podcast: Moving into '10 Cloverfield Lane'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.19.2017 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In this week's MovieFilm Podcast, we discuss a whole host of new and upcoming releases, including Zootopia, London Has Fallen, and the upcoming film f...

The Death of Scalia as Biblical Morality Tale from a 1950s Movie

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.28.2017 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

When I was a kid, growing up in the 1950s, I loved the religious spectaculars one could see at the movie theaters--films like The Ten Commandments and...

Jerusalem: Tales of Abraham, the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Wandering around the narrow, labyrinthine lanes of Jerusalem's Old City, past wall-to-wall shops selling everything from exquisite rugs to knock-off watches to world-class tchotchkes, it's easy to imagine what this spot must have looked like thousands of years ago.

The MovieFilm Podcast: Ben Affleck is Batman!

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.25.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Ben Affleck is Batman! Sean was missing for the biggest news out of Hollywood this week, but Brian and I still had plenty to say about the latest acto...

Classic Film Getting Remake?

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

MGM is reportedly set to remake a classic. According to, the studio has plans to develop its 1959 classic, "Ben-Hur." Starring the late C...

Why Was Jesus Crucified?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

A moment's reflection will tell you that the standard Sunday school answer to the question "Why was Jesus crucified?" would have made little sense to those directly involved in the event itself.

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Oscars

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Maggie Van Ostrand

Theater owners were banned from selling snacks during the run of Ben Hur, 1959 Best Picture. The movie was deemed to be too much of an artistic event to be denigrated by popcorn and candy.