‘Christ’ movie ads fuel to anti-Semetic fire

Mona Charen It grieves me to object to Mel Gibson’s movie because I know millions of Christians in this country and around the world will be moved and possibly even transformed by it — and that is a welcome thing. As a Jew, I can unhesitatingly declare the world would be a better place if […]

Movie ignites ‘Passion’ in Clovis

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” Some responses: “While I haven’t had the opportunity to view this epic yet, I think the question on everyone’s mind as a result of the movie is ‘Who killed Jesus?’ “If you type this phrase into the […]

No debating that Jesus is controversial

Letters to the Editor I cannot remember a film more controversial than “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand what is happening through this film. This film is not truly […]

It takes passion to gamble on a make-or-break film

By Tom DiFrancesca III The death of passion, or so it appears; mediocrity seems to be overtaking society. Now, when someone does something with passion that is intended for the positive, he’s criticized, insulted, and slandered. It seems like most folks these days aren’t passionate about anything — not even their work, and that used […]

Passions stirred over ‘Christ’ movie

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Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” opened Wednesday in Clovis for a sellout crowd. Many churches are purchasing tickets for their parishioners to watch the movie as a group. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around […]

‘The Passion of the Christ’ heads to Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to a group of anonymous donors, Mel Gibson’s new film, “The Passion of the Christ,” will be coming to Clovis on the film’s Feb. 25 opening day, which is Ash Wednesday on the church calendar. According to the movie’s promotional material, the film is a graphic presentation of the last […]

Film fuels fear of reprisal

By Darrell Todd Maurina While local evangelical Christians have enthusiastically supported bringing Mel Gibson’s film on the death of Christ to Clovis, the film has ignited controversy nationally as some Jewish organizations objected to the film’s graphic images. Much of the Jewish criticism has focused on the history of “passion plays” — a genre of […]

Big Fish movie is catch of the year

By Stacy Allen Show: Big Fish Stars: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Danny Devito Summary: Big Fish is the story of a man’s life that intertwines fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and entertains you until the very end. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00   Big Fish is the catch of the […]

Clovis girl, D.J. Babbitt, stars in movie at Santa Fe Film Fest.

By Jack King “Bollocky Simper” — the title means “a pure, nostalgic smile,” according to its author — is a traditional girl-meets-boy story. It’s even filmed in black and white with dialogue cards like an old silent movie romance. Except that all the “boy” and “girl” parts are played by two young women. And there […]

Oct. 23 video reviews

Scott Jones A look at videos available for rental in the Clovis area. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – PG 13 Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, Bernie Mac, Luke Wilson In this second installment we find the Angels on a case that will prove more challenging than they first thought. The Charles Townsend […]