The recently released Noah, starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, has received generally good reviews, although it has been a source of controversy with both Christian and Muslim groups. Conservative Christians were upset that it didn’t adhere to Scripture but were somewhat mollified when a note was added to the marketing materials explaining that the movie used “artistic license” to tell its story. Muslims objected to the portrayal of a holy figure and the movie has been banned in a number of Islamic countries.
There will be a number of additional movies with religious themes released in 2014 and 2015 and it is yet to be determined if these movies will meet with good or bad reviews.
Heaven Is for Real
The popular book, Heaven Is for Real, has been made into a movie opening April 16. It tells the story of Colton Burpo who claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience when he was 3 years old.
Left Behind is set to open October 3 and is based on the popular Christian fiction book series about the Rapture and the end times. Starring Nicholas Cage, the film makers hope this remake of the 2001 version will be more successful than the original.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
December 12 is the release date for the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Stars of the film include Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, and Sigourney Weaver.
Mary will be released in 2015 and focuses on the story of the mother of Jesus when she was 13, 15, 19, and 27 years old. It is being called the Biblical prequel to the story of The Passion of the Christ, as its writer, Benedict Fitzgerald, co-wrote The Passion of the Christ with Mel Gibson.