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Saturday, December 02, 2006

MOVIE REVIEW: "The Nativity Story"

If you've ever gazed at Christmas cards featuring artworks of the great masters and wished those images would magically come to life, "The Nativity Story" is your kind of movie. Delivering a dignified account of the very first Christmas, "The Nativity Story" is earnest, reverent and indisputably well-meaning. .

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NEW! Josh Duhamel Hints at Transformers Movie Scene

Another Interview with Josh Duhamel has popped up on the net. While still promoting his new film Turistas, TV Guide caught up with the actor. In the interview Duhamel also reveals a little bit about his character and his part in the Transformers Movie, when they meet a character he refers to as 'Vortex'. "He's the captain of the special-ops team when we first encounter Vortex, who incinerates their base. The six of us get out alive and try to get communication back to the U.S. to tell them what's going on. We then try to figure out how to beat these things". "Everything was shot, like, out in the desert or in downtown L.A. I don't know how they did it, but I was expecting a lot more green screen than we did". .

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The congregation is pretty much divided equally over the artistic worth of The Nativity Story, although the critics appear to be less judgmental over it than they were over Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Actually neither side gets worked up one way or the other about it. A.O. Scott in the New York Times writes with little apparent enthusiasm: "Rather than trying to reinterpret or modernize a well-known, cherished story, the filmmakers have rendered it with a quiet, unassuming professionalism.." Gene Seymour in Newsday seems to indicate that the producers of the film fashioned it to avoid the controversy that descended on Passion. "The intent seems to be to release a movie about the Nativity that can be shown in living rooms and church schools for at least the next decade. If that's really all that was wanted or needed from The Nativity Story, the result could have been a lot worse.

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