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Eden’s Other Tree

There's really nothing else like it, at least in a very long time, if ever. The audaciousness, even presumption, is already there quite plainly in the title. After all, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life leaps and stretches, always gorgeously,…
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Vile Things

No vile thing? Well, that pretty much kills off anything that's not animated, though we're not terribly sure about the soundness of Buzz Lightyear or Shrek or, for that matter, even St. WALL-E. One's interpretation of the biblical tone here…
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Rachel’s Children

The baby Jesus is no sooner breathing than he has to go on the lam, hounded by rankest evil, his parents stealthing the child out of Bethlehem under the cover of darkness. No sooner does the least flicker of light…
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For Mary’s Sake

There are no earthquakes, no glowing angels (Matthew), no big stone doors magically rolled away (Mark), or dazzling heavenly pronouncements (Luke). And certainly no five-piece rock bands to make sure the resurrection is hip enough. John's account differs starkly from…