Prize-winning film released on DVD

Prize-winning film released on DVD

The Club won the 2015 Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival this year and will be released on DVD on Monday.   Critically acclaimed Director Pablo Larraín is best known for Tony Manero (2008), Post-mortem (2010), and Oscar-nominated No (2012) starring Gael García Bernal which was released to great critical […]

Can John Carney do it Twice?

Can John Carney do it Twice?

Sing Street (cert. 12A) is a new musical, set in 1980s Dublin, by Irish writer-director John Carney. His gentle story Once (2007), of an Irish busker meeting a Czech immigrant, also a musician, was my favourite film of that year, and its marvellous ballad “Falling Slowly” won the Oscar for best song for Glen Hansard […]

Britain, the EU and the Common Good

Britain, the EU and the Common Good

Jonathan Chaplin   What would it mean to frame the debate about UK membership of the EU in the language of the primacy of the common good, rather than the primacy of ‘British national interests’? My reflections on this question are informed by insights from Christian political thought but I acknowledge that other Christians draw […]

Understanding St Paul

Understanding St Paul

Paul, the Apostle’s Life, Letters and Thought EP Sanders SCM, pb, £40   The Paul Debate NT Wright SPCK, pb, £16.99   As Christians prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation it is ironical that Luther’s interpretation of St Paul’s understanding of Justification by Faith is rejected by a […]

A question of balance in the EU referendum

A question of balance in the EU referendum

David Cameron had an interesting take this week when he suggested that Treasury forecasts made the ‘moral case’ for staying in the European Union. He said at press conference to launch Treasury predictions of economic Armageddon: “The moral case for keeping parents in work, firms in business, the pound in health, Britain in credit, the […]

Gender politics in Turkey

Gender politics in Turkey

In Mustang (Turkish, English subtitles, cert. 15), five orphaned sisters live with their uncle Erol (Ayberk Pekcan) and grandmother (Nihal G Koldas) in northern Turkey. A relatively innocent after-school romp in the sea (fully dressed) with some boys from school leads to increasingly strict conditions on their movements and dress, and one by one they’re […]

Reflective books

Reflective books

Frances Young is one of Britain’s leading theologians. In Construing the Cross (SPCK) she looks at the rich imagery and different ways in which the cross of Christ was discussed before ‘atonement theories’ narrowed the categories. She begins with Passover typology then moves to sacrificial imagery with the concept of the scapegoat and then to […]

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