The Case for Christ

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Dir: Jon Gunn. With: L Scott Cald­well, Erika Chris­tensen, Faye Du­n­away. 113 mins. Cert: PG

From the faith-based stu­dio that brought you God’s Not Dead – and launched a stream­ing ser­vice for Chris­tians pre­sum­ably re­luc­tant to Net­flix and chill – comes this preachily earnest drama adapted from a best­selling book by Lee Stro­bel (played by Mike Vo­gel). Set in 1980, Stro­bel is a card-car­ry­ing athe­ist work­ing as an in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter in Chicago when his wife finds God. Turn­ing to the tools of his trade, Stro­bel sets out to prove that JC is up there with the tooth fairy – in­ter­view­ing his­to­ri­ans, arche­ol­o­gists and doc­tors. In­stead, he’s rat­tled by the ex­perts and ex­pe­ri­ences a cri­sis of athe­ism (as por­trayed here, he’s no Richard Dawkins). For a Chris­tian film, this is de­cently acted, but with the sen­ti­men­tal­ity cranked up, it drags on for what feels like eter­nity. CC

be­low Land This fe­male as­sas­sin film puts the body count in triple fig­ures be­fore the open­ing cred­its

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