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Reese Finds 'Risen' Remarkable

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Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) leads his Roman soldiers during the zealot battle in Columbia Pictures’ "Risen."";

In the end of winter and early spring, says film critic Alice Reese, the quality of movies tends to suffer. In spite of that fact, Reese still recommends a trio of works worth witnessing for the weekend of February 19-21, 2016.

First is Columbia Pictures' "Risen," a period tale which follows a Roman soldier (played by Joseph Fiennes) searching for the missing body of Jesus, a Nazarene who'd been recently killed and entombed. Reese considers this a biblical piece well-produced by a major motion picture company, with acting and cinematography well worth the price of admission for believers and non-believers alike. 

Reese also recommends an official selection from the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival called, "Touched with Fire." Paul Dalio directs Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby in this film about the challenges and the triumphs of coping with bipolar disorder.

Also, in art house theatres, is "Theeb," which "means 'wolf' in the Saudi Arabian language they use in the film, but there's so little dialog that you hardly need subtitles," according to Reese. She considers this indie worth seeking out this weekend.

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