Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman

Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) is a Midwestern preacher whose young son Colton (Connor Corum) experiences visions of Jesus on a multicolored pony in the allegedly based-on-a-true-story Heaven Is for Real.


MovieStyle: Investigating 'Heaven'

Heaven is For Real is a pretty declarative title, and people might be forgiven for wondering if Hollywood — in an effort to be all things to all people — mightn't introduce some ambivalence into the movie version of Nebraska minister Todd Burpo's heartland bestseller.

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Draft Day

Draft Day is not about playing football. It’s about who plays football. And where.

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Draft Day about people, not football

“If you want to make a good sports movie you’ve got to cut down on the sports, you’ve got to make it about people.” — Kevin Costner That’s what Draft Day is about: people whose lives are centered on sports, not about the sport itself.

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Tim’s Vermeer

Perhaps what modern audiences value most in the paintings of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is the uncanny “objectivity” with which the artist was able to record a world minutely out of phase with our expectation — he almost imperceptibly skews toward beauty. Vermeer shows us a world that very nearly exists, the soft-focus world of the dazzled.

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Rumsfeld unleashes ‘snowflake’ memos

“It starts for me with the interviews, but here it started with the interviews and the ‘snowflakes,’” says Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris.

50 to 1 filmmakers in town

The 50 to 1 “bus tour,” consisting of cast members and the producer of the film about a Kentucky Derby-winning racehorse, will be at the Regal Breckenridge Stadium 12, 1200 Breckenridge Drive in Little Rock, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today.

The Raid 2

While it may be reasonable to ask what our enjoyment of viciously violent movies says about us (and whether we might be harming our souls by watching them), it’s hard to imagine anyone being left unimpressed by the sheer ingenuity of Welsh director Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the inevitable sequel to his similarly beautiful, similarly savage but far lower budget 2011 film The Raid: Redemption.

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Captain America sequel soars

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the superhero sequel to the 2011 movie, generated an estimated $95 million in its weekend debut for Walt Disney Co., a record for an April release.

Film clips

At area theaters 86 BAD WORDS, R Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut and plays a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole in the rules to hijack a national spelling bee. (89 minutes)


(opening dates are tentative) Heaven Is for Real, PG A small-town father (Greg Kinnear) must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.


New this week Draft Day 88 PG-13 The general manager of an NFL team (Kevin Costner) must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection — while negotiating a trade for the No. 1 pick.


DEAR READERS: We can do a lot with our smartphones these days — access the Internet, social media, email, bank accounts, etc. But there is a lot of personal information stored on your phone — banking, credit cards, etc. — that can make losing your phone really scary, as well as a possible identity theft threat.


Happy birthday. You’ll know which sacrifices are necessary. The next seven weeks see you accomplishing a fitness- or image-related goal, and someone notices in May.


DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I have a friend who doesn’t bother with God or church most of the year, but as Easter approaches she suddenly gets religious — goes to church, observes Lent and so forth. Do you think she’s a real Christian, or is it all fake? — V.G.

Super Quiz: New Zealand

1. What is the largest city? 2. What is the name of the native people? 3. Name the two main islands. 4. What nickname is used internationally for people from New Zealand? 5. What is a kiwi?