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Stephen Hawking's story: 'The Theory of Everything'

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Rafiella Chapman as Lucy Hawking sits on her father's lap in a scene from the new Universal Pictures movie The Theory of Everything (Credit: Universal Pictures/Working Title Films)Like finding sushi at a Mexican restaurant, the last place one might look for a movie review on a Stephen Hawking biopic is an evangelical website. Nevertheless, it is the Christmas season and one might say this is a Christmas miracle. In The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs this Golden Globe nominated film based upon Jane Hawking's book, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking. Playing on Hawking's search for a singular theory that encapsulates both the micro (quantum physics) and macro (general theory of relativity) matter of the world, Marsh's film depicts everything in Hawking's personal life as well.

Played by the brilliant Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Hawking comes alive onscreen as you watch him relentlessly pursue this theory of everything. This should come as no surprise seeing as how Redmayne left "the people singing" after his portrayal of Marius in Les Miserables two years ago.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies poster featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins kneeling with his sword Sting in hand, released on December 17, 2014 (Credit: New Line Cinema) The third installment of Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's classic book, The Hobbit, brings about the end of a cinematic era.  And I have to say I'm glad.  It's not that I did not enjoy the journey.  The Lord of the Rings films were our first journey to middle-earth and for Tolkien fans like me, they breathed new life into the epic book trilogy—in beautiful and gruesome detail.  But The Hobbit movies seemed to be just an exercise of "there and back again."  I am not entirely sure where it took me. 

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Christian Bale, in a scene from the new Twentieth Century Fox movie Exodus: Gods and Kings directed by Ridley Scott, as Moses looking over his Jewish people in Egypt (Credit: 20th Century Fox) Hollywood began its "year of the Bible" with Noah, which earned more than $100 million.  Son of God took in nearly $60 million; Heaven Is For Real made $28.8 million against a budget of $12 million.  God's Not Dead was a surprise winner at the box office, garnering $62 million against its $2 million budget.

Now we have the final biblical movie of the year with Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.  Christian Bale plays Moses, while Australian actor Joel Edgerton is the pharaoh Ramses.  One reviewer says of the movie, "though it's a good film, it could have been a great one."  He says director Ridley Scott "deserves kudos for the film's being masterfully shot" and applauds Christian Bale for giving "yet another stellar performance which is both engaging and compelling."

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    The best Christmas video ever My words will be short because the video says it all.  Be sure to watch it – and absorb the message.  I would like to think this is my Christmas card to each of my readers. The retail chain Sainsbury's[…]

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