New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
Scowly Roman Governor Pontius Pilate just wants to oversee Jerusalem without any fuss from the Jewish rabble. Politic High Priest Caiaphas just wants to host the Passover crowds without anyone sparking a riot/crackdown. And handsome Messiah Jesus? He just wants to change the world, one miracle at a time. (The miracle is very much the message; the story wanders from one wonderwork to another for an hour and a quarter; then it hits the Passion and picks up a little structure and drama.) There are hints of interest here: the Last Disciple, exiled on an island after all his fellows have been killed. A Pharisee who can't stand Jesus' loosey-goosey preaching but can't help following him around. Pride of place for Mary Magdalene, the first witness to the Resurrection. But they're all buried under blunted, affirming re-writes of Scripture, the Savior's blinding white smile, and a barrage of British accents. 2014.