New film release trailers

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David Kiern writes, “I directed a Christian adventure documentary titled Journey to Everest that is premiering worldwide in churches on July 11. It is free for any church to show the movie, plus they can use the film as a fundraising tool and raise money for their church or missions trips.” Watch trailer

Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be released in December at long last. It is said to stick much more closely to the book than did Prince Caspian. Watch trailer.

And if you like French cinema or Studio Ghibli, there’s a treat in store – The Illusionist, a new animation by Sylvain Chomet. Hand-drawn, it’s getting excellent reviews. (Don’t confuse with the 2006 movie of the same name.) Nag your local cinema to show it! Watch trailer below or on YouTube:

Further extracts are available in longer trailer containing interview with Chomet, and the (French language) official site (the film is available in both English and French).

The film will surely contain embedded spiritual parallels – because almost all stories do – thereby giving us yet another starting point in popular culture. The plot (judging from the advance reviews), seems to have echoes of Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico, a sensitive and evocative author who could convincingly create French and Italian settings as well as those in England and Scotland. Some of his titles are still in print, all are widely available second-hand. Full of spiritual parallels too. Treat yourself. Or family and friends – then borrow them back! Sad that it’s many years since his stories made it to either big or small screen – in this medium he is only remembered for The Poseidon Adventure, which was doubtless specifically written as a Hollywood disaster blockbuster, and is very different to his smaller whimsical personal plots. It would be good to see some of his books on screen. C’mon Walden Media and BBC Drama, or animation studios! You can do it.

If you watch Everest or Illusionist, please add your own review using the comment link below.

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