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Christian Bale plays Moses in the new film adaptation of the Exodus story. Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

WATCH LIST: December 2014

By Observer Staff

Exodus: Gods and Kings
DIRECTED BY RIDLEY SCOTT, STARRING CHRISTIAN BALE, JOEL EDGERTON AND BEN KINGSLEY (Chernin Entertainment)


An Old Testament classic returns to the big screen in Gladiator director Ridley Scott’s epic new take on the Exodus story. Rising up against the pharaoh Ramses, Moses (Christian Bale) leads half a million slaves in a dramatic escape from Egypt as hordes of frogs and swarms of locusts rain down in vivid 3-D. Dec. 12

The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament
BY KENNETH E. BAILEY
(InterVarsity Press)


For centuries, Christians have taken comfort in the words, “The Lord is my shepherd.” Tracing the image through the Bible, Kenneth E. Bailey weaves insights on Middle Eastern culture and shepherding customs into a rich exploration of what the metaphor meant to prophets, apostles and even Jesus, and why Psalm 23 still holds such power today. Dec. 1

Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin
BY LEONARD COHEN (Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings)


Canada’s beloved troubadour Leonard Cohen is still selling out arenas at age 80. His latest release is a full-length concert recording and film, captured on three CDs and DVD or Blue-ray. Recorded live on his Dublin tour in fall 2013, the collection includes soulful hits like Hallelujah, Come Healing and Amen, delivered with vintage Cohen intensity. Dec. 2

Wild
DIRECTED BY JEAN-MARC VALLÉE, STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON, GABY HOFFMANN AND LAURA DERN (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Pacific Standard)

Crushed by her mother’s death, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) seeks comfort in drugs and men. Four years later, her marriage destroyed, she decides abruptly to change her life by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Over the course of 1,100 miles, she tames her demons, tapping strengths she never knew she had in this inspiring quest for redemption. Dec. 5


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