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‘1820’ Could be the Best Latter-Day Saint Musical Since ‘Saturday’s Warrior’

But for now, the search for the great Latter-Day Saint musical continues. George D. Nelson’s new ‘1820: The Musical’ is more consistent and less likely to cause the audience to cringe, but like ‘Saturday’s Warrior’ and ‘My Turn on Earth,’ it’s a musical with great songs and moments and yet fails to be a great musical.

‘Witnesses’ is a Rare Surprise

I’m a notorious Grinch on the subject of religious film. I have a theory that the standards for religious films are so low because they only tell the audience what they want to hear. But Witnesses is a movie that understands that its role is not to be a sermon or a polemic, but an emotional journey.