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Ben-Hur Review - Review Journal

Review Journal: That’s it.

In almost every other aspect, the remake feels less like a big-screen epic than more of the religious-themed TV programming cranked out by “Ben-Hur’s” husband-and-wife producing team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (“The Bible,” “The Dovekeepers”) — albeit with a slightly larger budget.

Never once forgetting that the source material by author Lew Wallace is titled “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” this new version, written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), places Jesus front and center in a way the 1959 version never did.

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