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The Grace Card comes out nationally today!  I will have a review of it this weekend as I plan to be at the 730 show tonight in Richmond!

Thanks to Christian, we have this review by Angela Walker.  Walker says the supporting cast did a “serviceable” acting job and the largely volunteer crew were surprisingly good

In a nice piece of storytelling, the film doesn’t end with a feel-good scene that is like a PS to the story, but brings to a close an important part of the plot. It’s these moments peppered throughout the story that tell us David Evans and his team have the capacity to make some really good films and give Sherwood Pictures some healthy competition in the arena of church/volunteer film production.

Mike Hale at the New York Times said this in his otherwise less than favorable review:

Responses to religious films are bound to be personal, so at the risk of sounding patronizing, I’ll say that my main reaction to “The Grace Card” was one of pleasant surprise at its competence. Not because of its provenance in the filmmaking arm of a suburban Memphis Christian church, but because the director, David Evans, is an optometrist whose previous arts experience involved producing the church’s annual Easter passion plays.

Sean O’Connell at the Washington Post said this:

Evans’s spiritual drama commits the cinematic sin of delivering its evangelical message with a heavy hand. But powerful lead performances and the filmmaker’s noble attempt at holding a magnifying glass over the Deep South’s still-contentious race relations help “The Grace Card” edge closer to the realm of mainstream entertainment. It’s not just a dry sermon in feature-length form.

Ty Burr said for tbe Boston Globe that the Grace Card gets credit for trying hard amid a touchy subject:  race.

The Lord moves in mysterious ways. Devotional cinema — films intended to testify, revelate, preach, or convert — generally neglect the medium for the message. You have to take them on faith or not at all. “The Grace Card’’ is an exception; more drama than tract, it’s a low-budget Christian indie that just clears the runway on the sincerity of its performances and inclusiveness of its message.

You heard it – measured phrase from the mainstream media for David Evans and Calvary Church of the Nazarene’s first movie!  Go see it – make the Grace Card NUMBER ONE at the box office this week!  If we beat a unholy competitor also coming out this week, that will be a great victory.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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