For, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Actually, Moses parts "Exodus: Gods and Kings" away from all the other new movies as they scatter to make way for what is expected to be a huge blockbuster.

It's playing in some 30 theaters (and on several screens in each multiplex, some in 3D) between Logan and St. George. And no other mainstream movies open this week.

There are, however, four art-house films ready to compete. Each is playing on one screen in Salt Lake City.

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" (PG-13). Whether this remake of "The Ten Commandments" will actually be a faith film remains to be seen, but most faithful Bible believers are hoping it will at least not stray as far as "Noah" did nine months ago.

This film is directed by Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Gladiator"), with "The Dark Knight" himself, Christian Bale, as Moses. Joel Edgerton (the dad in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green") is Ramses. Others in the cast include Sigourney Weaaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro.


"Mary's Land" (PG-13, in Spanish with English subtitles). This film from Spain appears to be a sort of satire of secular beliefs and semi-documentary about everyday people's faith in Christian beliefs, with an emphasis on the Catholic view of Mother Mary. Exclusively at the Cinemark Century 16.

Pelican Dreams" (not rated) is a documentary from the makers of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," following a wayward pelican from the Golden Gate Bridge to a rehab facility. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

"The Way He Looks" (not rated, in Portuguese with English subtitles). Brazilian coming-of-age story of a blind high school student trying to assert his independence from friends and his over-protective parents. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

"Comet" (R). Emmy Rossum and Justin Long star in this romantic comedy about a turbulent six-year relationship told in an out-of-order sequence of events aligned with a comet. Exclusively at the Tower Theater.