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With less blood than Gibson’s ‘Passion,’ ‘Son of God’ tells loving story of Jesus

Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus in “Son of God,” which tells the Christian savior’s life story from birth to resurrection. (Casey Crafford/20th Century Fox)
Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus in “Son of God,” which tells the Christian savior’s life story from birth to resurrection. (Casey Crafford/20th Century Fox)
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Blame Mel Gibson for it if you like, but no Jesus movie these days is worth its salt without an utterly unflinching treatment of his torture and crucifixion. And “Son of God” has stretches where the agony we watch this poor man endure is avert-your-eyes awful. If history ever produced a more excruciating form of punishment, it probably included lions at dinner time. But “Son of God,” a big-screen version of Mark Burnett and Roma ...


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