CINEMA: JESUS CHRIST, SUPERDUDE

A GOOD-NATURED FILM IMAGINES HOW THE SECOND COMING WOULD PLAY ON TODAY'S TALK-SHOW CIRCUIT

The cliche used to be that if Christ came back to earth in modern times, he would be either actively scorned or passively ignored by a population lost to materialism. That, of course, was before the talk shows and tabloids began directing the spiritual lives of simple, yearning souls. Nowadays, in his innocence, a Christ figure would be ripe for cheezoid exploitation.

Unless he has adapted to the new era, as has the one who calls himself Juvenal in writer-director Paul Schrader's sly and nicely understated adaptation of novelist Elmore Leonard's Touch. Played by Skeet Ulrich, he has done time in...

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