Top 7 faith-inspired films of 2023

'Journey to Bethlehem'

Journey to Bethlehem movie
Journey to Bethlehem movie

"Journey to Bethlehem” is a fictional version of the Nativity billed as appealing to both Christian and secular audiences. 

The Sony/AFFIRM films movie has brought in $6,637,597 at the box office worldwide. It presents a fictional rendition of the story of Jesus' birth featuring pop songs and modern themes, including portraying Mary and Joseph as young strong-willed individuals.

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Filmed in Spain, actor Antonio Banderas stars as King Herod; for King & Country singer Joel Smallbone plays King Herod’s son; rapper Lecrae portrays the angel Gabriel; Milo Manheim plays Joseph, and “Outer Banks” actress Fiona Palomo stars as Mary.

Creative liberties taken in the film that stray far from the biblical account of Jesus' birth have disappointed some Christian moviegoers. 

Read CP's review of 'Journey to Bethlehem'

As the project's description states, the musical “weaves classic Christmas melodies into new pop songs in a music-infused retelling of the timeless story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus.”

The film is directed by Adam Anders (“Glee,” “High School Musical,” “The Passion”), who teamed up with Peter Barsocchini to write the script. The music was composed by Nikki Anders (“Glee," “High School Musical”) and Peer Astrom. 

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Post. Reach her at: She's also the author of the book, What Is Happening to Me? How to Defeat Your Unseen Enemy Follow her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic

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