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Review: 'Heaven Is for Real' soars best when grounded in earthly life
Review: 'Heaven Is for Real' soars best when grounded in earthly life

Conviction is the word that keeps coming to mind in watching "Heaven Is for Real," the latest faith-based film to debut this Passover-Easter season. It is there in Todd Burpo's story of his 4-year-old son's near-death experience, which the Nebraska pastor chronicled in his New York Times bestseller. It is present in the performances of stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church and an adorable 6-year-old named Connor Corum. There is conviction in director Randall Wallace's approach and the screenplay he wrote with Christopher Parker. You see it in every frame, with cinematographer Dean Semler, an Oscar winner for "Dances With...

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