Eighteen years after the release of “The Other Side of Heaven,” writer/director Mitch Davis has made “The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith” (which makes this the other other side of heaven?). Purely from a production-value standpoint, the sequel is more accomplished than most faith-based movies, and that includes its 2001 predecessor: a Mormon melodrama that was notable mainly for the presence of a young Anne Hathaway. (It came out a few months after “The Princess Diaries,” the film that truly launched her career.) But Davis’ dialogue remains clunky and he never misses an opportunity to punctuate every feel-good moment with overwhelming, swelling music. He draws stiff performances from most of his actors, whose interactions are often painfully awkward. … Read entire story.
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