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THE WORK AND THE GLORY III: A HOUSE DIVIDED
In all likelihood, you weren't aware of the existence of parts one and two of this saga; if that's the case, the movie isn't for you anyway. The work and glory in question belong to Mormon founding father Joseph Smith (Matthew Lillard lookalike Jonathan Scarfe, who also played Jesus in a TV movie), and these movies take it for granted that the viewer already believes in his message—if you come in thinking he might have been a delusional nutcase, nothing in the story or Scarfe's performance is going to change that. Regardless, the story oddly splits its focus between Smith in Ohio, and conflicted foe Joshua Steed (Smallville's Eric Johnson) in Missouri, where the governor is looking for an excuse to start trouble with the "Mormonites." Steed is mildly more interesting; Smith, at this stage, does little but get sick. The whole production, right down to the quality of the film stock, looks and plays like a long-lost Little House on the Prairie TV movie unearthed from the '70s—in the age of Deadwood, a non-Mormon viewer may want more, but for the faithful, this at least has higher production values than most LDS flicks. (Luke Y. Thompson) (AMC at the Block, Orange; Pierside Surfcity, Huntington Beach

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