With the “secular lens” of director Michael John Warren “lending outsider credibility,” the newly released Hillsong concert documentary Let Hope Rise “attempts a delicate balance—glorifying the band onstage and off to please its faithful (potentially millions of ticket buyers) while not coming off so uncritical as to alienate curious nonbelievers.” Bandleader Joel Houston sees the film as a chance to “break through a few stereotypes” about organized religion. “They’re trying to make money,” he says of the producers, “and we’re trying to tell a story.”

New York Times