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Backstage Pass
by John Hanlon

NatGeo’s “The Long Road Home” in the Works

National Geographic released a sneak peek trailer of the network’s global scripted event series, “The Long Road Home,” based on Martha Raddatz’s New York Times best-seller. Production began in March in Fort Hood, Texas, and relives a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War when the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, was [Read More...]

by Chris Williams

Review: “Detroit” is brutal, messy and essential

I grew up in the shadows of Detroit.  I was raised in the suburbs outside the city, in a commuter town that owed its existence to the white flight that contributed to the unrest of the 1960s. Despite my outsider status, when out-of-towners asked where I was from, I never said Warren. I said Detroit. [Read More...]

by Andrew Johnson

The Best TV of 2013

In a year of fantastic television, what was extra memorable?

Doc Hollywood
by Craig Detweiler

Silence: Scorsese’s Spiritual Masterpiece

Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence. One of these is not like the others. How could the same director who repeatedly reveled in the high cost of unchecked male rage also deliver the meditative and masterful Silence? Feudal Japan seems so far removed from the Mean Streets of [Read More...]

Faith Goes Pop
by Lilit Marcus

Paula Abdul Is Going to Have a Bat Mitzvah in Israel

Did you know that Paula Abdul is Jewish? Paula is the former judge of American Idol and star of one of the greatest crash-and-burn reality shows ever (that would be Hey Paula), and now she’s in Israel touring the country as an official guest of the country’s board of tourism. Paula is visiting religious sites, [Read More...]

by Peter T. Chattaway

Watch: The first trailer for Sony Animation’s The Star

The animated movie coming to theatres November 10 tells the story of Christmas from the point of view of some animals, including a stubborn donkey, a booty-shaking dove, and three exhausted camels (one of whom, yes, calls the Wise Men “wise guys”).

The Rogue
by Jonathan Ryan

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Episode 5 of 5

It’s taken me to episode five of this blog series to finally figure out why I was so disappointed by the Star Wars prequels. Well, I have untied the knots! The hyperdrive has been repaired in the nick of time! I feel the Force flowing through me once again… So, I re-watched the prequels, from [Read More...]

Reel Faith
by DeWayne Hamby

‘Papal Ninja’ Soars Again On ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Monday

Mission worker Sean Bryan returns to compete in finals of popular reality competition.

Sister Rose at the Movies
by Sister Rose

Sr. Jaguar’s Journey takes a healing odyssey through the Amazon rainforest

Sister Jaguar’s Journey is both a film and a book about the life of Sr. Judy Bisognano. My review was published today over at the Global Sister’s Report Blog. It begins: Judy Bisignano grew up in an abusive home in Des Moines, Iowa. Her father was a good provider, but an alcoholic. Judy’s deepest secret was [Read More...]

Watching God
by Paul Asay

What Dunkirk Can Teach Us About Finding Victory in Failure

I’m still processing the death of Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. Linkin Park was a part of our household when the band was the biggest thing around. My son was a fan, and so I heard Chester’s voice—sometimes…