Hard time: convict flees monastery, asks to be sent back to prison instead

Well, clearly, religious life isn’t for everybody: A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life was too tough. Thief David Catalano, 31, was sent to a Santa Maria degli Angeli community run by Capuchin monks [Read More...]

Torn: Catholic priest learns he’s a Jewish Holocaust survivor

That’s the compelling premise behind a new documentary shown recently in a New York film festival. Details: Imagine you are a Catholic priest in your 30s. Suddenly, at your mother’s deathbed, your world is turned completely upside-down. This was Polish Father Romuald Waszkinel experience when he learned that his real name is Yaacov (Jacob) Weksler [Read More...]

Cheering for the underdogs: making "The Mighty Macs"

The movie about the fabled basketball team opens this Friday — did you know the original title was “Our Lady of Victory”? — but it took a long time to happen. The AP has the scoop: Here’s a sports fairy tale that never gets old: Underdog team with few resources but a lot of heart [Read More...]

Sheen's way: "I love the journey…"

Sr. Rose Pacatte has a terrific and inspiring interview with Martin Sheen, tied to his new movie “The Way,” over at National Catholic Reporter.  He talks about his faith, his family, his film career, and much more. I feel that your opening performance in “Apocalypse Now” (1979) has something to do with your new film, [Read More...]

Coming attractions: "Reel Faith"

Anyone interested in a Catholic perspective on the fall movie season will want to check out “Reel Faith,” the cinema series on NET, the TV station for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Hosted by David DiCerto and Steven Greydanus, “Reel Faith” takes a different look at what’s unspooling at the multiplex, with an emphasis on Christian [Read More...]

Mel Gibon's next movie?

I find this hard to believe.  But two high- profile Catholics with troubled pasts — Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas — are reportedly teaming up on a biblical epic. Details: Warner Bros has set up an untitled drama that teams Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas on the telling of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah [Read More...]

First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

I have to say: this looks really good. The website for the film describes its genesis, with star Martin Sheen undertaking the trek through Spain and later discussing the possibilities of a movie about the fabled pilgrimage trail with his son Emilio.  This film is the result.  It opens in October. [Read more...]

The best movies of the last 15 years in three and a half minutes

Don’t believe me?  Just watch.  A great montage by Kees van Dijkhuizen. Pixar rocks.  It’s that simple.  Nobody does it better. [Read more...]

"Best. Day. Ever."

That’s the uplifting message at the end of this trailer for a remarkable new film hitting theaters later this month. It’s “Life in a Day,” produced by Ridley Scott, and collected from thousands of YouTube videos. You can read more about it here and here. But check out the trailer below. [Read more...]

Vatican paper: thumbs up for last "Harry Potter" film

“The finale is epic, with a battle worthy of this saga of unequalled planetary success. The decisive meeting between the forces of good and evil is truly the final one, played out in an atmosphere that is almost too dark. The games of magic played by the baby wizards are a thing of the past. The [Read More...]


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