"The Rite" stuff

I just got back from seeing “The Rite,” and once again have come to the conclusion: in Hollywood, the devil gets the best lines, and puts on a great show. The story follows a young seminarian with Grave Doubts, who is dispatched to Rome to apprentice with a grizzled Welshman (Anthony Hopkins, of course) who [Read More...]

Happy Groundhog Day

Classic moments from a favorite movie that has a sneaky way of saying a lot about transformation, conversion, and redemption –  you know, all the usual stuff in a Bill Murray comedy. Enjoy. [Read more...]

The real-life exorcist behind "The Rite"

The Wall Street Journal tracked him down in Los Angeles for a brief interview. Details: The film is loosely based on the nonfiction book by journalist Matt Baglio, which details the experiences of Father Gary Thomas, an American priest from San Jose, Calif. who travels to Rome to become a Vatican-certified exorcist. “The Rite” opens [Read More...]

A first look at "Of Gods and Men"

For my money, this is the first must-see movie of 2011.  I read the book “The Monks of Tibhirine” a few years back, and was deeply moved by this story of a Trappist monks martyred by radical Muslims in Algeria in the 1990s.  The movie tells this same story, and strikes me as carrying a [Read More...]


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