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...]

Live on stage: "The Exorcist"?

Watch out for the pea soup: the blockbuster novel and movie (based on the true story of a Catholic exorcism) is being adapted for the stage and will have its world premiere next year in Los Angeles. From the New York Times: The playwright John Pielmeier (“Agnes of God”) is writing the stage version of [Read More...]

"It is accomplished"

This is one to watch again and again, every Good Friday: the last nine minutes of “The Passion of the Christ.” [Read more...]

"Where are you going? Can you take me with you?"

A little Good Friday meditation for you, from the movie of “Godspell” … [Read more...]

Brace yourself for "The Mighty Macs"

This looks terrific: an upcoming movie based on the true story of the all-girls Catholic basketball team from Immaculata College near Philadelphia.  Check it out.  A cheerful h/t to Jim Martin. Watch the trailer below. [Read more...]

"Of Gods and Men" hailed as "beautiful, somber, rigorously intelligent"

The highly anticipated French film “Of Gods and Men” opened today in New York. Part of the New York Times review: In the 1990s, Algeria was gripped by a gruesome, protracted civil war between the government — which declared martial law after annulling elections it appeared to have lost — and a ruthless Islamist insurgency. [Read More...]

Pete Postlethwaite, RIP

The great, craggy-faced actor who at one time wanted to be a priest — and got to play one in “Romeo + Juliet” — has died. Details: Pete Postlethwaite died in a in Shropshire, England, hospital Sunday after a lengthy fight with cancer. The actor was 64. An Oscar nominee for his role as the [Read More...]