Attend the Premiere of “Mary of Nazareth” with the Film’s Star (and me!)

A few weeks ago, I shared with you about the beautiful movie “Mary of Nazareth”. Today, I’m thrilled to invite you to join me at the film’s Premiere on Friday, October 11th at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon Theater. Here’s the basic information from the Premiere website: Join us for the premiere of Mary of Nazareth on Friday, [Read More...]

Mary of Nazareth: Compelling Film Brings Mary’s “Yes” to Life

I recently had the great privilege of pre-screening an amazing new movie, Mary of Nazareth, an epic new motion picture on the life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. The film will become available for sponsored screenings in theaters through Ignatius Press and Carmel Communications beginning  October 1, 2013. [Read More...]

Win Free Movie Tickets: The Conjuring

Warning: I haven’t seen The Conjuring yet. So this is not a post where I’m telling you to go see it. I’ve seen the trailer, and it alone is scary enough to have me sleeping with the lights on. Here’s a write up from IMDB: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a [Read More...]

Man of Steel: Three Faith Takeaways

I’m likely late to the party in writing about Man of Steel, but since I’ve been on the road so much lately I just saw the film this week. The PG-13 rated film ranks an AIII (for adults) from Catholic News Service and a less-than-glowing review from Fr. Robert Barron. My take: I sort of loved [Read More...]

World War Z: Three Faith Takeaways

I may end up sleeping with all the lights on for the next few nights due to my viewing this afternoon of the pretty amazing zombie flick World War Z. Rated PG13 and with an AIII rating from the USCCB, this film mainly stars Brad Pitt and a bunch of (actually not too gruesome as [Read More...]

The Great Gatsby: Four Faith Takeaways

With the most sincere of apologies to my AP English teacher Brother Aquinas, I never read The Great Gatsby. And owing to old age, any knowledge that I had of the plot from my perusal of the Cliff Notes version has been lost through the years. So I went into today’s viewing of Baz Luhrmann’s [Read More...]

Sam Rocha Votes for My Mom in the Great Les Mis Debate

Yes… I’ll be getting back to you on that whole Manti issue soon — I actually took a morning away from my desk to take a walk with a friend. Outside, with cold breezes and birds chirping and nothing beeping at me. Imagine that… In the mean time, I have to point you to my [Read More...]

Help Educate My Mom on the Merits of Les Mis

This morning, I had a shocking conversation with my own mother that caused a near collision when I almost ran my car of the road in dismay, confusion and disgust. The source of our debate: the movie version of Les Miserables. (Cue “I Dreamed a Dream” now…). The conversation went something like this (daughterly liberties [Read More...]

The Hobbit – One Mom’s Admission

OK, let me preface this by saying officially this is not a review of The Hobbit. I’m about to admit something that may get me “unfriended” by my many Tolkien-loving Facebook friends and kicked out of the Patheos Catholic Channel for lack of street cred. Here goes: I have never read The Hobbit. or indeed [Read More...]

Win “Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game” for Wii

Rise of the Guardians

Today, we’re going to have some fun! I hope this weekend to get out to see Rise of the Guardians. Patheos’ own movie reviewer, Bill Blankschaen says of the film, “Rise of the Guardians is the perfect film for kids from ages 4 to 10 to see with parents and grandparents.” I can’t give the movie away (yet), [Read More...]