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‘Journey to the Planet Earth: Extreme Realities’ premieres on PBS tonight Dec. 15, 2014

A new episode of "Journey to Planet Earth" narrated by Oscar-winner Matt Damon, premieres tonight on PBS and takes a cold, hard look at climate change, especially global warming: the "Extreme Realities" of climate change.But it’s not just the melting of the polar ice cap and the rising of ocean levels and temperatures that concerns scientists. In “Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities” the filmmakers examine the potential – and real - geo-political security threat caused by climate chang … [Read More...]

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Pope Francis didn’t say “all dogs will go to heaven” – NY Times issues correction

Thanks to Deacon Greg over at The Deacon's Bench for posting the NYTimes correction. Please note it was good Pope Paul VI who made the statement "Paradise is open to all God's creatures."Correction: December 12, 2014An earlier version of this article misstated the circumstances of Pope Francis’ remarks. He made them in a general audience at the Vatican, not in consoling a distraught boy whose dog had died. The article also misstated what Francis is known to have said. According to Va … [Read More...]

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is stunning but barely concedes the miraculous

 A scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (Twentieth Century Fox/Kerry Brown) Director Ridley Scott's most recent epic, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," attempts to tell the biblical story of Moses from about the time he learns he is a Hebrew until he receives the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. It … [Read More...]

‘The Railway Man’ is a powerful story of a wounded soul

"The Railway Man" is probably the best film you haven't seen this year.From the time he was a boy, Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine) always loved trains in his native Scotland. After World War II, he memorized timetables and had a keen interest in the railway system of Great Britain.One day in … [Read More...]

Hollywood’s hidden Christmas gems

 What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.The question of what makes a movie ideal for Christmas, the day we commemorate and celebrate Jesus’ birth, is subjective. It often depends completely on the aud … [Read More...]

“The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” is more reality show than – reality

From left: Eseni Ellington, Sr. Beth Ann Dillon, and Claire Halbur in "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns." (Scott Gries) Lifetime's latest original series, "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns," is a six-parter about five young Catholic women who are supposedly discerning whether or not to become nuns -- or, … [Read More...]

“The Judge” – Robert Duval, Robert Downey, Jr. and grace

 Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago who doesn’t care whom he defends as long as they can pay. He and his wife, Lisa (Sarah Lancaster), are on the verge of a divorce, but Hank wants custody of their young daughter, Lauren (Emma Tremblay).When his m … [Read More...]

“Gone Girl” is “Fatal Attraction” for the 21st century

Director David Fincher has taken Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-selling novel and delivers a chilling, self-destructive, and ambiguous moral tale that is much better than the book. I hated reading the tortuous tale about two unlikable people. (It's like "Fatal Attraction" for the 21st century.) The d … [Read More...]

“Fury” – explores moral injury but comes off like a video game

 It is 1945. The Allies are pushing deep into Germany after the invasion at Normandy. In the opening scene, Army Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a tank crew of four soldiers. When they arrive at an Army rendezvous, the very young Norman (Logan Lerman) is assigned to the uni … [Read More...]

Sr. Rose guest “help” on a cooking show – Thanksgiving treat (and laugh!)

From the National Catholic Reporter about my stint on the Jesuit IN Network show "Pre-Prans with Ruthie" and making Grape & Gorgonzola Truffles. We laughed so much! "Want to add something special to your Thanksgiving feast? Look no further! NCR contributor and host of The IN Network's INNdustry … [Read More...]


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