Madam Secretary

‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Scorpion’, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, & ‘Stalker’ Get Full-Season Orders By CBS

It's great news that Barbara Hall's latest show, featuring Tea Leoni as the US Secretary of State, is getting a full season to show us what makes good TV! Tim Daly, who plays her husband, is a theology professor at Georgetown. According to this article, "Madam Secretary" is beating "The Good Wife" in the ratings. Wow.From over at Deadline.com, October 27:CBS has joined sibling CW in giving full-season orders to all of its fall series that have premiered so far: new dramas Scorpion, NCIS: … [Read More...]

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‘Diplomacy’ and the artist’s imagination

It is August 1944. The aging Nazi Général von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) has been posted to Paris after rising through the ranks during the war and killing thousands of Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The Allies have landed on the French coast and are a couple of days away from Paris. Hitler has commanded von Choltitz to destroy the city. Bombs crash in the distance. Alone in his luxurious hotel room, von Choltitz is shocked when a man appears out of nowhere and uses a secret passage the Nazis never d … [Read More...]

Richard Linklater’s existential ‘Boyhood”

Writer/director Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers, and Boyhood does not disappoint. It is a unique film, having been shot over 11 years using the same core actors. But viewers should know that Linklater, through his characters, will talk your ear off in the pursuit of existential … [Read More...]

‘My Old Lady’ review

Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives at what used to be a grand home in Paris. His father has died and left his middle-aged son a gold watch and the apartment. Mathias intends to sell the residence and move on with his life. After three failed marriages, he needs a fresh … [Read More...]

Actress Roma Downey lends her voice to our annual Webathon

The Daughters of St. Paul are so grateful to actress/producer Roma Downey for lending a voice to encourage folks to contribute to our annual Daughters of St. Paul webathon. She made this while on location in Morocco where she and husband Mark Burnett are filming the TV miniseries A.D. due out at … [Read More...]

‘Call the Midwife’ is a celebration of life

  During the 1950s, the Anglican sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus ran a midwifery service and clinic out of their convent in the Poplar section of London's East End. Working alongside them were young women who were trained nurses and qualified midwives. "Call the Midwife," a BBC … [Read More...]

‘Fury’ fuels the ‘war is hell’ mentality without shining fresh light on it

"Fury" is writer/director David Ayer's latest action film, moving from city streets ("Street Kings," "S.W.A.T.") to the battlefields of World War II. Sgt. Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a five-man crew on a tank named "Fury." Their assignment is to join with three other tank units and … [Read More...]

‘Left Behind’ or lost in space?

The remake of the 2000 film "Left Behind" is based on the first of 12 best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This new film is a watered-down and somewhat changed version of the earlier movie with a bigger budget and not much else. There is barely enough undercooked scriptural … [Read More...]

‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ refreshing, sweet

Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) is eleven years old and he is always having bad days. He loves to study about Australia but the geography teacher assigns that country to another student, leaving him disappointed. It’s just another bad day. It’s also the day before his birthday and things are not goi … [Read More...]


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