(20th Century Fox)

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” – a shorter take

 Director Ridley Scott’s imagining of the first half of the Book of Exodus is dramatic and majestic. We meet Moses (Christian Bale) and his “cousin,” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who have been brought up together. When Pharaoh (an almost unrecognizable John Turturro) gives them almost matching swords and then switches them, he tells both men to watch out for the other. It is the beginning of a sibling-like rivalry that will frame the rest of the story.They go into battle, where Moses … [Read More...]

(The Weinstein Company)

“The Imitation Game” is my favorite film of the year

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a young mathematician with an IQ almost equal to Albert Einstein’s, answers an ad to work for the British government in 1939 when England declares war on Germany. He joins a team of code breakers at the topsecret facility at Bletchley Park.After months of futile efforts to break the Nazi “Enigma Code,” Turing entreats Winston Churchill to name him team leader so he can build what turns out to be a prototype of a modern computer. Turing’s vision is credited … [Read More...]

“Unbroken”

 Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) is the son of Italian immigrants living in Southern California during the Depression. He skips school, drinks liquor, and smokes. His brother, Pete (Alex Russell), however, sees his potential as a runner. Louie begins to train and win track meets. H … [Read More...]

‘Broadchurch’ Season Two starts March 4

 I discovered the series BBC "Broadchurch" last year on Netflix. Then came the US version, "Gracepoint' still starring David Tennent as the detective with a past and most everything but the ending a copy of the BBC series. Truth to tell, I liked both series but "Broadchurch" paid attention … [Read More...]

‘Klansville USA’ on PBS outlines the 1954 rise of the KKK

 “Klansville U.S.A.” is a relatively short film that documents a portion of U.S. history that few may be aware of: the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954 that effectively began the dismantling of institutionalized … [Read More...]

“Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” LA book launch and signing set for Feb. 7, 2015

I hope you can join all of us at the Pauline Book & Media Center for this date.  Refreshments will be served!You can order from Amazon or directly from Liturgical Press, too. Or if you order through our book store I can autograph it for you! Call 310-397-8676 between 10am-6pm, Pacific Time, … [Read More...]

‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ tells of the world’s deadliest industrial disaster

Dilip (Rajpal Yadav) lives in the city of Bhopal, India, which grew around a gigantic Union Carbide plant that was built to produce pesticides, especially methyl isocyanate (cyanide). By 1984, safety hazards are beginning to escalate—which are overlooked by management—and inspections by the aut … [Read More...]

‘The Theory of Everything’ – a good watch

Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a nerdy student of physics at Oxford in the early 1960s when he meets Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a literature student, at a party. They feel an immediate attraction. Stephen does not believe in God. Instead, he wants to discover an elegant theory for everything … [Read More...]

‘Interstellar’ – the main character is time

In director Christopher Nolan’s haunting, bold new film, monoculture (the cultivation of a single crop) dominates in an environment that can no longer sustain crop diversity. Even though corn is that one crop, it no longer thrives, and sudden, gigantic dust storms smother the population.Cooper ( … [Read More...]


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