Grace and Mercy in “Silence”

"Silence" is a recent film adaptation by Martin Scorsese of Japanese author Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel. The film tells the story of two young Portuguese Jesuit priests who travel to Japan in the 17th century to find their mentor, Fr. Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who is reported to have apostatized. It is a long journey from Portugal to Rome, Goa, Macau and finally Japan, where Christianity is outlawed.But this journey is nothing compared to the long spiritual journey of Fr. Rodrigues (Andrew … [Read More...]

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” and our call to provide sanctuary

 The following is a guest post asking us to reflect on the current refugee situation, indeed crisis, and our response as believers in view of the release of "The Zookeeper's Wife" film on March 31, 2017. Our Call to Provide SanctuaryCo-authored by:Lori Margaret, Christian Interfaith ActivistSue Obedi, Hollywood Bureau Director, Muslim Public Affairs CouncilRabbi Sarah Bassin, Reform Rabbi The Zookeeper's Wife tells the story of Antonina … [Read More...]

‘Cries from Syria’: J’accuse! Airs tonight 3/13/17 HBO

The opening scene of Cries from Syria is of a two-year old baby laying dead on the sea shore, the rippled waves washing over him, because the boat bringing him to Europe capsized. This new HBO Documentary film (it premiered at Sundance in January) by Oscar and Emmy nominated director Evgeny … [Read More...]

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ – true story coming soon

I'll be seeing the film next week; this information is from the publicist. The couple saved at least 300 Jews from death during World War II. Here's a description of the book from Wikipedia: The Zookeeper's Wife THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE - Synopsis In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two- … [Read More...]

‘The Shack” – finding God in the dark

"The Shack," based on the 2007 best-selling novel by William P. Young, is now a major motion picture starring Sam Worthington and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer. In wide release today, the film, in my humble opinion, far surpasses the novel. As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I am not a … [Read More...]

Hollywood 2016: Oscar review and my votes

2016 was a very good year for Hollywood. Disney made more than $1 billion — again — before the year was half over (the first studio ever to reach that amount in just over four months) and the hits just kept on coming: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” etc.I only saw 56 films in 2016, far fewer t … [Read More...]

“The Shack” Hollywood Drama with a Catholic Touch

This is the cover of St. Anthony Messenger for March 2017 and here is the link to my storyThe Shack: Hollywood Drama with a Catholic Touch   … [Read More...]

‘Ransom’: the best TV show you aren’t watching

Due to the limited amount of television shows I can record, my DVR didn’t start recording “Ransom,” a new CBS drama, until the fourth episode, “Joe,” which aired Jan. 28. But I was traveling and when I got home I had three, then four episodes to watch. Wow. I’m impressed. The drama revolves around t … [Read More...]

Film Showcase at the LA Religious Education Congress 2017

2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film ShowcaseFEBRUARY 24 7PM Coffee and dessert7:45 - 10PM event Anaheim Convention Center (Room 101)800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California 92802The LMU Center for Religion & Spirituality and the LA Office of Religious Education … [Read More...]

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story – Exclusive clips from PBS

A provocative new one-hour documentary, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, directed by Martin Doblmeier (Chaplains, Bonhoeffer, The Power of Forgiveness) is airing on PBS stations in April. The film explores the life and continued legacy of the influential Niebuhr, who spent most of … [Read More...]