‘The Messengers’ is like a Christian zombie movie for the small screen

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 The rapture is coming -- again. A new television series, "The Messengers," premieres at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central today, April 17, on The CW because "the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn." The end is near, and "angels" or Messengers, have appeared.The Messengers are five select people, men and women, unknown to the others, who are gifted with the ability to heal others. Then there is "The Man" (Diogo Morgado), who wields death and destruction even though he looks like a totally … [Read more...]

Neither faith nor magic saves ‘Little Boy’ from its muddled message

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I imagine that the writers of "Little Boy," Pepe Portillo and Alejandro Monteverde, who also directs, wanted to make a sweet film about faith and the love between a father and his son. They surely wanted audiences to see life through a Catholic lens when they crafted this highly structured, ambitious, well-cast, and beautiful-looking movie, which opens in theaters April 24. Unfortunately, while it may make you shed a tear at the end, it's for all the wrong reasons.As "Little Boy" opens, we … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose at the Movies #121 of Top Church Blogs

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  Church Relevance, "founded in March 2006 by Kent Shaffer, Church Relevance explores the intersection of theology and methodology – what we do vs what Christ said" has posted its 2015 list of the top 300 Church Blogs.I am pleasantly surprised, and grateful, that "Sister Rose at the Movies" here at Patheos is ranked #121! (Last year it was #126).The Anchoress, the blog that belongs to our venerable leader of Catholic blogs on Patheos, Elizabeth Scalia, is #31.There a … [Read more...]

‘Woman in Gold’ is a first-rate detective story that unravels a decades-old mystery

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"Woman in Gold" is a David-and-Goliath story. When the sister of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) dies in Los Angeles, she chats with an old family friend from Vienna about some information she found in her sister's belongings. Maria's friend says her son, Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a young lawyer with time on his hands, might be able to help her. Randol shows up at Maria's home near Beverly Hills. Although he is reluctant, he listens to her story about a famous painting of her aunt, Adele … [Read more...]

‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ kicks off with a familiar story

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"A.D. The Bible Continues" Premieres 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central, Sunday, April 5, NBC The NBC website for this new miniseries on the New Testament says: "The epic story picks up where 'The Bible' left off, exploring the aftermath of events following the Crucifixion."Actually, this is a somewhat misleading statement. The opening episode of the 12-part series that premieres on Easter Sunday begins with Pilate's words "Truth? What is truth?" and images of the nails being forged that … [Read more...]

The Good Samaritan: Stories from the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row

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BOOK REVIEWTHE GOOD SAMARITAN: STORIES FROM THE LOS ANGELES CATHOLIC WORKER ON SKID ROW By Jeff Dietrich Published by Marymount Institute Press, $19.95 When I reviewed Catholic Worker Jeff Dietrich's 2011 book Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row, I wrote, "To read Broken and Shared, you need intentionality and the willingness to step into Jeff Dietrich's shoes and see the world, church, government -- indeed, the institutions of power wherever they exist … [Read more...]

‘METALHEAD’ is a Good Friday film with an Easter ending

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Out of Iceland comes an extraordinary story of grief and understanding, violence and forgiveness, isolation and community, family and church, despair and hope, art and grace. Hera Karlsdottir is about twelve years old and is outside playing with her friends when her mother, Droplaug, calls to her to come in for dinner and to summon her older brother, Baldur, to come in as well. Baldur is about seventeen and is on the tractor, harvesting hay for their dairy cows. He motions to Hera but keeps on … [Read more...]

‘Killing Jesus’ is remarkable but doesn’t give the whole picture

Haaz Sleiman, center, in "Killing Jesus" (CNS/Courtesy National Geographic Channels/Kent Eanes)

8 p.m./7 p.m. Central, Sunday, March 29 National Geographic Channel  "Killing Jesus" airs Sunday on the National Geographic Channel. It is written by Oscar- and Emmy-winner Walon Green and based on Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard's 2013 bestseller of the same title.The title is somewhat misleading, however. By the title, you might expect something like Jim Bishop's 1957 book and 1980 TV movie The Day Christ Died. Instead, this television movie (like the … [Read more...]

‘The True Cross’ airs this Sunday in “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” and tune in for ‘Mary Magdalene’ on Easter

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“The True Cross” airs this Sunday in “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” The latest episode in CNN’s “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” is a fairly interesting examination of purported relics of the True Cross that St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, is said to have brought back from her two-year visit to Jerusalem in 328 CE. According to the show, the Empress Helena, who was a Christian, set out to Jerusalem to find the true cross of Jesus, becoming the … [Read more...]


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