“Jesus and the Bullies” Sr. Rose talks about the new film “The Young Messiah”

The Young Messiah is a new film directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Nowrasteh. It's based on the Anne Rice novel "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt."   Adam Greaves-Neal, Sean Bean, David Bradley, Lee Boardman, Jonathan Bailey, and David Burke all star in the film and I was lucky enough to visit the set at CineCitta' in Rome in November 2014 during the filming.This is the story about the first seven years of Jesus' life, from the flight into Egypt to the Holy … [Read more...]

‘The Choice’ film is a positive contribution to the culture

One summer in Georgia coastal Low Country, a young medical resident, Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer), rents a house next to Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker) who parties late and loud and seems to have girls coming and going. Gabby wants to study and is not impressed; irritated by all the noise, she confronts Travis. Travis, with his lazy smile, is an inveterate flirt, but no amount of sweet-talk seems to get through to Gabby. At first.When her boyfriend, Dr. Ryan McCarthy (Tom Welling) goes out … [Read more...]

“No Más Bebés” (no more babies) a must-see in an election year

"No Más Bebés" (no more babies) tells a little-known but powerful story about a group of Latina women who banned together in a class-action lawsuit in 1975, Madrigal v. Quilligan, over their forced sterilizations at the Los Angeles County General Hospital in the 1960s and '70s. It airs Feb. 1 on PBS.However, limiting poor and ethnic populations was already a government-supported effort, and there was plenty of federal funding to be had. Walter Cronkite reported the story of how shocked the p … [Read more...]

“Brooklyn” – An immigrant’s journey

It is the early 1950s. Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is leaving her home in Ireland because her sister, Rose (Fiona Glascott), asks a priest to find Eilis work in New York. Rose knows that their widowed mother is manipulative and needy, and she wants more for her little sister than working at the local bakery. Eilis, scared but hopeful, makes the journey.Eilis rooms in a Brooklyn boardinghouse run by Madge (Julie Walters). Though extremely timid, Eilis becomes a sales assistant in a Manhattan … [Read more...]

“Concussion” rethinking football

Based on true events, Nigerian-born Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) is a university researcher and forensic pathologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When former Steelers great Mike Webster (David Morse) develops dementia and dies, homeless, in 2002, Omalu discovers through brain-tissue analysis that “Iron Mike” had sustained significant brain trauma, a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). After finding the same injury when analyzing the brain tissue of other deceased football p … [Read more...]

‘The Finest Hours’ shows off US Coast Guard’s most daring rescue in true form

 On Feb. 18, 1952, a mighty nor'easter struck the New England coast. As distress signals went out from ships caught in the storm, almost all of the Coast Guard's resources were sent to save the crew on the tanker, the USS Mercer. When a weak signal was received by Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (played in "The Finest Hours" by Eric Bana) at the Coast Guard Lifeboat station in Chatham, Mass., five men, led by Boatswain's Mate First Class Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) set out on an … [Read more...]

Reflections for a Laudato Si’ Film Festival

 "Have you ever wondered what would happen, if all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest, most creative people in the world decided to actually change it?" —"Tomorrowland"In last summer's dystopian blockbuster "Mad Max: Fury Road" the character Nux exclaims, "We are not to blame!" to which The Splendid Angharad replies, "Then who killed the world?"Pope Francis' prophetic encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" is dated May 24, 2015, Pentecost S … [Read more...]

‘The Revenant’ intense, gory saga of love and revenge

 Water, breath, fire, wind. Ice, snow, cold, wet. Pain and more pain. Violence, so much violence. Heartbreak, loneliness. Beauty and cruelty. Betrayal and treachery. Death, so much death. Whispers from beyond yet near and signs of hope. Body and soul, love and sacrifice. The natural and unnatural in a bleeding hemorrhagic tension. This is just a sample of what Alejandro “The Revenant” is about.In this is a retelling of the life of the real Hugh Glass (and the explorer and guide J … [Read more...]

‘Ricki and the Flash’ fails to sparkle

So two of my sisters went to a Rick Springfield concert last week in Reno and since I am still on vacation with one of my sisters we watched "Ricki and the Flash" starring Rick Springfield this past weekend.I really did want to see it when it was in theaters but was not able to. Now I was happy to let my sister pay for the VOD and I didn't have to buy a Los Angeles priced ticket.Despite being written by Diablo Cody ("Juno") and directed by Jonathan Demme ("Rachel Getting Married") and … [Read more...]

‘In the Heart of the Sea’ – epic story epic film

In 1850 the writer Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) visits Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) on Nantucket island off the coast of Massachusetts to discover the truth about The Essex, a whaling vessel that was reported shipwrecked thirty years before but rumors continue to circulate that this is not what happened; indeed, it’s destruction was beyond imagining. When Nickerson was young (Tom Holland) he had been a cabin boy on The Essex and he has never told anyone, not even his wife, the story that c … [Read more...]


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