‘Broadchurch’ Season Two starts March 4

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 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 to the details of the priest character that the US version mashed up completely. About the US version's ending I can only ask: why?There is a religious thread running throughout the first series - … [Read more...]

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

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 “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 segregation. There is an especially poignant and tragic connection between this documentary and the new major film release “Selma,” now in theaters: voting rights activist Viola Liuzzo, who was kille … [Read more...]

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

Location: Pauline Book & Media Center, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230 Time: 2PM-4PM

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, Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday).Here are some early reactions to the book (people are so kind and generous!): In a world where "celebrity biography" has become synonymous with "scandlous … [Read more...]

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

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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 authorities are minimal. When Dilip manages to get a job as a janitor at the plant, he is thrilled because he can provide for his nagging and worried wife.Motwani (Kal Penn), the editor of the local pap … [Read more...]

‘The Theory of Everything’ – a good watch

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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 based in science. After a move to Cambridge to continue his doctoral studies in cosmology, he experiences muscle weakness and then collapses. He is diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is g … [Read more...]

‘Interstellar’ – the main character is time

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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 (Matthew McConaughey) is a former NASA pilot who now runs a farm. He lives with his son and father-in-law, but is closest to his daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy), who hears voices and thinks her bedroom … [Read more...]

‘Life Itself’ about film critic Roger Ebert to air Jan 4 CNN

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Don't miss this documentary about the wonderful film critic Roger Ebert. The only thing he lived more than movies was "life itself."  … [Read more...]

New Year blessings!

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May 2015 be filled with blessings for you, your families, and your communities! And may 2015 have many, many films that shed light on the human face.Some great films come from even greater books. Will you write one this year?Today is the feast of Mary, Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. May your heart be filled with peace and the joy of knowing and loving the Lord.   … [Read more...]

‘Unbroken’ inspiring, uneven story of courage

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A crew of young Army Air Force aviators is in the thick of a battle over the Pacific in April 1943. Young Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) is a bombardier and the plane takes on heavy fire by the Japanese and some of the men are injured. They barely make it back to base in Hawaii in tact. A month later the crew is given a patched up plane and sent on a search mission. The plane’s engines fail and it crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Only Zamperini, the pilot “Phil” Phillips (Domhnall Gleeso … [Read more...]


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