“Son of God” on DVD tomorrow with features

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 With the release of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s  “Son of God” on DVD viewers  and catechists will be able to add a fresh version of the complete life of Christ to their movie collection.I interviewed the couple, who are married and are active Catholics, and reviewed the film on my online program “The INNdustry with Sister Rose” in the INNetwork when the film opened in February.And last week I had the chance to be present at the press day with Roma Downey in view of the releas … [Read more...]

“Maleficent” – I really liked this movie

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 In a time long ago, on the moors of a far away land, all  manner of fairies, pixies, and magical creatures lived happily together led by a young girl named Maleficent  (Isobel Malloy).  One day she meets a human coming through the hedges. It is Stefan (Jackson Bews). The two young people become friends. When they grow up Stefan assists the king beyond the moors and Maleficent leads her kingdom.The king tries to attack the fairy kingdom and fails. As he lays dying he promises his cr … [Read more...]

“Rio 2″

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 (This is coming a little late as it is from my column in St. Anthony Messenger, June 2012. Subscribers received the magazine about 10 days ago):Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway), rare blue macaws, have settled down in Rio de Janeiro with their three kids, Carla (Rachel Crow), Bia (Amandla Stenberg), and Tiago (Pierce Gagnon). They perch on the extended arms of the statue of Christ that overlooks the bay. Blu’s former owner, Linda (Leslie Mann), is now married to T … [Read more...]

“Amazing Spider-Man 2″

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(This is from my column at St. Anthony Messenger, June 2014 issue)It’s graduation day for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), but Peter is late because, as Spider-Man, he is saving the city from thieves who have stolen plutonium. Gwen is the high school valedictorian, and she speaks movingly about hope. Our hero arrives just in time to get his diploma after saving Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who works for Oscorp Industries, where Peter’s dad, Richard (Campbell Scott), use … [Read more...]

“Million Dollar Arm” is a unique people-baseball movie

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J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is a Los Angeles-based sports agent who has branched out on his own with his business partner, Ash (Aasif Mandvi), but things have not been going well. When they fail to sign a big-name athlete, J.B. is inspired to go to India to look for the next baseball star. He convinces Chang (Tzi Ma) to finance a reality show in India where young men compete for the chance to come to the United States to try out for a contract in Major League Baseball.After a few months, J.B. … [Read more...]

Nuns and social media: link to Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”

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Here's the link to "Social Sisters" that aired on Al Jazeera's Online show "The Stream" yesterday   This is so last minute but you can join the conversation about nuns and social media on Al Jazeera's "The Stream"  at 3PM ET/12 noon PT. If they post the entire program after I will post the link here.On Thursday, May 29 at 19:30 GMT: Tweeting nuns. Pop singing nuns. Activist nuns. The Catholic Church is not what it used to be, … [Read more...]

Mother Dolores Hart to host TCM tonight: “Lisa”, “Laura”, “The Song of Bernadette” and “The Rose Tatoo”

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I so meant to post this last week! As you probably know, Mother Dolores published her autobiography last year: and I wrote about her coming to our Pauline Book & Media Center in Culver City in my blog. What a grand time it was!Click here for  Turner Classic Movies website .Here's a preview of "Lisa":   … [Read more...]

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” returns to familiar franchise themes

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   Somehow, I think the Transformers franchise started a trend in "look" even to Noah's prehistoric giants.The violence inherent in all the images is more troublesome.   I have always liked the X-Men film franchise. This most recent installment, again directed by Bryan Singer, revisits themes of predestination and free will, courage and hope, intolerance of "the other",  abuse of power, consequences of atomic bomb fallout (but … [Read more...]

“Last Comic Standing” premiere was very, very good

The judges of NBC's 2014 "Last Comic Standing": Russell Peters, Roseann Barr, Keenan Ivory Wayans

As an sort-of alumnus of "Last Comic Standing" (Season 5, Episode 7) where I was actually paid scale for being one of several persons the comedians had to make laugh in order to get votes to advance (I am still getting residuals; the last check was for 8 cents after taxes), I wanted to see if the new version of LCS would be actual comedy and not just a series of quick lines intended to shock a snort from audiences. (If you recall, the one comic was so gross that I made the sign of the cross over … [Read more...]

“Timbuktu” takes Ecumenical Prize at Cannes

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  by Abderrahmane Sissakoa  From the press release: This film tells the story of the life and dignified resistance of men and women in Timbuktu who seek to live according to their culture and traditions while at the same time integrating modern communication media. The film is a strong yet nuanced denunciation of an extremist interpretation of religion. The Ecumenical Jury Prize honours the film's high artistic achievement and its humour and restraint. While offering a critique of … [Read more...]


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