‘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...]

‘Journey to the Planet Earth: Extreme Realities’ premieres on PBS tonight Dec. 15, 2014

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A new episode of "Journey to Planet Earth" narrated by Oscar-winner Matt Damon, premieres tonight on PBS and takes a cold, hard look at climate change, especially global warming: the "Extreme Realities" of climate change.But it’s not just the melting of the polar ice cap and the rising of ocean levels and temperatures that concerns scientists. In “Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities” the filmmakers examine the potential – and real - geo-political security threat caused by climate chang … [Read more...]

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is stunning but barely concedes the miraculous

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 A scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (Twentieth Century Fox/Kerry Brown) Director Ridley Scott's most recent epic, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," attempts to tell the biblical story of Moses from about the time he learns he is a Hebrew until he receives the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. It concludes with him as an old man, riding in a cart with the Ark of the Covenant, as the Hebrew people wander in the desert. I use the word "attempt" because the film is an artistic extrapolation of … [Read more...]

‘The Railway Man’ is a powerful story of a wounded soul

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"The Railway Man" is probably the best film you haven't seen this year.From the time he was a boy, Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine) always loved trains in his native Scotland. After World War II, he memorized timetables and had a keen interest in the railway system of Great Britain.One day in 1980, while taking his seat on a train, Lomax (played as an older man by Colin Firth) meets Patti Wallace (Nicole Kidman), and they strike up a friendship that eventually leads to love and marriage, … [Read more...]

Hollywood’s hidden Christmas gems

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 What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.The question of what makes a movie ideal for Christmas, the day we commemorate and celebrate Jesus’ birth, is subjective. It often depends completely on the audience—among my Facebook friends, for instance, the 1988 thriller Die Hard came out as an unlikely favorite when I recently posted this question. But come to think of it, John McTiernan’s action movie starrin … [Read more...]

“The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” is more reality show than – reality

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From left: Eseni Ellington, Sr. Beth Ann Dillon, and Claire Halbur in "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns." (Scott Gries) Lifetime's latest original series, "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns," is a six-parter about five young Catholic women who are supposedly discerning whether or not to become nuns -- or, better and more accurately, sisters or women religious.While all nuns are sisters, not all sisters are nuns. But let's not be picky.There has always been and probably always will be much … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose guest “help” on a cooking show – Thanksgiving treat (and laugh!)

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From the National Catholic Reporter about my stint on the Jesuit IN Network show "Pre-Prans with Ruthie" and making Grape & Gorgonzola Truffles. We laughed so much! "Want to add something special to your Thanksgiving feast? Look no further! NCR contributor and host of The IN Network's INNdustry with Sr. Rose, Sr. Rose Pacatte and Ruthie Blacksea joined forces to make savory grape and gorgonzola truffles on this special Thanksgiving edition of Pre-Prans with Ruthie. In addition to the … [Read more...]

Vatican Museum movie in 3D

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 One of our Sisters in Boston, Sr. Margaret Joseph to be precise, shared this information today. I think this will be quite an experience!Fathom Events, SpectiCast and Nexo Digital are delighted to bring the world’s greatest art collection to the big screen for the first time when The Vatican Museums 3D comes to select cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, December 10.Presented in RealD 3D (2D showings available in select locations), The Vatican Museums 3D takes a … [Read more...]

‘Waking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” gets theatrical release

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I was so blessed to have interviewed director Lydia Smith about her new film, a documentary on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The film is now showing Los Angeles and I believe the DVD will be available soon.Check out my review of the film  HERE.Here's my interview with Lydia Smith on the INNdustry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork:This is from Laemmle about the film's theatrical release:Laemmle Theatres is pleased to present the documentary WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO … [Read more...]

‘Diplomacy’ and the artist’s imagination

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It is August 1944. The aging Nazi Général von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) has been posted to Paris after rising through the ranks during the war and killing thousands of Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The Allies have landed on the French coast and are a couple of days away from Paris. Hitler has commanded von Choltitz to destroy the city. Bombs crash in the distance. Alone in his luxurious hotel room, von Choltitz is shocked when a man appears out of nowhere and uses a secret passage the Nazis never d … [Read more...]


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