‘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...]

‘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...]


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