’90 Minutes in Heaven’ cannot be saved

"90 Minutes in Heaven" is based on Dan Piper's 2004 New York Times best-selling real-life experience story.Director Michael Polish's new film, simply put, is no match for the book and is proof that some books should never, ever be made into films.Don Piper (Hayden Christensen) is on his way home from a Christian conference in Texas in 1989 when he's involved in a terrible accident on a bridge. He flatlines and by the time he is in the hospital and resuscitated, he has spent 90 minutes in … [Read more...]

‘Woman in Gold’ is a first-rate detective story that unravels a decades-old mystery

"Woman in Gold" is a David-and-Goliath story. When the sister of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) dies in Los Angeles, she chats with an old family friend from Vienna about some information she found in her sister's belongings. Maria's friend says her son, Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a young lawyer with time on his hands, might be able to help her. Randol shows up at Maria's home near Beverly Hills. Although he is reluctant, he listens to her story about a famous painting of her aunt, Adele … [Read more...]

“The Imitation Game” is my favorite film of the year

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a young mathematician with an IQ almost equal to Albert Einstein’s, answers an ad to work for the British government in 1939 when England declares war on Germany. He joins a team of code breakers at the topsecret facility at Bletchley Park.After months of futile efforts to break the Nazi “Enigma Code,” Turing entreats Winston Churchill to name him team leader so he can build what turns out to be a prototype of a modern computer. Turing’s vision is credited … [Read more...]

‘Walking with the Enemy’ shines light on little-known Holocaust story

In Budapest, Hungary, head of state Regent Miklós Horthy (Ben Kingsley) was trapped between the Russians on the east and the Nazis from Germany on the west. He was forced to join the Axis in 1941. The first massacre of Hungarian Jews occurred in August that year. After a defeat on the Russian front in 1943, Hitler demanded that the regent punish the 800,000 still living in Hungary and insisted that 10,000 Jews be for supplied for slave labor. This is where "Walking with the Enemy" … [Read more...]

“Haters of the Lost Ark” Jon Stewart finds “God” in “Noah”

   I must say that Jon Stewart takes some of the bite out of the controversy about filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's film "Noah" that came out on March 28.  Stewart's commentary and his choice sound bites from some commentators are nothing less than hilarious. By the way, "Noah" made almost $200 million worldwide already meaning that many people have gone to see it and are most likely talking about it and perhaps reading the Bible to check out the Book of … [Read more...]

“Son of God” to sweep theaters nationwide on February 28 – and my review

As The Hollywood Reporter noted in an article on February 12, "Son of God: Church Leaders Buying Out Theaters for Screenings," thousands of people across the country will be seeing producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's new film that tells the life of Christ when it opens on February 28. Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles and Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, DC have endorsed the film.Here's my review on "The INNdustry with Sister Rose" on the Jesuit run INNetwork  where I ask Roma and Mark how m … [Read more...]

“Faustina” at Good Shepherd Church Tuesday, January 21

If you are in town I hope you can come to this event tomorrow night, Jan. 21, 2014, at Good Shepherd Parish in Beverly Hills. I am sorry this image is so small! But you can see the website for more information: Divine Mercy Drama."Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy" is a one woman play. Take a look at the YouTube preview:        … [Read more...]

“Like Father, Like Son” What happens when two boys are switched at birth

 Ryota Nonomya (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a high-powered businessman in Tokyo. He lives with his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) and their six-year old son Kieta (Keita Ninomiya) in a high rise condo.  They are very well off and the parents make sure that Keita always behaves well. Ryoto, in fact, is quite demanding of young Keita.One day the parents receive a telephone call that turns their world upside down.  The blood tests taken before Keita begins at a private school show that they are n … [Read more...]

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: my review on The Industry with Sr. Rose on the INNetwork

 Sister Rose reviews the second installment of The Hunger Games, released on November 22nd. Hear why the film “haunted” her days after seeing it.About “The INNdustry with Sister Rose”: The INNdustry is an IN Network Original Series featuring movie reviews and interviews with filmmakers, authors, and other media personas. Take a look at the entertainment industry, faith, and life through Sister Rose colored glasses.    … [Read more...]


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