Cesar Chavez – my on camera review


Here's my online video review of "Cesar Chavez" along with insights and excellent comments by the director Diego Luna and Cesar Chavez' son Paul Chavez. This goes along well with my written review from The Tidings last week. Click here for the print review    … [Read more...]

Vote for your favorite 2013 movie, star, director at “Reader Selection Award” at Patheos


  As you may know, the religion blog web portal "Patheos" has an Entertainment Channel (where my blog lives) with many film critics from various faith communities sharing about their favorite films. We would like to ask you to weigh in and vote for the "Reader SelectionAward" - CLICK HERE to vote.According to editor Rebecca Cusey, "The Patheos Movie Awards (aka the #Pathies) will be announced February 26, 2014."The Nominees are: Best Picture of 201312 Years a … [Read more...]

“Gimme Shelter” star Vanessa Hudgens on her role as a homeless, pregnant teen


I previewed "Gimme Shelter" yesterday; it comes out in January just around National Right to Life Day. This is based on a true story of  Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), one of the thousands of teens and women who are pregnant and homeless helped by a Catholic Christian laywoman Kathy DeFiore (Ann Dowd, who played a nun in the TV series "Nothing Sacred"). Kathy's work is extraordinary; the homes she has founded have helped women give birth to over 60,000 babies. My review will come out later but you can … [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...]

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is haunting but ripe for discussion


In the months after "winning" the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are back home, living with their families at the Victors' Village in District 12. Their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), has his own house there, too.Katniss and Peeta are preparing to embark on their Victory Tour. Katniss meets with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her soul mate who is now working in the mines and becoming more and more angry at what the … [Read more...]

My interview with director Nancy Tong on the INNetwork


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“Grace Unplugged” opens tomorrow: my review and interviews with the cast and director


"Grace Unplugged", a coming of age film with Christian themes and a killer soundtrack, opens in theaters tomorrow, October 4th. Sr. Rose reviews "Grace Unplugged" and talks with its director and stars: AJ Michalka, James Denton, Shawnee Smith, Kevin Pollock. To learn more and for showtimes visit www.graceunplugged.com.  … [Read more...]

You know that book I’ve been working on for 7 years? Lights, Camera, Faith: Beatitudes and Deadly Sins? It’s finished!


  Yes, it is finished. The fifth volume in the series Lights, Camera Faith by my co-author Peter Malone, MSH and me. Click here to see the other volumes. And it's not like Peter didn't do his work: he was finished long ago. I was the one who got behind and involved in many other projects. And gave in to writer's block when all it took was a clean desk and the will to do it! So the manuscript is off to the editor. Sure there will be corrections and other steps but the … [Read more...]

‘Family values’ entertainment needs to also tell great stories

rom left: David Alan Grier, Anika Noni Rose, Skai Jackson, Harrison Knight, Bryce Clyde Jenkins and Wood Harris star in Walden Family Theater’s film “The Watsons go to Birmingham,” scheduled to air on the Hallmark Channel in September. (©Crown Media United States, LLC)

There has been some interesting activity regarding faith-based entertainment this summer, including a summit between Hollywood and faith-based production companies, an analysis by the Vatican's newspaper of comic book superheroes, and the June 22 announcement by former U.S. senator and one-time GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum that he is now the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas company that will produce faith-based and family productions across all platforms.I was present at the wel … [Read more...]