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

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"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!

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  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

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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...]

“The Way, Way Back” is the summer movie to see

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In this summer's gentle and extremely funny and touching coming of age film, Steve Carrell plays Trent,who is a real jerk under the guise of being future husband and step-father material. And he gives up comedy and hands that crown to Sam Rockwell and team at the coastal splash park where 14 year-old Duncan (Liam Jones) gets a job to get out of the beach house where he, his mom (Toni Collette) and Trent's daughter are staying.The film opens with the two adults and teens driving in a vintage … [Read more...]

Catholics in the Movies: a history

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I'd like to recommend my friend Dr. Pat McNamera's Blog  and his special series on Catholics in the Movies. So far he has posted bios about Nita Naldi and Maurice Costello who appeared in 280 movies. Fascinating stuff from my favorite historian of all things Catholic.    … [Read more...]

“Space Warriors” family film premieres Friday, May 31, Hallmark Channel 8/7

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Hallmark ChannelFriday, May 31, 20138/7Jimmy Hawkins (Thomas Horn) is the son of a retired NASA astronaut, Captain Andy Hawkins (Dermot Mulroney) who once worked on the International Space Station.  Jimmy lives with his mom, Sally (Mira Sorvino), who is divorced from Andy.Jimmy love astrophysics and has always dreamed of being an astronaut and against his parents’ wishes, secretly applies to attend a special summer camp session at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama. Th … [Read more...]

“Rebel” tells of Cuban woman who fought in Civil War (PBS Friday May 24)

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REBEL: Story of Cuban woman who fought in the Civil WarVoces series on PBSFriday, May 24, 201310PM ET (check local listings)Loreta Janeta Velasquez, born in Cuba in 1842, was one of an estimated 1000 women who disguised themselves as men to fight on both sides in the American Civil War.   The “politics of national memory” marginalized and challenged her story from the time she published her story in 1876, “A Woman in Battle.”  The book is still in print. This episode of “Voces” a … [Read more...]

Arts & Faith at Loyola Press Interview

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A few weeks ago a blog writer for Loyola Press contacted me for an interview for their "Arts & Faith" page. Here is the interview - thank you so much, Loyola Press (Elizabeth Elliott and Rosemary Lane).Catholic Nun and Film Critic Finds God's Grace at Movies   … [Read more...]


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