“No Place on Earth” is the incredible story of Ukraine’s holocaust survivors

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In 1993 Chris Nicola, a cave explorer from Queens, NY, was in western Ukraine to research his family tree. While there he decided to explore some the country’s famous Gypsum Giant caves that extend for about 77 miles underground. In fact, he was the first person to ever do so. Deep in one of the caves he came across some artifacts: a cup, a shoe, a comb, buttons, medicine bottles.  He realized that these items belonged to someone, were part of someone’s life and started to ask questions. Finally … [Read more...]

“To the Wonder” yearning to feel life

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 When writer/director Terrence Malick’s latest cinematic painting unfolds Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kuryenko), playfully cross the causeway to Mont St. Michel at low tide. They visit the old monastery. Neil says nothing but Marina reflects on love and wonders what will come next.They go from France to Oklahoma, with Marina’s daughter, Tatiana (Tatiana Chiline). The house is new, empty, and though almost sterile, filled with light. Marina and Tatiana begin to adapt, but Mar … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert film critic dies

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Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert are shown in a 1994 file photo.(Photo: Associated Press) Today American film critic, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013), died at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for eleven years.  He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” was with fellow critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune who died in 1999) and his online j … [Read more...]

Plato comes to life in DreamWorks “The Croods”

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 In "The Croods," the prehistoric caveman Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage) is the head of the Crood family. These beings believe they are the only creatures of their kind in existence. They live somewhere on the earth in a dark cave and only go out during the day if necessary. Grug tells the younger members of the family -- Eep (voice of Emma Stone), Thunk (voice of Clark Duke) and Sandy (Randy Thom) -- the same bedtime story every night: Obey the rules of the cave that are marked on … [Read more...]

“Francis and the Sultan” documentary released with great timing

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 When it was announced March 13 that the church had a new pope who had taken the name Francis, the first thing that popped into my head was, "St. Francis was the first one to reach out to Islam." This fact had just recently had been reinforced when I screened a new documentary from Franciscan Media, "In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: a Model for Peacemaking."Talk about great timing for the release of this two-part DVD written and produced by Franciscan Sr. Kathleen A. … [Read more...]

“Oz the Great and Wonderful” is about the wizard of ‘id’

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 "Oz the Great and Powerful" opens with Oscar "Oz" Diggs (James Franco), a self-centered small-time carnival magician and would-be ladies' man in Kansas more than a century ago. He tries to woo young women by including them in his shows, just as he tries to con the meager profits out of his assistant, Frank (Zach Braff). As the show is about to begin, Annie (Michelle Williams), perhaps the one woman Oscar truly loves, comes to tell him another man has asked her to marry him. She … [Read more...]

‘Beyond the Hills’ finds the devil in ignorance, fear

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In "Beyond the Hills," a young woman, Alina (Cristina Flutur), returns home to Romania after living and working in Germany for several years. She visits her childhood friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), who is a novice in a Greek Orthodox monastery in a remote area. Both women were raised in a state orphanage and seem to have had an intimate relationship in their teen years that Alina now wants to rekindle. Voichita, however, wants to be kind but is focused on dedicating her life to God and … [Read more...]

So you have a movie idea? Want to write a script?

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"So You Have a Movie Idea?" Quite frequently I receive requests to read scripts and story ideas from people who have written scripts, are starting to write one, or want to write one.For a while I was consulting on scripts but discovered that 99.9% of those who contacted me really didn't want a critique or analysis as much as they wanted me to tell them they were on to something great. The truth is, good will and passion count, but they are not enough to create a great script.It takes a … [Read more...]

The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition “Zero Dark Thirty” “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Argo”

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  The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition: Zero Dark ThirtyThe INNdustry with Sister Rose: Oscars Edition: Beasts of the Southern WildThe INNdustry with Sister Rose: Oscars Edition: Argo … [Read more...]


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