“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...]

Mother Dolores Hart makes the front page in the Culver City News: book signing 6/29 here 1-4pm

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  Culver City was once home to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, old Hollywood style successes and has had its share of controversy, including the young actress who turned her back on Hollywood to join a convent. Dolores Hart, the first to kiss Elvis Presley on the screen and the top-billing actress in MGM's highest grossing 1960 movie Where the Boys Are has come back to town, 50 years after her last movie. The former starlet left behind the glitz and stardom to answer to a higher … [Read more...]

The “Apostles Creed” in Hollywood … it keeps coming up

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A few years ago, in early 2006, Jonathan Bock, the president of Grace Hill Media, a firm that markets major motion pictures to the faith audience, arranged for a panel presentation about Christianity to both the Los Angeles and New York administrative and creative support teams for New Line Cinema. New Line Cinema had just signed on to produce "The Nativity Story," and there was interest in making sure everyone involved understood what this story would mean to millions of viewers. Jonathan … [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 … [Read more...]

Where are the irises gone? An Easter poem with greetings from Sr. Rose

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  Are the irises dead Have they lost their bloom? Are they shrunken and shriveled Are they gone so soon?   Is their deep purple less And their curl no more? Have the irises drooped Taking color from my world?   Or do they live In rich purple blues? Do they sand alert Catching spring’s early dew?   First the bold crocus breaks Hard winter’s dirt Then the scented hyacinth With springtime flirts   And my … [Read more...]

Pope Francis speaks to journalists about his name, wanting a church that is poor, and role of media

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    This morning Pope Francis revealed why he chose the name Francis and then spoke encouraging words to 5,000 members of the press who have been covering the events of the last weeks since Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his retirement. Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter has been in Rome covering the conclave and wrote the following this morning: Pope Francis: I would love a church that is poor. In another post NCR added the complete text of the … [Read more...]

New pope? Be the first to find out

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I just signed up! Now praying that the smoke will turn white during the day. We have a relay set up between the mom of one of our sisters on the east coast. Since the first burning will be about 10:30am on Wednesday, March 13 ROME time, it will be 5:30am ET, and 2:30am PT. So mom will text - we know she'll be prompt! But this website might work, too. Come Holy Spirit... … [Read more...]

Les Miserables: a conversation about what the movie means

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      Here's is a conversation that I had with radio host Sharon DiCicca of Toronto's Radio Maria. Sharon is a wonderful host and producer and I think you will enjoy this show.  HMWN Radio Maria is a Canadian Catholic Radio Station based in Toronto. This is a link to the HMWN Radio Maria Audio Archives: Click here for the audio file: In conversation about the 2012 film"Les Miserables". -- Sharon DiCecco says:  -- -- To love another person is to see the face … [Read more...]

Little Red Wagon the movie

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      As Hurricane Charlie bears down on Tampa, FL in 2004, 7 year-old Zach Bonner (Chandler Canterbury), his mom, Laurie (Anna Gunn), and big sister 16 year-old Kelley (Daveigh Chase), board up the house and lay in supplies to wait out the storm.  But the storm changes direction leaving the Bonners will a lot of bottled water. When Zach sees on television the devastation in Punta Gorde, FL and learns that 20,000 people are homeless and suffering, he suggests that … [Read more...]

Want to be a film critic?

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When I watch films for review I am attracted by two elements: relationships and mystery. Relationships between people, communities, or nations in this universe and beyond, or a mixture of any and all. The conflicts that provide the drama and drive the action can be resolved in so many ways but I am always looking at the human struggle and the human and Gospel values that underpin the resolution of the conflict or the denouement. I am always looking for grace – for the characters and for … [Read more...]


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