‘Love Finds You in Valentine’ just in time for Valentines Day

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 Kennedy Blaine (Michaela McManus) is 25 years old and about to take the California Bar Exam, when she inherits a ranch in rural Nebraska. Part of the stipulation of the will is that she visit the ranch before she sells it, which everyone expects her to do, including the ranch’s long-time accountant. Her mother had eloped with her father years before and Gabriel Morgan (Ed Asner) has never forgiven his daughter, even though she is now deceased.  Gabriel treats his granddaughter Kennedy r … [Read more...]

“Jesus and the Bullies” Sr. Rose talks about the new film “The Young Messiah”

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The Young Messiah is a new film directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-written by Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Nowrasteh. It's based on the Anne Rice novel "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt."   Adam Greaves-Neal, Sean Bean, David Bradley, Lee Boardman, Jonathan Bailey, and David Burke all star in the film and I was lucky enough to visit the set at CineCitta' in Rome in November 2014 during the filming.This is the story about the first seven years of Jesus' life, from the flight into Egypt to the Holy … [Read more...]

‘The Choice’ film is a positive contribution to the culture

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One summer in Georgia coastal Low Country, a young medical resident, Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer), rents a house next to Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker) who parties late and loud and seems to have girls coming and going. Gabby wants to study and is not impressed; irritated by all the noise, she confronts Travis. Travis, with his lazy smile, is an inveterate flirt, but no amount of sweet-talk seems to get through to Gabby. At first.When her boyfriend, Dr. Ryan McCarthy (Tom Welling) goes out … [Read more...]

“No Más Bebés” (no more babies) a must-see in an election year

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"No Más Bebés" (no more babies) tells a little-known but powerful story about a group of Latina women who banned together in a class-action lawsuit in 1975, Madrigal v. Quilligan, over their forced sterilizations at the Los Angeles County General Hospital in the 1960s and '70s. It airs Feb. 1 on PBS.However, limiting poor and ethnic populations was already a government-supported effort, and there was plenty of federal funding to be had. Walter Cronkite reported the story of how shocked the p … [Read more...]

“Concussion” rethinking football

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Based on true events, Nigerian-born Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) is a university researcher and forensic pathologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When former Steelers great Mike Webster (David Morse) develops dementia and dies, homeless, in 2002, Omalu discovers through brain-tissue analysis that “Iron Mike” had sustained significant brain trauma, a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). After finding the same injury when analyzing the brain tissue of other deceased football p … [Read more...]

Reflections for a Laudato Si’ Film Festival

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 "Have you ever wondered what would happen, if all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest, most creative people in the world decided to actually change it?" —"Tomorrowland"In last summer's dystopian blockbuster "Mad Max: Fury Road" the character Nux exclaims, "We are not to blame!" to which The Splendid Angharad replies, "Then who killed the world?"Pope Francis' prophetic encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" is dated May 24, 2015, Pentecost S … [Read more...]

‘Ricki and the Flash’ fails to sparkle

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So two of my sisters went to a Rick Springfield concert last week in Reno and since I am still on vacation with one of my sisters we watched "Ricki and the Flash" starring Rick Springfield this past weekend.I really did want to see it when it was in theaters but was not able to. Now I was happy to let my sister pay for the VOD and I didn't have to buy a Los Angeles priced ticket.Despite being written by Diablo Cody ("Juno") and directed by Jonathan Demme ("Rachel Getting Married") and … [Read more...]

‘In the Heart of the Sea’ – epic story epic film

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In 1850 the writer Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw) visits Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) on Nantucket island off the coast of Massachusetts to discover the truth about The Essex, a whaling vessel that was reported shipwrecked thirty years before but rumors continue to circulate that this is not what happened; indeed, it’s destruction was beyond imagining. When Nickerson was young (Tom Holland) he had been a cabin boy on The Essex and he has never told anyone, not even his wife, the story that c … [Read more...]

‘Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way’ and People of God Series for stocking stuffers!

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As you may know my biography of Martin Sheen came out in February, 2015 (Liturgical Press). It's part of the wonderful People of God series of  compelling biographies about Catholics living and dead. The books are all about the same length (130 pages), the same size (about 5x8), the cost is the same $12.95 and the cover art is by the same artist. The series looks so good and the stories are well-written, interesting, and great for parish, high school, and college libraries.And if the … [Read more...]

‘The Good Dinosaur’ is a visual treat

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 So what if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Never fear, Disney/Pixar has an animated answer for you. Reaching back in history, just as humanoids were beginning to walk upright, dinosaurs, namely of the Apatosaurus species that roamed the North American northwest in the late Jurassic period, were talking, raising corn by creating furrows with their snozzles, chopping wood with their tails, storing … [Read more...]


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