‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is a love story for our time

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley star in "The Fault in Our Stars." (CNS/Fox)

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is in her 17th year of life and fourth year of thyroid cancer. The chemo has severely damaged her lungs, so she needs constant oxygen. She doesn't go anywhere without the tank and plastic tether that keeps her going.Her mom, Frannie (Laura Dern), drops a less-than-enthusiastic Hazel off at the local Episcopal church so she can join in a support group for teens coping with cancer. The group leader, Patrick (Mike Birbiglia), is a cancer survivor who … [Read more...]

“Heaven is For Real” my interviews with Greg Kinnear, Thomas Haden Church & Randall Wallace

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Here is my on camera review of "Heaven is for Real" for "The Industry with Sister Rose" on the INNetwork plus my interviews with Randall Wallace, the Burpo family, Greg Kinnear and Thomas Haden Church. This is a movie about hope, faith, and love. My longer print review is here: Heaven is for Real is a compelling story not a sermon in a can … [Read more...]

Cesar Chavez’ last fast frames new documentary

Ethel Kennedy gives Communion to Cesar Chavez as he ends the 36 day fast that frames the documentary "Cesar's Last Fast"

If you ask director and filmmaker Richard Ray Perez if the story of Cesar Chavez chose him or if he chose to tell Chavez's story, he would say both.Following the screening of his new film, "Cesar's Last Fast," at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film Showcase March 14, he told the audience that when he was 5 years old in the late 1960s, he first became aware of the table grape boycott while eating lunch at Head Start.Perez came from a family of migrant workers, but it was a … [Read more...]

“Heaven is for Real” is a compelling story, not a canned sermon

Connor Corum in "Heaven Is For Real" (CNS/Sony)

By now, most people know that I am not a fan of the "Christian" movie genre when these films are more about teaching than storytelling and making sure audiences get "the message" rather than trusting them to use their own moral and religious imagination to savor the story. These films might be movies, but they are certainly not art. In response to the film "God's Not Dead," I wrote an essay called "How movies can save people," and I make the distinction between "Christian" genre films that are … [Read more...]

I AM with director Tom Shadyac LENTEN FILM SERIES Week 5

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 Today's latest episode of our Lenten Film Series from the INNdustry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork features director/filmmaker Tom Shadyac (known for his comedies Liar, Liar; Bruce Almighty; Evan Almighty; Ace Ventura Pet Detective) talking about a serious brain injury and how it changed his life. His film I AM follows his journey - perfect for Lent.Click HERE for the film clip and my interview with Tom.Hope your Lenten journey is filled with peace and … [Read more...]

“Desert Wedding” a bridezilla’s wedding day – Episode 4 Lenten Film Series

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 Watch what happens to this bride-to-be, Marissa, on her wedding day in the desert - it turns out to be a real desert experience. This is our fourth week!  Click here to see the entire Lenten Film Series … [Read more...]

Champions of Faith: Mike Sweeney Newest episode of the Lenten Film Series

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  Here is Episode 2 of our Lenten Film Series; I hope you are finding the series as inspirational as the stories and the interviews with filmmakers are.You can go right to the INNetwork website or click on the episode (and questions for reflection and conversation) about major league baseball's Mike Sweeney and the interview with filmmaker Tom Allen.   … [Read more...]

A Rising Tide of Silence – a gentle doc on Thomas Keating

Trappist priest Thomas Keating

 "Thomas Keating: a Rising Tide of Silence" gently documents the life of Fr. Thomas Keating, integrating his personal history and spiritual journey in a compelling blend of interviews with him and his Cistercian brothers, footage of Keating’s talks at interreligious gatherings, interaction with people who come on retreat, and in one case, his visits to Jens Soering, a prisoner serving life for double murder.  Over time, Keating’s “centering prayer” method influenced Soering to live h … [Read more...]


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