“Alone Yet Not Alone” a one-sided telling of a true story

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  "Alone, Yet Not Alone" is inspired a true story based on the 2012 fictional biography, "Alone Yet Not Alone: Their faith became their freedom" by Tracy Leininger Craven. The story is about two of Craven's ancestors Barbara and Regina Leininger who were captured by indigenous people in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763).  The girls and their family had come to America from Germany. The Delaware Indians took the girls (and other captives) over 300 miles into … [Read more...]

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ explores complex themes (but bring ear plugs)

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  Of all the comic-book-turned-into-movie superheroes, Spider-Man has always been my favorite. Despite the launch of this new franchise in 2012 with director Marc Webb at the helm, my favorite film about the araneae homo is Sam Raimi's 2004 "Spider-Man 2." It's one of the best interpretations of creator Stan Lee's teenage hero as a young man of character and virtue. Ten years later, we have "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro," and the title says almost everything about … [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...]

“Noah” my on camera review

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Here's my on camera review of NOAH on the INNdustry with Sister Rose. It goes along with my print review that you can read HERE at my blog with a link through to NCROnline.   … [Read more...]

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

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  "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 … [Read more...]

A decade later “The Passion of the Christ” still raises questions of anti-semitism

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  Feb. 25 will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of Mel Gibson's hugely successful and controversial "The Passion of the Christ." Right after Christmas, I had the opportunity to sit down with two friends, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, director of interfaith affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and Yvonne Gomez, a Christian research consultant, to watch "The Passion of the Christ." Back in 2004, I reviewed "The Passion of the Christ" as a horror film, and this … [Read more...]

“Veiled Desires” reveals the inner realities of cinematic sisters (book review)

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  VEILED DESIRES: INTIMATE PORTRAYALS OF NUNS IN POSTWAR ANGLO-AMERICAN FILM By Maureen A. Sabine Published by Fordham University Press, $30 Sometimes there can be a sacramental quality about cinema. When movies tell stories well, they become outward manifestations that transcend the inner realities of their characters in ways that touch the audience. Maureen Sabine has written a masterful book that reveals the sacramentality of cinema about religious women. She is confident of her … [Read more...]

Savior on the Silver Screen – or – Meeting Jesus at the Movies

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Meeting Jesus at the movies might seem impossible to some … but this session will look at sacramental ways to find God in the dark and secrets to discovering heroes who exemplify the teaching of the Lord Jesus in laughter and tears. It includes an analysis of "The Hunger Games" film as a cultural parable that engages the sacramental imagination (with thanks to Sr. Nancy Usslemann, FSP) This presentation was given at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Nov. 22, … [Read more...]


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