“Blackfish” examines the tragedy of orcas in captivity

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Tilikum, a longtime star of SeaWorld, is an orca that was captured near Iceland in 1983 at about 3 years of age. During these 30 years in captivity, Tilikum has killed three people and seriously injured another. Blackfish is a documentary by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite that traces the origins and development of Tilikum’s aggressive behavior and asks probing questions about the morality of capturing and keeping wild animals for entertainment and profit. Through interviews with former … [Read more...]

Trouble with the Curve, Hotel Transylvania,The Perks of Being a Wallflower,

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    This small movie is about the relationship between a grumpy, growling, aging baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves, Gus (Clint Eastwood), and his lawyer-daughter Mickey (Amy Adams). When Gus’ friend Pete (John Goodman) alerts Mickey to Gus’ eyesight problems, she joins her dad to scout players in North Carolina, jeopardizing her promotion to partner at her law firm. Father and daughter spar, but they love each other—and the game—even though Mickey, named for … [Read more...]

Summer Film Retreat

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  Looking at movies and the stories they tell through the lens of faith and spirituality is one of my favorite ways to pray. If you cannot make it to a retreat house you might consider making a living room retreat in your own home. In the July issue of St. Anthony Messenger (I have been reviewing movies for the magazine since June, 2003) I offer a what, why, and how approach to making room for God during the "dog days of summer": Summer Film Retreat 2012 For Lent this year, the … [Read more...]

Summer “cinema divina” retreat at home!

My column this month outlines how you can make a retreat from your seat if you are unable to a retreat house. For Lent this year, the Pauline Center for Media Studies hosted a six-part weekly program using The Way, starring Martin Sheen. In the film written and directed by Sheen’s son, Emilio Estevez, Sheen plays Tom Avery, a widower who travels to France to bring home the body of his son who died in an accident. Tom discovers his son had just set out to make the 800-kilometer pilgrimage to … [Read more...]

Jesus at the Movies

      Movies featuring the life of Jesus have been around almost since the beginning of cinema. The first narrative film about his life was a series of shorts edited by Lucien Nonguet. Historian Charles Keil described these early attempts as a “series of tableaux, autonomous units.” It was up to the viewer to knit the narrative together in his or her imagination. In his book Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ Figures in Film (1997), Lloyd Baugh makes a distinction … [Read more...]

The Mighty Macs

The St. Anthony Messenger November 2011 issue has a feature about the story that inspired the film. Check it out!  Here's my review: THE MIGHTY MACS (not yet rated): It is the early 1970s, at the dawn of the women's movement and just before Title IX programs for athletics were extended to women. The president and mother superior (Ellen Burstyn, W.) of the small Catholic all-girls Immaculata College, northwest of Philadelphia, hires a new basketball coach, Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino, Race to … [Read more...]

The Cinema of Adoption

  To go along with National Adoption Month in the US, here is a link to my column On Faith and Media in St. Anthony Messenger magazine. Some of the movies I talk about are Secrets and Lies, Juno, Heaven on Earth, Daughter of Danang, Superman, etc.       … [Read more...]

On Faith and Media – my new video blog!

        On Faith and Media Here's my new film review video blog on AmericanCatholic.org!  Sr. Rose finds seeds of the gospel in today's film scene. In her reviews of both cinema blockbusters and independent films and documentaries, she shares her passion for the best in today's popular culture. … [Read more...]

Sister Rose YouTube Channel

A few weeks ago I began reviewing current films for American Catholic.org It is the online, continually updated version of St. Anthony Messenger. I am also doing a weekly "Faith & Media: segment for American Catholic Radio on the Franciscan Media site Stop by and visit!! Here's my review of the new Harry Potter film. To subscribe to these weekly updates, visit http://www.Youtube.com/sisterroseACO   … [Read more...]


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