Roger Ebert film critic dies

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Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert are shown in a 1994 file photo.(Photo: Associated Press) Today American film critic, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013), died at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for eleven years.  He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” was with fellow critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune who died in 1999) and his online j … [Read more...]

Hollywood studio secures film rights to Boston clergy abuse investigation

Writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, WinWin) will co-write and direct the yet untitled film

The Hollywood Reporter announced Tuesday that Dreamworks and Participant Media have obtained the rights to the Boston Globe’s yearlong investigation of clergy sex abuse in Massachusetts.The investigation by the Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston. The 2002 revelations have had worldwide repercussions for the Catholic church that continue today in terms of allegations, settlements and pastoral policy. … [Read more...]

“Kind Hearted Woman” story of a woman rising to new life PBS 4/1 Part One, 4/2 Part Two

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 April 1 Part One ET/PT 9-11PM  (check local listings)April 2 Part Two  ET/ 9PM-12AM (check local listings)Independent Lens/FrontlineRobin Charboneau is a young divorced single mother of two, an Oglala Sioux woman living on the Sprit Lake Reservation in North Dakota.  We first meet her as she walks home in subzero weather after twenty days in a rehab facility for alcohol abuse and its causes – extreme sexual abuse form a young age. Once home she invites a tribe elder to c … [Read more...]

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” – save your money

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  As a little boy Burt is bullied. He spends his 10th birthday alone; his mother leaves him his favorite cake - in a box. He has to bake it himself. But she gives him a wonderful present, a Rance Halloway magic set. He quickly learns some tricks and makes friends with Anton, another lonely boy at school.Thirty years later Burt (Steve Carrell) and Anton (Steve Buscemi) have a gig in Vegas but a new "magician" comes to town and threatens their contract: Steve Gray (Jim … [Read more...]

The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition “Silver Linings Playbook” “Django Unchained” “Lincoln”

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Here are more reviews from The IN Network from the Jesuits:The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition "Silver Linings Playbook"The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition "Django Unchained"The INNdustry with Sister Rose, Oscars Edition, "Lincoln" … [Read more...]

Questions In the Night: The Crises of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker

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 In the months and years following the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the crash of the fourth plane into a field in Pennsylvania, the CIA pursued Osama Bin Laden, the founder of the global terrorist network al-Qaeda who claimed responsibility for the events of September 11, 2001.At a secret “black site” an agent, Dan, interrogates a man named Ammar (Reda Kateb) suspected of having knowledge about Bin Laden and his network. A C … [Read more...]

“Wreck It Ralph” and the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut today

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Today, December, 14, a gunman killed 26 people in Newtown, CT, including 20 elementary school children."Wreck It Ralph" opened in November I didn't have a chance to see it until today. I was driving home from seeing the film and listening to the news on NPR. The newsperson described President Obama as wiping away tears as he spoke words of comfort to parents, his behavior noted by many news outlets.2012 has been a year marked by gun violence tragedies.On August 22 I recorded a video a … [Read more...]

In “Skyfall” 007 gets religion! Well, kind of

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 If “Quantum of Solace”, the last James Bond movie, was remarkable for themes of social justice, then the new Bond cat-and-mouse film is just as remarkable for its theology. Well, kind of. It’s more about God embracing James Bond then the other way around. But who knows what will happen in movie 24 of this 50-year franchise when it comes out at some future date?In this latest installment of 007's next incarnation James (Daniel Craig) is riding a motorbike up and down staircases and   … [Read more...]

“Weaving Life” “Where Do We Go Now?” and a “Girl with a Book” Images of peacemaking in the Middle East

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In the last month or so, a narrative film, a documentary and a poster on Facebook came across my desk. The films were sent for review, but the Facebook poster (or image) arrived in my newsfeed this morning, unbidden, a "share" from my youngest sister."Weaving Life" a documentary on The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry - is a film from MennoMedia that will air on participating ABC stations beginning Oct. 21 (check local listings). It is the story of Dan Terry, one of 10 humanitarian w … [Read more...]


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