Charlotte’s Web Movie

(This essay was written by me and Sr. Madonna Janet Kuhlman, FSP, one of our nuns who loves kidlit!)   1952 was a very good year for children’s literature.   In addition to The Borrowers (Mary Norton), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (C. S. Lewis), Secret of the Andes (Ann Nolan Clark; a book went on to receive the 1953 Newbery Medal), emerged E. B. White’s barnyard fantasy yarn, Charlotte’s Web, the best-selling children’s paperback of all time according to Publisher’s Weekly in 20 … [Read more...]

Rocky Balboa the Movie

    Its thirty years since Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) first broke into the ring, and he’s hitting 60. His beloved wife Adrian has died and he visits the cemetery regularly. In fact, he keeps a folding chair stashed in the branches of the large tree nearby. He misses her very much even though he leads a busy life as a restaurateur in South Philly. His fans remain loyal. He and his brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young; The Sopranos; Mickey Blue Eyes) continue their f … [Read more...]

The Nativity Story Movie – More reviews

                      Here are some more links to reviews, reflections, and articles about The Nativity Story - the must-see film of the season. Honolulu Catholic Herald Christianity Today (scroll down; many links at the end) Catholic … [Read more...]

Blood Diamond Movie

The Roots of Bling: Blood Diamond and Blood on a Stone   A diamond is a symbol, a promise of love. A diamond is the hardest mineral substance in the world and because of this quality it has industrial applications. Due to their exquisite visual qualities and how they disperse light, diamonds have been used as jewelry for at least 2,500 years, if not longer. Almost 50% of the world’s diamonds come from South and Central Africa. Diamonds are judged by the four “C’s”: carat, clarity, color, and … [Read more...]

Guadalupe Movie

Just a reminder that the film GUADALUPE ( is opening today:It is in Spanish with English subtitles; a feature length film in a telenovela style that blends a modern day search for faith with the dramatization of the story of the apparitions of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe to Sr. Juan Diego 475 years ago. This is a film that goes well with The Nativity Story ( because the image of Guadalupe is of Mary who is pregnant: a message of hope to the … [Read more...]

The Nativity Story Movie – Encore!

Here are some really great comments about The Nativity Story from Archbishop Vlazny of Portland, OR (the archdiocese where screenwriter Mike Rich and his family live): This week I received a call from a diocese on the east coast asking about the idea of schools taking all the students to see the film... Absolutely wonderful idea!! After you read the Archbishop's comments, you may want to help your local parish sponsor a screening for students, … [Read more...]

The Queen Movie

Helen Mirren, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in this admirable film, ought to be crowned queen of the British Film Academy. Fresh off her portrayal of Liz the First, (the 2005 HBO made-for-television miniseries that won 9 Emmy’s including one for Mirren as best actress) she steps flawlessly into a role that humanizes – and sympathizes with - today’s queen of England. Mirren even looks like Queen Elizabeth II, from the hair, to the glasses, to the handbags, to posture, to wardrobe.   It is only … [Read more...]

Stranger than Fiction Movie

This exceedingly clever film is directed by the impressive Marc Forster who also gave us Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland (and the upcoming The Kite Runner that should be really good, too, given Forster’s track record and that the book is such an excellent story.)   Story is the key to enjoying Stranger than Fiction, because as the narrator, Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), of this story within a story within a story says, it is stories that will save us.   Howard Crick (Will Ferrell) … [Read more...]

Happy Feet Movie

I know it has been months since I have posted regular updates on the films I have seen. But now I am going to try and keep up, though the reviews may be shorter.   You can visit for the films I reviewed for the December issue of St. Anthony Messenger; for previously reviewed films between June and November, search for titles using the alphabetical list on the bottom of the page on the magazine’s site.   Happy Feet is quite a mixture of s … [Read more...]

Nativity Story Movie Premiere at the Vatican

(The Vatican invitation we needed to enter the Hall)   In early November I was honored to be invited to the premiere screening of The Nativity Story at the Vatican on November 26th. I left Los Angeles on Friday, November 24th. I stayed at the Hotel Locarno (where some of the New Line staff stayed as well) just off the Piazza del Popolo, near the Spanish Steps. On Sunday the 26th some of our sisters stopped by to visit (and pick up copies of the two tie-in books Pauline Books & Media … [Read more...]