Four films worth seeing: Belle, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, Fed Up

Jon Hamm, Madhur Mittal, Suraj Sharma and Pitobash in a scene from the movie "Million Dollar Arm" (CNS/Disney)

"Belle" -- This film is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British sea captain (Matthew Goode) in the 18th century. Belle grows up with a cousin in the mansion of her uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson), the chief justice of England, and his wife (Emily Watson). It is a story about the power of cultural mores and the law when England was beginning to challenge the legitimacy of the slave trade. Belle influences her uncle … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum Offers Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images

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 Noah by Lorenzo Monaco, 1370-1425 On May 16 the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a new open access policy that allows users to browse and download images for non-commercial use:  The Collection Online:"... more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum … [Read more...]

Catholics in Media to award “The Monuments Men”, “Cesar’s Last Fast” and “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 1

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  Do consider coming to our annual awards event this year on June 1! The invitation is above. For tickets click here on Catholics in Media Award Tickets (and for advertising opportunities). Participating in the Mass overlooking the Pacific Ocean is beautiful.Cesar’s Last Fast is a feature documentary film about the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farm workers, and the impact of Chavez’s legacy. The film is built … [Read more...]

“Moms’ Night Out” held together by wacky character actors

Andrea Logan White, Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton and Sammi Hanratty star in a scene from the movie "Moms' Night Out." (CNS/Provident Films)

 Right on time for Mother’s Day comes “Moms’ Night Out,” an angst-ridden comedy from Sony’s Affirm Films, a label aimed at evangelical Christians, and Provident Pictures, that has given the faith audience “Fireproof” (2008) and “Courageous” (2011).Allyson (Sarah Drew) is mother to three and married to Sean (Sean Astin), an architect who travels a lot. She is also a mommy blogger without any followers. She obsesses over germs and being a perfect mother, and seems addicted to the very … [Read more...]

My acceptance speech “Sr. Rose Pacatte Receives 2014 Dane Kane Award”

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  It's been some time now since I received the Daniel J. Kane Award from the University of Dayton - March 6, 2014, to be exact. I've had photos ready to post but I just discovered last week that the video of the presentation and my acceptance "speech" was posted on YouTube. You can see it below along with some photos of the very lovely event. I continue to feel humbled and grateful for this recognition.     … [Read more...]

Teens talk “The Fault in Our Stars” book & upcoming movie

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 One of my nun-pals sent me this YouTube video about how teens are reacting to the book "The Fault in Our Stars" - and preview of the upcoming film based on the book - by John Green, the author and vlogger (video blogger), and video educator. I had not heard of it before but I have heard of John Green as a producer of YouTube educational videos.This YouTube video is, of course, a promotion for the film and the kids being interviewed are bright and articulate. They have definite … [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...]

Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry – check it out and blog on (before the zombie apocalypse)

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 Christian blogs, and Catholic Christian blogs in particular, cover a lot of topics. They are also quite popular. Since 2006 Church Relevance has been dedicated to "Creating relevant, effective ministries." I had never heard of it's founder Ken Shaffer before today. But I like how he (and collaborator Craig Van Lorlaar) define their mission: "True relevance is understanding culture andresponding to hurts and needs with the gospel, sacrifical love, and selfless ministering."Now, h … [Read more...]

Roma Downey & Mark Burnett sign on for 2016 ‘Ben-Hur’ reboot

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 On Friday Mike Fleming, Jr., posted this news about the remake of "Ben-Hur" over at Deadline. My big question is will this new film include the entire story, including the role that Balthazar's daughter Iras has in the entire tale.I don't know how you can remake a film like "Ben-Hur" and that spectacular chariot race (do you know how long it really lasts? See below.)Who could ever play Judah Ben-Hur? Chris Helmsworth? Channing Tatum? If only Brad Pitt were younger but even … [Read more...]


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