‘McFarland USA’ – I love, love, love this movie

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In 1989 football coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) lost his job at a high school for losing his temper and throwing a shoe at a kid. It wasn’t the first time. He is hired by the high school in McFarland, CA, in California’s central valley, as the assistant coach and life science teacher despite the principal’s (Valente Rodriguez) hesitation. When White and his wife Cheryl (Maria Bello) and two daughters Julie (Morgan Saylor) and Jamie (Elsie Fisher) arrive in McFarland they are very unsure they wan … [Read more...]

The perfect book for Lent (and pictures from the book signing!)

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 Here's a short video I just made about how "Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way" is a perfect book for Lent! Now for news and pictures about the book signing on Feb 7th!Saturday, February 7, the day of the book signing forwas a lovely day - even with that little bit of rain. I think about 80 people or so came and it was a very joyous event! A good number of my family came, too, and that added to the fun!One friend brought a pair of boots (one of the pairs) … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose Pacatte to present ‘Redeemer’ award at annual movie ceremony

Screenshot of Sr. Rose Pacatte talking to Kevin Costner outside of the premier of “Black or White,” from The INNdustry with Sr. Rose on the IN Network. (TheINnetwork.org, via YouTube)

 Movie critic Sr. Rose Pacatte covered her first red carpet event in January, scoring a spot in the media scrum at the Los Angeles premiere of Kevin Costner’s new movie, “Black or White.”Watching the parade of stars and agents and handlers pass her by she wondered if anyone would stop and talk to her.“Who expects to see a nun there?” she figured.When Paula Newsome, one of the movie’s stars, walked past, she assessed Pacatte in her blue Daughters of St. Paul habit and aske … [Read more...]

’50 Shades’ – it ‘lacks grey matter’ and ‘why its so wildly popular’

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Kirsten Anderson over at LifeSiteNews.com posted a very sage analysis of "50 Shades of Grey" and compares it to the "Twilight" franchise from which the Grey stories were drawn: The real reason 50 Shades is so wildly popular (HINT: It’s not the sex). I didn't read the Grey books and haven't seen the movie - and am planning to do neither - so I am trusting that Anderson and my film critic colleague over at USAToday, Claudia Puig, who did see the film (not sure about Anderson but it seems that she m … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose to present first Razzie “Redemption” Award!

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I have to say, it was a surprise to be asked! Check the website. There is still time to vote for who should be redeemed! PRESS RELEASE WHO BETTER TO PRESENT THE RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD? A nun. And not just any nun, but veteran film critic, Sister Rose Pacatte. The Razzies, who’s motto is “Own Your Bad,” felt Sr Rose would be the perfect choice to present their newest award, not just because of her award-winning journalistic background but because of her insight into the value of … [Read more...]

‘Watch The Super Bowl Or We’ll Kick This Dog: The Saddest Ads Ever’ says Linda Holmes at NPR

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First, my take ...As I watched the commercials during "the game" last night I posted on Facebook: it's sad that character education in America has been taken over by corporations, like corporations control the government and everything else. Coke will love you even when no one else does and Dove will take care of all your body odor needs making you as non-offensive as plastic and socially acceptable anywhere. (And with Coke's sugar context and other additives, well, let's just say that over … [Read more...]

‘American Sniper’ – a question of heroes

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* This essay/review contains spoilersIn Clint Eastwood's Iraqi Western, we see the evolution of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's (Bradley Cooper) skills as a shooter as well as his motivation for enlisting in the military and going to war: God, country, family.As Chris (played as a child by Cole Konis) grows up in Texas, his dad, Wayne (Ben Reed), teaches him to hunt and how to handle a rifle. Wayne infuses in the boy ideals of heroism and says aggression is a gift to save others. One Sunday at … [Read more...]

“Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” is in the house! Launch Feb 7th, 2015

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 CLICK HERE for early editorial reviews. The back cover: Martin Sheen, best known for his role as a Catholic president in the prestigious television series The West Wing, returned to the practice of his Catholic faith at the age of forty after decades away. After years of battling alcohol addiction, a near-fatal heart attack, and a nervous breakdown, the stage, film, and television actor renewed his dedication to his family and activated his faith with energy, grace, and joy. Through … [Read more...]

‘Black or White’ is about complicated family situations – and it’s my first time on the Red Carpet!

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Mike Binder's new film, "Black or White," is being released right after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and in time for Black History Month. Its release comes after a tumultuous year of riots and marches motivated by the deaths of black boys and men at the hands of white policemen. But the film was in production long before these events because Binder had a story to tell that came from his own extended family. The timing for the release is fortuitous because, as Binder says, "It's time to … [Read more...]

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” – a shorter take

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 Director Ridley Scott’s imagining of the first half of the Book of Exodus is dramatic and majestic. We meet Moses (Christian Bale) and his “cousin,” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), who have been brought up together. When Pharaoh (an almost unrecognizable John Turturro) gives them almost matching swords and then switches them, he tells both men to watch out for the other. It is the beginning of a sibling-like rivalry that will frame the rest of the story.They go into battle, where Moses … [Read more...]


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