“The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” is more reality show than – reality

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From left: Eseni Ellington, Sr. Beth Ann Dillon, and Claire Halbur in "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns." (Scott Gries) Lifetime's latest original series, "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns," is a six-parter about five young Catholic women who are supposedly discerning whether or not to become nuns -- or, better and more accurately, sisters or women religious.While all nuns are sisters, not all sisters are nuns. But let's not be picky.There has always been and probably always will be much … [Read more...]

“The Judge” – Robert Duval, Robert Downey, Jr. and grace

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 Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago who doesn’t care whom he defends as long as they can pay. He and his wife, Lisa (Sarah Lancaster), are on the verge of a divorce, but Hank wants custody of their young daughter, Lauren (Emma Tremblay).When his mother dies, Hank heads home to Indiana for the funeral. His older brother, Glen (Vincent D’Onofrio), runs a tire store, while their younger brother, Dale (Jeremy Strong), who’s mentally challenged, us … [Read more...]

“Gone Girl” is “Fatal Attraction” for the 21st century

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Director David Fincher has taken Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-selling novel and delivers a chilling, self-destructive, and ambiguous moral tale that is much better than the book. I hated reading the tortuous tale about two unlikable people. (It's like "Fatal Attraction" for the 21st century.) The difference between the book and the movie is simple: the film moves faster. Nick (Ben Affleck) returns home midmorning on his fifth wedding anniversary, and he discovers that his wife, Amy (Rosamund P … [Read more...]

“Fury” – explores moral injury but comes off like a video game

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 It is 1945. The Allies are pushing deep into Germany after the invasion at Normandy. In the opening scene, Army Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a tank crew of four soldiers. When they arrive at an Army rendezvous, the very young Norman (Logan Lerman) is assigned to the unit. He has been in the Army for two months, and is unprepared for the horrors he will face.Wardaddy and his men lead a battalion to take over a town and then head to a crossroads that they are to ho … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose guest “help” on a cooking show – Thanksgiving treat (and laugh!)

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From the National Catholic Reporter about my stint on the Jesuit IN Network show "Pre-Prans with Ruthie" and making Grape & Gorgonzola Truffles. We laughed so much! "Want to add something special to your Thanksgiving feast? Look no further! NCR contributor and host of The IN Network's INNdustry with Sr. Rose, Sr. Rose Pacatte and Ruthie Blacksea joined forces to make savory grape and gorgonzola truffles on this special Thanksgiving edition of Pre-Prans with Ruthie. In addition to the … [Read more...]

Sister Cristina on “The Today Show” but not in Jackson, MS?

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    Sister Cristina won Italy's "The Voice" and here sings Madonna's "Like a Virgin." While some raise an eyebrow at this song choice, Sr. Cristina believes it can have different meanings for different people, and for her, it's about Jesus and consecrated life. I am in Jackson, MS and although The Today show anchors have been saying all morning that Sr Cristina will be coming up - so far, at 9:30am, no Sr. Christina in Jackson, MS. Wonder why? No big news here to interfere with the show. I … [Read more...]

Vatican Museum movie in 3D

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 One of our Sisters in Boston, Sr. Margaret Joseph to be precise, shared this information today. I think this will be quite an experience!Fathom Events, SpectiCast and Nexo Digital are delighted to bring the world’s greatest art collection to the big screen for the first time when The Vatican Museums 3D comes to select cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, December 10.Presented in RealD 3D (2D showings available in select locations), The Vatican Museums 3D takes a … [Read more...]

‘Waking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” gets theatrical release

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I was so blessed to have interviewed director Lydia Smith about her new film, a documentary on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The film is now showing Los Angeles and I believe the DVD will be available soon.Check out my review of the film  HERE.Here's my interview with Lydia Smith on the INNdustry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork:This is from Laemmle about the film's theatrical release:Laemmle Theatres is pleased to present the documentary WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO … [Read more...]

‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Scorpion’, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, & ‘Stalker’ Get Full-Season Orders By CBS

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It's great news that Barbara Hall's latest show, featuring Tea Leoni as the US Secretary of State, is getting a full season to show us what makes good TV! Tim Daly, who plays her husband, is a theology professor at Georgetown. According to this article, "Madam Secretary" is beating "The Good Wife" in the ratings. Wow.From over at Deadline.com, October 27:CBS has joined sibling CW in giving full-season orders to all of its fall series that have premiered so far: new dramas Scorpion, NCIS: … [Read more...]

‘Diplomacy’ and the artist’s imagination

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It is August 1944. The aging Nazi Général von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) has been posted to Paris after rising through the ranks during the war and killing thousands of Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The Allies have landed on the French coast and are a couple of days away from Paris. Hitler has commanded von Choltitz to destroy the city. Bombs crash in the distance. Alone in his luxurious hotel room, von Choltitz is shocked when a man appears out of nowhere and uses a secret passage the Nazis never d … [Read more...]


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