Neither faith nor magic saves ‘Little Boy’ from its muddled message

I imagine that the writers of "Little Boy," Pepe Portillo and Alejandro Monteverde, who also directs, wanted to make a sweet film about faith and the love between a father and his son. They surely wanted audiences to see life through a Catholic lens when they crafted this highly structured, ambitious, well-cast, and beautiful-looking movie, which opens in theaters April 24. Unfortunately, while it may make you shed a tear at the end, it's for all the wrong reasons.As "Little Boy" opens, we … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose at the Movies #121 of Top Church Blogs

  Church Relevance, "founded in March 2006 by Kent Shaffer, Church Relevance explores the intersection of theology and methodology – what we do vs what Christ said" has posted its 2015 list of the top 300 Church Blogs.I am pleasantly surprised, and grateful, that "Sister Rose at the Movies" here at Patheos is ranked #121! (Last year it was #126).The Anchoress, the blog that belongs to our venerable leader of Catholic blogs on Patheos, Elizabeth Scalia, is #31.There a … [Read more...]

‘Woman in Gold’ is a first-rate detective story that unravels a decades-old mystery

"Woman in Gold" is a David-and-Goliath story. When the sister of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) dies in Los Angeles, she chats with an old family friend from Vienna about some information she found in her sister's belongings. Maria's friend says her son, Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a young lawyer with time on his hands, might be able to help her. Randol shows up at Maria's home near Beverly Hills. Although he is reluctant, he listens to her story about a famous painting of her aunt, Adele … [Read more...]

‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ kicks off with a familiar story

"A.D. The Bible Continues" Premieres 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central, Sunday, April 5, NBC The NBC website for this new miniseries on the New Testament says: "The epic story picks up where 'The Bible' left off, exploring the aftermath of events following the Crucifixion."Actually, this is a somewhat misleading statement. The opening episode of the 12-part series that premieres on Easter Sunday begins with Pilate's words "Truth? What is truth?" and images of the nails being forged that … [Read more...]

The Good Samaritan: Stories from the Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row

BOOK REVIEWTHE GOOD SAMARITAN: STORIES FROM THE LOS ANGELES CATHOLIC WORKER ON SKID ROW By Jeff Dietrich Published by Marymount Institute Press, $19.95 When I reviewed Catholic Worker Jeff Dietrich's 2011 book Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row, I wrote, "To read Broken and Shared, you need intentionality and the willingness to step into Jeff Dietrich's shoes and see the world, church, government -- indeed, the institutions of power wherever they exist … [Read more...]

‘METALHEAD’ is a Good Friday film with an Easter ending

Out of Iceland comes an extraordinary story of grief and understanding, violence and forgiveness, isolation and community, family and church, despair and hope, art and grace. Hera Karlsdottir is about twelve years old and is outside playing with her friends when her mother, Droplaug, calls to her to come in for dinner and to summon her older brother, Baldur, to come in as well. Baldur is about seventeen and is on the tractor, harvesting hay for their dairy cows. He motions to Hera but keeps on … [Read more...]

‘Killing Jesus’ is remarkable but doesn’t give the whole picture

8 p.m./7 p.m. Central, Sunday, March 29 National Geographic Channel  "Killing Jesus" airs Sunday on the National Geographic Channel. It is written by Oscar- and Emmy-winner Walon Green and based on Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard's 2013 bestseller of the same title.The title is somewhat misleading, however. By the title, you might expect something like Jim Bishop's 1957 book and 1980 TV movie The Day Christ Died. Instead, this television movie (like the … [Read more...]

‘The True Cross’ airs this Sunday in “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” and tune in for ‘Mary Magdalene’ on Easter

“The True Cross” airs this Sunday in “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” The latest episode in CNN’s “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” is a fairly interesting examination of purported relics of the True Cross that St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, is said to have brought back from her two-year visit to Jerusalem in 328 CE. According to the show, the Empress Helena, who was a Christian, set out to Jerusalem to find the true cross of Jesus, becoming the … [Read more...]

‘White God’ an unorthodox fable to discuss serious issues

 Taking his cue from a 1999 novella by South African writer J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" brings us a cautionary, surreal vision of a "once and future" Eastern European society where the superior few rule the others, and the others rise up in rebellion. Coetzee explores the idea of animal rights in his book of essays..After reading Coetzee's novella, Mundruczo, who also co-wrote the script for "White God," wondered … [Read more...]

The imprudence of a martyr

I am pleased to post this story from John Donaghy's blog "I Walk the Way." John is a Jesuit-educated associate of the Dubuque-based Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Family."The imprudence of a martyr" is about the Spanish-born Fr. Luis Espinal, SJ (1932 - 1980):"Luis Espinal was a print and television journalist, as well as a movie critic. His work revealed the oppression and injustice at the root of the Bolivian political and social system of his day."CLICK HERE to continue reading at … [Read more...]


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