April 8, 2024

When Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in September 1939 and divided the country into west and east, the lives of all Polish people, Gentile and Jew, were changed forever, and so many were destroyed. Irene Gut (Sophie Nélisse) is a very capable 19-year-old Catholic young nurse from eastern Poland who is forced to work for Nazi officers, not knowing what happened to her mother and four sisters. After working in a munitions factory for a year, she attracts... Read more

March 1, 2024

In 1889, a group of young Catholic sisters from Italy called the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus disembarked in New York. Led by their determined 39-year-old superior, Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini (Cristina Dell’Anna), these sisters, inspired by their mission to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by living the spiritual and corporal works of mercy (Matthew 25), were met with disdain and prejudice by both church and civil authorities in the persons of Archbishop Michael Corrigan... Read more

May 12, 2023

A nun-friend asked me to write a brief reflection on each of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Time being short, I asked A.I. (GoatChat) to write the reflections. After sharing these on Facebook, a friend asked me for A.I. reflections on the other mysteries. I am pleased to post them here (with some slight edits here and there). The reflections on the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries are taken from the writings of our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, SSP... Read more

April 13, 2023

    In Russell Crowe’s second role as a Roman superhero, he moves from the 2nd century as Maximus, a gladiator who does battle for the emperor’s entertainment (“The Gladiator” 2000), to the 21st century as the Catholic priest Fr Gabriel Amorth, who fights the devil  with a bit of help in the newly released “The Pope’s Exorcist.” (To be fair, Crowe also played Superman’s father, Jor-El, in 2013 in “Man of Steel,” but he didn’t quite reach superhero status... Read more

March 26, 2023

  If you’ve followed my reviews over the years, you will know that I have  soft spot for films about the Camino de Santiago de Compostella in Spain. A new film will be in theatres one night only, Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Click HERE for ticket information. (Compostella means field of stars.) What makes this film about the Camino slightly different from the others is its pacing, giving silent space for us, audiences making the Camino from a theater seat... Read more

March 12, 2023

  2022 was a great year at the movies – to the point that it is really hard to choose, never mind guess what the Academy voters might do. And because this is my ballot, I get to have second and sometimes third choices! These films have great themes that offer lots to talk about (and reasons to see more than once!), including some not nominated. My Film of the Year is “The Banshees of Inisherin.”  My review sheds light... Read more

December 19, 2022

Hi everyone, I have been a member of this auspicious international group of 80 women film critics for a few years now and am very proud of our awards this year. If you are looking for a list of films to see in the coming months as they make their way to streaming platforms, this list of winners makes a thoughtful starting point. Click here for the WFCC Facebook page and link to the WFCC blog. Women Film Critics Circle... Read more

October 2, 2022

Twenty-five years after her death, a beautiful new documentary on the life of St Mother Teresa of Kolkata, India, that some are calling “definitive”, will have a two-day release in select theaters in the US on Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. The film follows the life of Mother Teresa across five continents and combines archival footage from the Missionaries of Charity, the religious congregation of sisters that Mother Teresa founded to serve the poor, with some dramatised portions... Read more

April 22, 2022

This new animated “relaxed heist” movie from Dreamworks is a Noah’s car of animal characters in need of coverting from their wily ways. The gang uses every means to steal and stockpile what doesn’t belong to them – and sometimes they do it just for the rush of a good car chase. Their motto is, “We might be bad but we are so good at it!” “The Bad Guys” is entertaining, if not a tad too long and over complicated.... Read more

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