March 1, 2018

One of the coolest parts about being a film critic is that I can choose the films I liked the most from last year and no one can complain. Well you can, but too bad. Actually, you can make your list, too, and I hope you will do so. 2017 was a brilliant year for cinema. Some people still complain that nothing good coms out of Hollywood. True, some years the pickings are slim, but the 2017 crop is exceptionally… Read more

February 16, 2018

The movie opens in the midst of Europe’s Industrial Revolution around 1840. The German and French underground intelligentsia writes and publishes furiously about social and governmental ills. Karl Marx (August Diehl) is a liberal who supports the working class and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) is the son of a rich factory owner in Manchester, England. The film chronicles their first rather antagonistic meeting and their lifelong friendship, Marx’s marriage and family (his wife is played by Vicky Krieps who stars… Read more

January 11, 2018

Click here then scroll down to see my review at St. Anthony Messenger. Christian Bale is, as usual, very good. Wes Studi is always good as is Rosalind Pike. More than a revisionist Western this shows white people having remorse and angst (that’s the revisionist part) for the violent white westward expansion that decimated the Indian peoples – but Indians still do not have much of a voice here. At first I was surprised that Wes Studi took this role… Read more

January 11, 2018

  Please click here for my review of “Paddington 2” at St. Anthony Messenger. I just loved it (and I don’t gush over movies!) This IS a real family movie except for maybe the very, very young. You’ll also find a shorter review of “The Post” and “Hostiles”         Read more

December 26, 2017

After more than a century of fighting, the crusades reached their height in the year 1220 A.D. The crusaders were now trapped and dying on a field in Egypt and the Muslim army blocking their escape. In order for the crusaders to reach Jerusalem they would have to take the port city of Dalmietta located at the mouth of the Nile River. The conflict between European Christians and Muslims seemed to be unending. Was there any way to resolve the… Read more

July 27, 2017

Sister Jaguar’s Journey is both a film and a book about the life of Sr. Judy Bisognano. My review was published today over at the Global Sister’s Report Blog. It begins: Judy Bisignano grew up in an abusive home in Des Moines, Iowa. Her father was a good provider, but an alcoholic. Judy’s deepest secret was that her mother beat her, almost every day. When her mother hit her, she would strike back in some way. Her misery led her straight… Read more

July 27, 2017

I interviewed the director Timothy Reckart yesterday and I am writing a feature article about him and his new film for St. Anthony Messenger in November. I also saw a partial storyboard for the film and a moment of the Annunciation – beautifully done. The film features the voices of Patricia Heaton, Oprah Winfrey, Gina Rodriguez and a host of other actors. Here is the just released trailer; enjoy!   Read more

June 30, 2017

It’s been more than a month since I have posted a review here on Patheos! I’ve been on retreat, attended community meetings in Boston and then participated in the SIGNIS World Congress and the Catholic Media Conference in Quebec with Sr. Nancy Usselmann and Sr Marie Paul Curley. But I’m back and will try to post more regularly. Here’s my review of “The Little Hours” that I wrote for the NCReporter. Don’t let those habits fool you.   “The Little… Read more

May 24, 2017

Red Nose Day – Celebrities, Organizations – All Of Us Can Help End Child Poverty I am pleased to share this good news with you for Red Nose Day! A big thank you to Grace Hill Media and all the work they are doing to promote this good cause: to held end child poverty. Read on…. Some of the biggest names in both film and television, including the cast of the beloved holiday film “Love Actually” are all putting on… Read more

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