What is a miracle? For the five members of the faith-filled Beam family, miracles — both the small everyday variety and the unexplained cosmic kind — are as real as the contagious smile on the sweet face of their middle daughter.
Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), was an Italian filmmaker, writer and poet.
Part intellectual, part peasant; part Marxist, part broken-hearted Catholic, as a youth, he sold his novels and poetry on the streets of Rome. He knew that power always tends to the right. He was gay without making a campaign out of it.
The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, is a courageous movie that is not anti-Catholic, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano said in two articles dedicated to comment on the Oscars.
As a critic for the Catholic News Agency and the Christian movie review site Movieguide, I see over 150 movies a year. The following are the nominees in the top five categories this year, and who I’m predicting should and will win the awards.
Like its 2001 predecessor, the film is directed and co-written by Stiller, who resumes his role as Derek Zoolander. As viewers of the original will remember, Derek once battled his blonde rival, Hansel McDonald (Wilson), for the title of world’s greatest male model, though the two wound up as friends.
The February release date of Joel and Ethan Coen’s comedy “Hail, Caesar!” (Universal) could hardly be more appropriate.
That’s because this sendup of golden-age Hollywood represents something of a supersized valentine by the sibling collaborators to the bygone days of Tinseltown, specifically the early 1950s.
Ever since “The Notebook” in 2004, film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks’ novels have descended into benign, prepackaged comfort food.
So it is with “The Choice” (Lionsgate).
Though it boosts family values and the importance of teamwork, the animated adventure “Kung Fu Panda 3” (Fox) also incorporates non-scriptural philosophical ideas that might confuse the impressionable youngsters at whom it’s primarily aimed.
Christians know that an encounter with the risen Lord can change your life forever, and apparently that’s also the case when you’re doing a movie about him.
The lead actor of “Risen,” a film told through the eyes of a Roman soldier who is forced to confront the resurrection of Christ, calls it a story for believers and nonbelievers alike – notwithstanding its strong Christian themes.
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