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By Hilary Rowe

Movie Review-May 12

Akeelah and the Bee Read more

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United 93

I will admit that I approached United 93 with serious skepticism. I expected this reenactment of the September 11, 2001 terrorist... Read more

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By Joseph E. Rendini

With Friends Like These

Without Roots: The West, Relativism and Islamby Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) and Marcello Pera, trans. by  Michael F.... Read more

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By Hilary Rowe

Take the Lead

Despite being a predictable film in the “noble-teacher-takes-on-delinquent-students” genre, Take the Lead is a film of impressive character, advocating chivalry,... Read more

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Thank You for Smoking

Jason Reitman's satirical comedy follows the work of its lead character, Nick Naylor, a talented spokesman for big tobacco.  Nick... Read more

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Read more

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By Joseph E. Rendini

The Best Book of All – The Good Samaritan

Despite the ubiquity of "best sellers," my experience is that only a minority of people – perhaps a small minority... Read more

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By Hilary Rowe

Movie Review- March 20th

V for Vendetta Read more

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Crash

Being a film enthusiast by nature and by education, you can imagine how disappointed I was at the announcement of... Read more

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By Joseph E. Rendini

The Great Mystery

“Male and Female He Created Them”: On Marriage and the Family, by Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez (Ignatius Press, San Francisco,... Read more

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By Hilary Rowe

Brokeback Mountain

Until now, I have done my best to avoid entering the debate about Ang Lee's newest film Brokeback Mountain.  However,... Read more

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Tristan & Isolde

Never tired of successful genres, Hollywood has again brought us that classic combination of historical war epic and doomed romance... Read more

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Few directors enjoy a debut like Rob Marshall's 2002 film Chicago, popular among critics and movie fans of all circles. ... Read more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia stories have previously been adapted for the screen, most notably in the late 1980s... Read more

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By Hilary Rowe

The Family Stone

This holiday film tells the story of a family with five children reuniting for Christmas.  The oldest son, played predictably... Read more

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By Joseph E. Rendini

Esto Vir! – Be a Man!

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Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Following three successful short films, the clever claymation comedy duo Wallace and Gromit have ventured into feature-length territory. Despite the... Read more

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By Joseph E. Rendini

Old Books, Old Movies

Rather than a book, I am going to discuss some old feature films in this column. Most of these films... Read more

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By Joseph E. Rendini

Sursum Corda!

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Truth or Consequences

Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power,  Read more