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Invincible

Movie Reviews

Sep 15, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Invincible tells the story of Vince Papale, an unemployed substitute teacher from Philadelphia who remains a loyal Eagles fan despite... Read more

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Water

Movie Reviews

Sep 15, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Recently released on DVD, this profound film was produced in India by writer/director Deepa Mehta.  Water tells the story of... Read more

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World Trade Center

Movie Reviews

Aug 24, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Oliver Stone’s new film about the September 11th attacks is the first big-screen portrayal of those events with big names... Read more

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The Heart of the Game

Movie Reviews

Aug 7, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Without question, The Heart of the Game is the best film I have seen in 2006.  The only unfortunate thing... Read more

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The Devil Wears Prada

Movie Reviews

Aug 7, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the 109 minutes I spent watching The Devil Wears Prada, primarily... Read more

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Face to Face

Book Reviews

Jul 18, 2006

By Joseph E. Rendini

Till We Have Facesby C.S. Lewis Originally published in 1956; available at Amazon.com in the 1980 Harvest Books edition for... Read more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Movie Reviews

Jul 13, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Pirates of the Caribbean has become quite the cultural phenomenon since its release in 2003, spawning a plethora of popular... Read more

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A Prairie Home Companion*

Movie Reviews

Jul 13, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Imagine a combination of Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion and Robert Altman’s unique style of directing.  In... Read more

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Swords about the Cross

Book Reviews

Jun 19, 2006

By Joseph E. Rendini

Lepanto, by G.K. ChestertonWith Explanatory Notes and CommentaryEdited by Dale Ahlquist (American Chesterton Society, Minneapolis, 2003)$11.95 at www.chesterton.org <http://www.chesterton.org> “People... Read more

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The Da Vinci Code

Movie Reviews

May 25, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

First, I admit that I have never read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, nor have I ever been tempted... Read more

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Movie Review-May 12

Movie Reviews

May 12, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Akeelah and the Bee Read more

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United 93

Movie Reviews

May 12, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

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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With Friends Like These

Book Reviews

May 9, 2006

By Joseph E. Rendini

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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Take the Lead

Movie Reviews

Apr 25, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

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

Movie Reviews

Apr 25, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

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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Movie Review

Movie Reviews

Apr 5, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Read more

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The Best Book of All – The Good Samaritan

Book Reviews

Apr 3, 2006

By Joseph E. Rendini

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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Movie Review- March 20th

Movie Reviews

Mar 20, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

V for Vendetta Read more

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Crash

Movie Reviews

Feb 22, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

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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The Great Mystery

Book Reviews

Feb 8, 2006

By Joseph E. Rendini

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