Reviews, Critiques, Surveys

“Bella” Star in a Great Little Movie

September 6, 2009

Janet and I really enjoyed this short 20-minute movie of hope called “The Butterfly Circus.” It is a parable of the ugly caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly. It is also a challenge to any who have been left behind or disadvantaged or without hope or meaning. Eduardo Ver√°stegui, from the movie Bella, stars as the […]

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My Letter to Cancel Newsweek

August 4, 2009

“Dear Editors of Newsweek Magazine: “I am a documentary producer, writer, lecturer, guide for trips around the world. I’ve subscribed to your magazine for many years, but you have drifted soooo far to the Left you’ve become nothing more than Obama’s Rag Sheet. “I’m disgusted with your liberal perspective, your anti-Christian bias, your big government […]

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Al Kresta on “Michael Jackson the Commodity”

July 15, 2009
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Nuns on the Run

July 2, 2009

I know many wonderful nuns and religious orders (e.g., Sisters of Mary-Mother of the Eucharist and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity); BUT there are others that scare the “you know what” out of me. The Pope has set up a commission to investigate women religious in the USA and I think it’s about time. Dissident […]

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Has the Pope’s Paper Lost its Mind?

June 30, 2009

From friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: L’OR and the Loss of Reason “For most of my life L’Osservatore Romano has been a sleepy Roman rag that arrived weeks after its publication date, printed in cheap ink that soiled the fingers of those who felt the need to read page after page of boilerplate remarks […]

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Review of “Being Catholic Now”

June 10, 2009

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy, recently published a book of essays by leading American “Catholics” on their experience as Catholics over the last few decades. Many of them are liberal “Catholics” with an obvious lack of Catholic formation. However there are others like Tom Monaghan. The title of the book is Being Catholic […]

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Friend’s Review of “Angels & Demons” Movie

May 29, 2009

My Protestant friend Dr. Stephen Patton, though thoroughly catholic in spirit, wrote an interesting review of Brown’s new movie Angels & Demons. I thought it was good, though I must admit I haven’t seen the movie. Dr. Patton and I go way back to my formed days at Trinity Baptist Church in Livonia Michigan over […]

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Two Movies to See

March 22, 2009

On the plane recently Janet and I watched two movies which we really enjoyed though they were extremely different. The first was DOUBT which was recommended to me earlier by several Catholic priests. It is about the priest in a boy’s school who is charged by the head nun of abusing one of the boys. […]

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Seen “FIreproof” Yet?

March 11, 2009

We just rented the movie “Fireproof” and watched it with our daughter Emily today. If you haven’t seen it, SEE IT! Produced by Evangelical Protestants, it has their distinct flavor, preachiness, and lingo, but the story is good, well played out and it should be watched by husbands and wives the world over — especially […]

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Steve Interviewed for Soul Food Cinema

February 3, 2009 interviewed me to talk about making and watching movies. I was asked a lot about the stories and adventures associated with filming our Footprints of God series. Then they asked me what my favorite movies were and what I thought about film, cinema and TV today. You can view this excellent site related to […]

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Another Good “Old” Movie

January 11, 2009

We had watched it quite a while ago but just watched it again the other day. Janet and I both had tears in our eyes. “Mr. Holland’s Opus” is a great movie to watch if you haven’t seen it — or if you saw it a long time ago. A music teacher with a deaf […]

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Two Good Movies

December 27, 2008

Nice to slow down a few days to relax and watch a couple of recommended movies with the Christmas lights blinking. Janet and I watched two movies this week that we would recommend. First, The Ultimate Gift in which a rich would-be heir — to billions of dollars — is taught many lessons about life, […]

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Stunning Success of “Fireproof”

October 3, 2008

Review of the Christian movie that defends marriage in Hollywood. It came in fourth in the ratings even though it was only in 850 theatres. With traditional marriage on the rocks, this movie is a strong statement in defense of the God-given gift of marriage. Click here to read the review.

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The Cardinal: A Good Movie

July 5, 2008

Here is another movie to see. The Cardinal (1963)¬†follows the journey of a young man (Tom Tryon) who becomes a priest, doubts his calling and takes a leave of absence, falls in love, comes back to the priesthood, fights injustice in the segregated South, defends freedom in Nazi Europe, and eventually becomes a Cardinal. This […]

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The Bucket List

July 5, 2008

If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should. I first saw THE BUCKET LIST on a plane back from speaking on St. Paul in Texas . I like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman so I had better than average expectations. It turned out being one of my Top Ten movies. You can buy it […]

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Jimmy Akin Reviews the Movies

June 7, 2008

Jimmy is one of the smartest guys I know. He is also good at reviewing and commenting on movies, along with Steven Greydanus of Good Year for Family Movies Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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