Category: On TV and Movies

<em>Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil</em> – A Conversation with the Director
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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil – A Conversation with the Director

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You don’t have an invite to the Royal Wedding and can’t make the beatification of John Paul II this weekend?  Well, all is not lost. You can still salvage your weekend by going to see Hoodwinked Too, Hood vs. Evil. And thanks to this article on Catholic Lane, you can enjoy the show even more knowing […]

Christian Conservatives and Randians
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Christian Conservatives and Randians

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According to a 1991 Book of the Month Club / Library of Congress survey that asked what book had most influenced their lives, the two top picks by respondents were the Bible and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Coincidentally, this is a big week for both Christians and Randians. The former are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus […]

<em>Soul Surfer</em> -- This Year’s <em>The Blind Side</em>
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Soul Surfer — This Year’s The Blind Side

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Bethany Hamilton has an extraordinary story to tell. Working hard to enter the ranks of professional surfing, by the age of 13 she already had a sponsor. But her life was shattered one morning in 2003. Out in the water, on a beautiful day, she was attacked by a 15-foot-long tiger shark. The shark bit […]

<em>The Potential Inside:</em> Not Your Father’s Christian Film
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The Potential Inside: Not Your Father’s Christian Film

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In the age of gratuitous Hollywood sex and violence it’s not surprising that people are starved for family-friendly entertainment. This is not just a matter of opinion.  Movieguide, the world’s premier pro-family movie magazine, has established over and again with its annual Report to the Entertainment Industry that wholesome entertainment sells… big time. The report […]

Winning the Parent Lottery:  An Interview with Fraser Heston, Son of Charlton Heston
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Winning the Parent Lottery: An Interview with Fraser Heston, Son of Charlton Heston

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Fraser Clarke Heston is the son of the late actor Charlton Heston and his wife of over 60 years, Lydia Clarke.  Fraser directed his Oscar-winning dad in several films, including the recently released DVD set, Charlton Heston Presents The Bible.  Fraser also played the role of baby Moses in The Ten Commandments.  I recently spoke […]

Easter Entertainment: <em>JONAH, A VeggieTales Movie</em>
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Easter Entertainment: JONAH, A VeggieTales Movie

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When our children were young, my best friend shared a VeggieTale movie with us saying, “Your kids will love it; mine do!”  She was right, not only did they love it, but my husband and I enjoyed them too.  The characters are fun to watch and the Bible stores come to life in a way […]

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie -- Blu-ray Combo Pack Released
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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — Blu-ray Combo Pack Released

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with Sue Formica In true Veggie Tales Fashion, Bob and the Gang bring  a familiar  bible story to life. “Jonah”, a 2002 “Big Idea” production, takes the viewer on a not-so-straight voyage into the ancient city of  Nineveh, into  the well-known tale  of “Jonah and the Whale.” The story begins with bickering, jealousy, teasing and contention, […]

Movie Review: <em>The Adjustment Bureau</em>
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Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau

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 If every decision we make causes ripples that affect our ultimate future, what chance do we really have to end up where we are supposed to be? Some of the seemingly tiniest choices I’ve made throughout the course of my life, have, in hindsight, resulted in life altering changes. I can trace these moments back […]

A Conversation with Fr. Gary Thomas, Exorcist
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A Conversation with Fr. Gary Thomas, Exorcist

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The priest upon whose experience the book and movie The Rite are based, Father Gary Thomas  gives an extended interview to Leticia Velasquez, about the writing and purpose of the book, the realism of the movie, and his experiences with the Rite of Exorcism: Velasquez: I’d like to ask my first few questions about the […]

Faith, Doubt, and Demonic Possession in <i>The Rite</i>
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Faith, Doubt, and Demonic Possession in The Rite

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“I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves.” Screwtape, in The Screwtape Letters by […]

Birth of a Family: Review of <i>A Change of Plans</i>
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Birth of a Family: Review of A Change of Plans

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This past weekend I had an opportunity to preview the upcoming “Family Movie Night” feature, A Change of Plans (FOX, January 8 at 8 p.m. EST).  As I watched, I couldn’t help but compare this couple’s experiences with what my husband and I went through when we first received our children.  Chris was 2-1/2, Sarah […]

Lost at Sundance
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Lost at Sundance

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Two days in to week two at Sundance and I am detecting a theme, at least in the films that I selected to see at this, the nations premiere independent film festival: we are lost. I am sure that there are plenty of feel-good films here in Park City, but for some reason, I have […]

What Went Wrong for <i>The Perfect Game</i>
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What Went Wrong for The Perfect Game

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I took three of my grandchildren to see The Perfect Game yesterday.  My daughter is a manager at a mall theater and she had told me that the movie opened Friday and no one went to see it. I knew it was unlikely that it would stay past the weekend without a major change. I […]

The Fire of <i>Twilight</i>
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The Fire of Twilight

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That’s right, I partook of the forbidden fruit; I’ve always been a sucker for a vampire story. And I think that Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series is that.  Now, I’m not saying it’s great literature, nor am I disputing that it contains disturbing material, especially for a young audience – but I did enjoy the action […]

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