News in Film Review

A Royal for Rome? The last Stuart monarch's life unravelled

A Royal for Rome? The last Stuart monarch's life unravelled

by: Mark Lawson - The Tablet in Film Review,
Popular with modern dramatists is the game of imagining the royal history plays that Shakespeare never wrote. The subjects evaded him either because they would have been too dangerous – Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn – or due to the great chronicler of English monarchy being dead by the time the events occurred. 
Spanish eyes: new kid on the TV drama block

Spanish eyes: new kid on the TV drama block

by: Lucy Lethbridge - The Tablet in Film Review,

Long ago, there was a time when the British comfortably basked in the assumption that their television drama was the best in the world and that the European small screen was dominated by silly quiz shows and people playing apparently incomprehensible practical jokes on each other. But that was before 2011 and the arrival on our screens of the first series of The Killing, the Danish noir drama of murder, corruption and politics.

"For Greater Glory", the Movie about a 14 year old Saint

"For Greater Glory", the Movie about a 14 year old Saint

by: Margaret Galitzin in Film Review,
José Luis was born on March 28, 1913, in the town of Sahuayo, Michoacan, the third of the four children of the cattle ranchers Señor Macario Sánchez and Señora Maria del Río. The Sanchez family was one of the leading families of the area, known to be virtuous and strong Catholics. José was a good boy with a natural piety, an obedient and loving son. 
Shining a Spotlight on the Catholic church

Shining a Spotlight on the Catholic church

by: Francine Stock - The Tablet in Film Review,

There’s been a growing fascination among film-makers with the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The latest, Spotlight, opens in Britain next week. It depicts an institution concerned first and foremost with its own protection.

BBC2 drama Wolf Hall is a work of fiction

BBC2 drama Wolf Hall is a work of fiction

by: Diocese of Shrewsbury Online in Film Review,

Two bishops have now expressed their own reservations about the drama because of its “dark” depiction of St Thomas, a martyr canonised in 1935 and made patron of politicians by Pope St John Paul II in 2000. “We should remember Wolf Hall is a work of fiction. Wolf Hall is not neutral.

Fr. Robert Barron weighs in on “Noah”

Fr. Robert Barron weighs in on “Noah”

by: Deacon Greg Kandra in Film Review,

What is significant is that Noah remains utterly focused throughout, not on his own freedom, but on the desire and purpose of God.  God, creation, providence, sin, obedience, salvation:  not bad for a major Hollywood movie!

Extravagant Stillness

Extravagant Stillness

by: Luke Davies in Film Review,

 "If you don't have time to read this ad, it was written for you," announces an advertisement for a philosophy course that appears in newspapers from time to time. The implication clearly being: slow down your life; get in touch with something more essential.

Debunking"PHILOMENA"

Debunking"PHILOMENA"

by: Bill Donohue - Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in Film Review,

Contrary to the impression given by Sixsmith, the nuns did not operate an adoption assembly line; rather, they cared for children who were given to them, and sought to place them in a loving home. The data show that the "thousands" of kids that the nuns allegedly put up for adoption at this time is badly inflated.

'Son of God' draws rave reviews from religious leaders

'Son of God' draws rave reviews from religious leaders

by: Barbara Vancheri - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Film Review,

"I have to say, of all the films I've seen about Jesus, this is the most moving. The manner in which they portray some of the significant scenes takes on a love and a tenderness and a merciful side of Jesus that maybe isn't always as beautifully portrayed," Bishop Zubik told the Post-Gazette.

The gospel according to Philip Seymour Hoffman

The gospel according to Philip Seymour Hoffman

by: James Martin SJ in Film Review,

An excerpt from the book A Jesuit Off-Broadway by Fr James Martin SJ.  Fr James Martin served as a consultant on the film Doubt, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. The following are Martin's thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman as an actor, director and a human being.

Religious Themes Dominate “Venice Film Festival”

Religious Themes Dominate “Venice Film Festival”

by: The Guardian Express in Film Review,

 If you have been keeping up with the “Venice Film Festival,” than you are should be aware of winners and losers from best picture to best director.  But it’s fittingly for a festival where about half the titles in the official competition had religious themes,

Movie on importance of fatherhood wows at box office

Movie on importance of fatherhood wows at box office

by: Marianne Medlin - Catholic News Agency in Film Review,

“There is an opportunity for fathers to step up in our culture and take more of a spiritual role and to affirm and love their kids and to prepare them for what should be a Godly legacy among families,” Alex Kendrick, actor and director for “Courageous,” said.

Monk tragedy "Of Gods and Men" proves surprise hit.

Monk tragedy "Of Gods and Men" proves surprise hit.

by: BBC - Emma Jones in Film Review,

 Of Gods and Men is true story that is moving audiences worldwide
Nine monks go about the simple rhythms of their life, in the certain knowledge that they face an imminent death. It's based on a real story. In 1996, seven French Cistercian monks were kidnapped and then killed at Tibhirine in Algeria, amidst rising religious and factional violence. Their murderers were never found.