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Movie Review: Paul, Apostle of Christ

March 28, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: Paul, Apostle of Christ

I was excited when I learned that the life of Saint Paul was going to be made into a movie. Among the saints, Saint Paul is one who has a movie-worthy life:  his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus, a daring escape plan that involved being lowered down the window in a basket, preaching […]

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Movie Review: Mary Magdalene (2018)

February 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: Mary Magdalene (2018)

A friend and I were given free tickets for a preview of the upcoming film Mary Magdalene. The visuals were truly exquisite, bringing to life the stark beauty of poor Hebrew dwellings, their dress and cuisine, and the simplicity of life in a fishing village, with the soothing susurration of the waves ever present. However, […]

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Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

January 23, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

The Christian movie King’s Faith (2013), available on Netflix, is a beautiful and moving story of faith and redemption. Best of all, it manages to convey the reality of faith without being corny or trite, examining complex human issues like death, crime, divorce and abortion with tenderness, displaying the full reality of the pain and […]

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The Old Testament and the Karate Kid

November 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Old Testament and the Karate Kid

It is a common charge against Christians that we ignore the unpalatable parts of the Bible, in particular the rules set down in Mosaic law as recorded in the Pentateuch. Firstly, the Old Testament is a pre-Christian record of the development of the Jewish people as a nation. It’s also an account of how mankind […]

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Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

August 15, AD 2017 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

[Caution: spoilers ahead] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a moving paean to fatherhood. The entire movie centers around Henry Turner’s quest to release his father Will from a curse damning him to eternal servitude on The Flying Dutchman. The movie opens with 12-year-old Henry locating the sunken ship which holds […]

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Moana: the Ocean & the Holy Spirit

July 27, AD 2017 1 Comment
Moana: the Ocean & the Holy Spirit

Guest post by Magdalyn Fiore. A lengthy comparison between the Ocean and the Holy Ghost? What can I say except you’re welcome! I recently saw the Disney film Moana for the first time. As you might know by now, the movie has some encouraging themes, such as stepping up to responsibility, discerning one’s calling, and […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

July 11, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

The Jungle Book (2016) is a masterful adaptation of Kipling’s book, paying due homage to the classic Disney film with its meshing of the familiar soundtrack with exquisitely-rendered new visuals. It is also a tale of growing up in a dangerous world, of fulfilling one’s telos or true end, and of choosing to practice virtue […]

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The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

April 11, AD 2017 2 Comments
The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

In the Martin Scorsese film Silence, based on the book by Shūsaku Endō, the Jesuit protagonists face a terrible choice: to renounce their faith and trample on the image of Christ, or to let their flock of Japanese faithful suffer torture and death. In saving their flock in the temporal realm, did they not risk […]

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Rogue One: An Advent Story

December 22, AD 2016 1 Comment
Rogue One: An Advent Story

If you are a Star Wars fan, you have likely felt either excitement or apprehension when considering the release of “Rogue One”. This is uncharted territory for the Star Wars universe. A movie without an episode number, without an opening scroll, and independent of a trilogy to tell the story. We knew it would be […]

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Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

October 12, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

May 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

  (The article below contains a few minor spoilers. Continue only if you don’t mind or have already seen the film!) Yet another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet again stores and the Internet are bursting with promotional materials. It seems that nearly everywhere we turn we come across another image of Captain […]

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Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

February 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

Every Lent and Easter brings up movie adaptations of Jesus’ life, and this year’s new installment is Risen, produced by Sony’s Affirm Films faith-based division. Recently I was able to attend a premiere screening of Risen at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City. A roundtable discussion afterwards with the star, […]

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