• Interview with actor Brendan Gleeson of ‘Calvary’

    When it was released last August, the movie “Calvary” drew attention for directly tackling the issue of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. 

  • Bringing Art Alive: Special one-night engagement, ‘The Vatican Museums 3D’ offers viewers a chance to see the Vatican’s greatest artworks tonight at 7 p.m. in theaters citywide

    It’s nearly every devout Catholic’s dream to visit the Vatican at some point in their lives, and experience firsthand the majesty of its art collection. Generally regarded as the greatest art collection on earth, the Vatican’s holdings include such wonders as Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  • FILMS: 'Dumb and Dumber To,' 'Beyond the Lights'

    We have it on the authority of Forrest Gump that stupid is as stupid does. And so it proves with the broad comedy sequel “Dumb and Dumber To” (Universal). Though obviously well-intended, the romantic drama “Beyond the Lights” (Relativity) includes elements that make it problematic even for grown viewers.

  • Interview with star of ‘Dolphin Tale 2’

    Father Ed Benioff, director of the Office of the New Evangelization, “Radiate LA,” at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had the opportunity to speak with Nathan Gamble, 16, one of the stars of “Dolphin Tale 2,” on how this film speaks volumes about overcoming adversity, the importance of volunteering, and most importantly, building a culture of love.

  • ‘Land of Silence and Darkness’: Filmmaker Werner Herzog and the deaf-blind

    Werner Herzog is the German filmmaker whose notion of “ecstatic truth” has brought him, among other places, to the Peruvian rainforest (“Aguirre, the Wrath of God”), death row (“Into the Abyss”), Antarctica (“Encounters at the End of the World”) and the Alaskan wilderness (“Grizzly Man”). But to me his finest film is “Land of Silence and Darkness,” a 1971 documentary about a 56-year-old German woman named Fini Straubinger. Fini suffered a fall down the stairs when she was 9. Several years later she went blind. Then she went deaf. Then her mother confined her to bed for three decades.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Book of Life,’ ‘Best of Me,’ ‘Fury’

    The Book of Life (Fox) - Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? That’s the backdrop for this entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Alexander,’ ‘Judge,’ ‘Left Behind’

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Disney)

  • Movie reviews: ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘Song,’ ‘Italy’

    The Boxtrolls (Focus): If Charles Dickens collaborated with Dr. Seuss, he might have produced this charmingly bizarre urban fable about rich and poor and things that go bump in the night. This 3-D adventure, featuring impressive stop-motion animation, is based on the 2005 children's book "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow.

  • Reese Witherspoon says latest film inspires with Christian hope

    Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in a new film about the Lost Boys of Sudan, which she says features strong Christian messages of faith in God and perseverance in the face of hardship.  
     

  • Movie reviews: ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘Song,’ ‘Italy’

    The Boxtrolls (Focus): If Charles Dickens collaborated with Dr. Seuss, he might have produced this charmingly bizarre urban fable about rich and poor and things that go bump in the night. This 3-D adventure, featuring impressive stop-motion animation, is based on the 2005 children's book "Here Be Monsters!" by Alan Snow.

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Jean Beliveau, RIP

REV. RONALD ROLHEISER, OMI

Jean Beliveau was more than an athlete, though certainly he was a one-in-a-million athlete. The record of his achievements almost defies belief. He played in the National Hockey League for 20 seasons and retired with 10 championship rings. 

 

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    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Our Lady of Grace School Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Avenue, Encino. (818) 342-4686.

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