• Norm of the North

    A wisecracking polar bear ventures south to save his home environment from destruction in “Norm of the North” (Lionsgate).

    Though suitable for all ages, this animated comedy is unlikely to make much of an impression — either on targeted kids or on the long-suffering adults who accompany them.

  • ‘The Revenant’ and search for higher justice

    Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about Oscar-nominated movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing.

  • ‘Songs from the North’: A film by Soon-Mi Yoo

    North Korea is perhaps the most secretive, least-known country on earth. A totalitarian dictatorship, its cult of personality has elevated three generations of the Kim family, starting with Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), to the status of gods.

    Soon-Mi Yoo, a professor of film and video at the Massachusetts College of Arts, grew up in South Korea. At REDCAT recently, she introduced the documentary she directed and edited, “Songs from the North.” 

  • ‘Captive’ star David Oyelowo on the Christian messages behind his role

    In September, actor David Oyelowo starred in the Paramount Pictures release “Captive,” playing a man named Brian Nichols who made national headlines in 2005 when he killed four people while escaping from prison during his trial for a rape charge. The reason why Oyewolo found Nichols’ life story worth telling was because of what happened next.

  • Can film be sacred art? For one Catholic, the answer is a resounding 'yes'

    When T.J. Berden and his film crew set out to produce “Full of Grace,” they knew they wanted to do something different.

  • Concussion

    Neither the National Football League nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation comes off particularly well in the fact-based drama “Concussion” (Columbia).

    But the film’s central figure, the Nigerian-born coroner Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), certainly does.

  • The Revenant

    If your idea of entertainment is watching Leonardo DiCaprio gorge on the raw liver of a freshly killed buffalo, then “The Revenant” (Fox) is for you.

    This wilderness survival drama, directed and co-written by Alejandro Inarritu (“Birdman”), is chock full of squeamish moments.

  • The Gospel according to Luke… Skywalker

    In what might qualify as a Christmas miracle, my wife and I actually managed to have a date night. What we didn’t know is that the restaurant we chose included a floor show. The eatery was adjacent to a multi-screened movie theater and it just so happened to be the opening night for the new Star Wars movie.

  • Rivers and tides

    Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time” is a 2001 documentary about an artist who makes “sculptures” out of, among other things, leaves, rocks, sand, sticks, roots and skeins of sheep’s wool, many of which fall in upon themselves, or melt, or are borne away on the incoming tide.

  • ‘The Letters’ filmmaker discusses faith, changing the world

    In his prior career as a newsman for CBS, William Riead had an unusual knack for finding himself smack in the middle of historic moments. For instance, he was covering President Gerald Ford when Ford had not one, but two assassination attempts made on his life in the space of three days.

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Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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