Column: While I advocate for the best films and performances, the film industry has a vision problem in the films it chooses to award.
Art & Media
Movie review: "A Simple Life" invites viewers to contemplate the delicate turns of grace in the very ordinariness of life.
In 1987, football coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) loses his job at a high school for losing his temper and throwing a shoe at a kid. It wasn't the first time. He is hired by the high school in McFarland in California's central valley as the assistant coach and life science teacher despite the principal's hesitation.
Grace on the Margins: Even the most charismatic of prophets suffer uncertainty and burnout. In these moments, the prophetic community plays a critical role.
Watching the parade of stars and agents and handlers pass her by, she wondered if anyone would stop and talk to her.
"Who expects to see a nun there?" she figured.
With the great hype for the now record-breaking opening box office for the movie "50 Shades of Grey," which I knew I was never going to see, I posted links on Saturday to a review by Claudia Puig at USA Today (she's Catholic) and an insightful essay from Kirsten Anderson from LifeSiteNews.com (not my usual go-to place for commentary, but this one is exceptional).
Last week was a tough week for journalism: In just the two least-publicized news stories, veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in Manhattan and New York Times media columnist David Carr died of complications from lung cancer.
The film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which opens in theaters Friday, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle.
The Catholic bishop of Buffalo, N.Y., has warned fellow prelates to step up preaching on the true beauty of sex-within-male-female-marriage -- and do it pronto.
The film examines the whistleblowers' motives, actions and considerable repercussions they experienced for speaking out against abuse.
Review: "American Sniper" is set up visually like a militarized, mythic Western reduced to good guys vs. bad guys.