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Post: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [video]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: The Call [video]

The Call in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Oz the Great and Powerful [video]

Oz the Great and Powerful in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Spotlight: Junior Knows Best

The release of DreamWorks Animation’s new caveman comedy The Croods seems as good an occasion as any to spotlight my 2010 blog post “Junior Knows Best,” about one of my least favorite trends in family filmmaking.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Catholic Answers Live, 3/22/2013

This evening, Friday, March 22, I'll be appearing on the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm–7pm EDT).   Read more >

Review: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

C | ** | +1-1| Kids & Up*

Oz the Great and Powerful is brightly colorful, sincere and meant for children. That doesn’t make it good, exactly, but at least it’s basically the right kind of movie, which is saying something these days, alas.   Read more >

Article: Overlooked Family Fare: Top 10 Family Films Most Kids Haven’t Heard Of (And Lots More)

It’s spring break, or summer vacation, and the grandkids are visiting. Or you’re looking for a DVD for a birthday present. You want three things: a) something worthwhile (not junk); b) something they’ll enjoy (not just high-minded or educational fare); and, crucially, c) something they haven’t already seen to death.   Read more >

Review: The Kid With a Bike (2011)

A+ | **** | +4| Teens & Up

Here is a film that will break your heart, fill it with hope and challenge you to say Yes to God and to your neighbor, all at once.   Read more >

Post: New Blu-rays from Warner Bros

What does this year’s Best Picture front-runner Argo have in common with Grand Hotel (1932) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989), both recently released on Blu-ray?   Read more >

Review: Mrs. Miniver (1942)

B+ | *** | +2| Kids & Up*

Jan Struther, who created Mrs. Miniver for a series of newspaper columns later published in book form, was also the author of a number of Anglican hymns, including “Lord of All Hopefulness” (a staple in our family’s evening devotions). That biographical detail puts an interesting light on the religious elements in William Wyler’s Oscar-winning adaptation, Mrs. Miniver.   Read more >

Review: Grand Hotel (1932)

B | *** | +0| Teens & Up

Grand Hotel was the first film in history to fully realize the power of the Hollywood star system — the first all-star ensemble Hollywood film.   Read more >

Article: Religious Vision: Les Misérables and Anna Karenina

Have today’s movies lost religion? Not necessarily — but sometimes it helps to know where to look. For instance, mainstream films are more likely to include sympathetic depictions of religious faith in period pieces than in stories set in the present day.

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Post: On the Air: “Reel Faith” & “Catholic Answers Live!”

Tune into the second hour of “Catholic Answers Live!” tonight as Patrick Coffin and I discuss the best movies of 2012 and take your calls. Then come back in a week for our annual one-hour “Reel Faith!&8221; Oscar special!   Read more >

Post: Best Films of 2012: More Lists

Perusing the lists below (and bearing my own picks in mind), a number of recurring titles stand out — above all The Kid with a Bike (my #1 film of 2012), appearing on every list below except one.   Read more >

Article: 2012: The Year in Reviews

A masterpiece on the importance of fatherhood, from filmmakers honored by the Vatican, is among the year’s best films.   Read more >

Article: Against Capra’s Critics: In Defense of It’s a Wonderful Life

Perhaps the most beloved of Christmas movies, Frank Capra’s sleeper classic It’s a Wonderful Life has inevitably become a target of seasonal, iconoclastic culture-warmongering.   Read more >

Post: Les Misérables [video]

Les Misérables in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review (plus product notes).   Read more >

Post: Hyde Park on Hudson [video]

Hyde Park on Hudson in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [video]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

B- | **½ | +1| Teens & Up

There is an early moment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that captures the evocative poetry of Tolkien’s songs — something that The Lord of the Rings films, for all their achievements, never did. By the time the credits roll, that moment feels like it belonged in a very different film.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: “The World Over Live,” “Catholic Answers Live!” & “Reel Faith”!

This week I’ll be all over Catholic media talking about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: EWTN’s “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo, “Catholic Answers Live” with Patrick Coffin, and our own “Reel Faith” with my co-host David DiCerto. (Pay attention and you may catch me on “Kresta in the Afternoon” at some point too.)   Read more >

Post: Hitchcock [video]

Hitchcock in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Anna Karenina [video]

Anna Karenina in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Life of Pi [video]

Life of Pi in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Skyfall [video]

Skyfall in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Flight [video]

Flight in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Wreck-It Ralph [video]

Wreck-It Ralph in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: Lincoln (2012)

A | ***½ | +2| Teens & Up*

Steven Spielberg’s masterful Lincoln might more accurately have been called The 13th Amendment — and while the choice of the more marketable title is easy to understand, the more crucial decision to limit the scope of the film to the last few months of Lincoln’s life, and to focus less on Lincoln himself than on the political machinations of bringing about his most enduring legal legacy, must have been harder to make.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: “Reel Faith” & “Catholic Answers Live!”

This week I’m making a foray from my diaconal semi-hiatus from film reviewing, with new written and material and broadcast appearances — including the return of “Reel Faith”!   Read more >

Article: In Praise of Pixar Short Films

One of the more striking marks of Pixar’s innovative stature and impact on the world of Hollywood animation has been their pioneering revival of the long-neglected animated short film prior to the feature (at least prior to animated features) as an industry staple.   Read more >

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