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Entertainment choices for February 2010

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By John P. McCarthy

Television & Internet

NBC and its sister networks cover the 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (February 12 to 28).

H2ONEWS, dubbed the “Catholic CNN,” showcases the work of national and diocesan channels as well as other global Catholic news providers. Go to www.h2onews.org.    

On EWTN’s FAITH BOWL III, Major League Baseball players Mike Piazza, Mike Sweeney, and Bobby Keppel discuss the challenge of living the Catholic faith amid the glamour of professional sports (February 7).

Also on EWTN, historian Father Charles Connor looks at the SPIRITUAL LEGACY OF ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN (February 2).

The HBO movie TEMPLE GRANDIN chronicles the life of a best-selling author, inventor, animal scientist, and advocate who was diagnosed with autism as a child. Claire Danes stars (February 6).

CATHOLICBOOKVIDEOS.COM has aggregated book videos — also called book previews or Book Trailers™ — for books by Catholic publishers and authors.  

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are now blogging at sistersofmercy.org/connect.


BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME is a civil rights drama based on the memoir by scholar Timothy Tyson. Set during the 1970s in North Carolina, it explores the racial upheaval, and ensuing social change, provoked by the acquittal of a white father and son accused of murdering a black man (February 19).

The gods of Mount Olympus leap from the pages of a high school student’s mythology texts in the adventure-fantasy PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (February 12).

From a novel by Nicholas Sparks, DEAR JOHN concerns a young soldier (Channing Tatum) home on leave and the idealistic college student (Amanda Seyfried) he falls in love with (February 5).

MY NAME IS KHAN follows a Muslim man, originally from India but living in San Francisco, as he travels across the United States, inspiring people and inviting debate (February 12).

In the romantic comedy VALENTINE’S DAY, the lives of 10 people in Los Angeles intersect. Garry Marshall directs Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, and others (February 12).

Inspired by a polarizing event in recent French history, a young woman’s lie about being the victim of an anti-Semitic attack, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a complex psychological drama starring Catherine Deneuve (February 26).

The documentary THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS deals with issues surrounding the Vietnam War, the Nixon administration, and freedom of the press (February 5).

Video & DVD

Rarely seen performances by the biggest stars of Gospel’s Golden Era are featured on BLACK HISTORY COLLECTION: SOUL OF THE CHURCH (February 2).

AFG FILM WORKSHOP is a 4-DVD set showing how to make, market, and distribute full-length feature films from a Christian perspective. Visit AdventFilmGroup.com.

A LAMP IN THE DARK: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE BIBLE tracks the history of the Bible from the first century to the present and features interviews with scholars and dramatic re-enactments. Go to adullamfilms.com


(Dates and schedules subject to change.)
Alpine Skiing photo from www.vancouver2010.com

John P. McCarthy