Worth Watching in June 2011

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By Peggy Weber


Television and internet

 

The Hallmark Channel presents Rock the House, an original movie about a man who tries to improve his relationship with his teenage daughter and organize his work life — and connect with the members of his high school garage band.  (June 11)

 

Also on Hallmark, Honeymoon for One tells the story of a broken-hearted, almost-bride (Nicollette Sheridan) who learns about love and trust in Ireland. (June 4)

 

the Catholic View for Women on EWTN (thecatholicviewforwomen.com) is billed as “a positive, relevant, and fun alternative to today’s toxic TV shows targeting women.” June 10’s show will discuss “Extreme Makeover: Seeing Yourself through the Eyes of Christ.”

 

Kindly Light Media, a Dominican venture found online at kindlylightmedia.com, is an international team of artists and thinkers dedicated to producing first-class films and documentaries, energized by the Holy Father’s plea for a new evangelization. One of their recent projects, Master of the Sacred Palace, is a short documentary featuring the theologian of the Papal Household.

 

A new website for families, teachers, and religious educators, VeggieTales.com features games, lessons, fun with clip art, and many faith-based activities connected with the beloved show.

 

PBS offers new programs this summer including Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Steps to Incredible Health, which touches on the crisis of obesity and chronic disease in America (check local listings). Also, during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, PBS features Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided on American Experience. (Mondays, June 20-27)

 

American Masters presents Maestro James Levine: 40 Years at the Met on PBS. (June 1)

 

FILM


CAVU Pictures is releasing Vito Bonafacci, a faith-based, independent film about a wealthy Italian American Catholic businessman who has a crisis of faith. He wakes up to the reality that he has turned his back on God for the pleasures of the material world. Parishes and groups can request showings at VitoBonafacci.com.

 

In Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a house painter’s (Jim Carrey) dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. In reply, one of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox. Before he knows it, he has a litter of 12 beaked birds and loads of adventures. (June 17)

 

In A Better Life, a Mexican man tends to the gardens of Los Angeles’ wealthy to give his estranged son a better life. A bad business deal leads to chaos. (June 24)

 

Cars 2 brings the voices of Owen Wilson and John Ratzenberger to this Disney cartoon. Shot in 3-D, the film brings Lightning McQueen overseas to compete in the first-ever world grand prix. (June 24)

 

DVD

 

In Encounter, five strangers are stranded at a deserted roadside diner. The Christ-like proprietor gives them a lot more than food. Trust is at the crux. (June 14)

 

True Grit, the Oscar-nominated movie with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, is a western remake that focuses on redemption and justice. (June 7)

 

Peggy Weber

Peggy Weber holds a B.A. in English from Providence College and an M.A. in journalism from Marquette University. She is a reporter, producer, and social media editor for Catholic Communications for the Diocese of Springfield.