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  • The Virgin Mary At the Movies

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Mary of Nazareth, now touring North America in isolated screenings hosted by Ignatius Press, is the latest in a number of films over the last couple of decades focusing in a special way on the role of the Blessed Virgin in the gospel story. This development… read more

  • Twelve Years A Slave

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, now in theaters, isn’t just an astonishing film about an important subject. It’s also a rare and valuable film of a kind I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before.   I can’t believe … read more

  • Over the Rainbow

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Vatican film list honoree The Wizard of Oz celebrates its 75th anniversary with a 3D IMAX release in late September and a new collector’s edition October 1st.   “Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what’s on the other side?” … read more

  • Ghibli Film Is Summer's Best-Kept Secret

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Looking back over the movies of summer 2013, it’s been a lackluster season for Hollywood so far—and that applies particularly to one of my favorite movie categories, animation. The best of the summer was Pixar’s latest sequel, Monsters University—… read more

  • Top Ten Movie Dads

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Picking the top 10 movie dads was both easier and harder than picking the top 10 movie moms (see last month). Easier, because there were more candidates to choose from—and harder for the same reason! (Candidates for worst movie dads are also more plentiful… read more

  • Top Ten Movie Moms

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    When I set out to make a list of great movie moms in honor of Mother’s Day, I knew it wouldn’t be easy—but I found it even harder than I thought. Let’s face it: Great mothers are in short supply in the movies.   Still, … read more

  • Neglected Family Fare

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    It’s spring break 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); … read more

  • Through Mary's Eyes

    by Robyn Lee

    Irish-born Roma Downey is most known for her role as Monica on the hit TV series Touched By An Angel. Now Downey and her husband Mark Burnett have produced a 10-hour miniseries, The Bible, which will premiere on March 3 on The History Channel.  … read more

  • God on the Big Screen

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    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… read more

  • 2012 Movies Worth Watching

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The movie year 2012 was disappointing. Nothing this past year has overwhelmed me like the previous year's transcendent Of Gods and Men. Few films have offered the blend of moral and artistic power of True Grit, Winter’s Bone, and The … read more