Film & Television


  • Return to Middle Earth

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    When Peter Jackson first set out to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien, the original plan was a trilogy beginning with The Hobbit and covering The Lord of the Rings in two sequels. But film rights for The Hobbit weren’t available—and plans to… read more

  • Martyrs, heroes, and rebels: “For Greater Glory”

    by Julie Rattey

    What price would you pay for freedom? In “For Greater Glory” (releasing June 1) which tells the story of the real-life martyrs and heroes of the 1920s Cristero War, which arose in response to government oppression of Catholicism in Mexico… read more

  • From Darcy to ‘Downton’: The appeal of the costume drama

    by Julie Rattey

    “It really does boil down to one moment writ large…” says British TV critic Kathryn Flett. “Man steps out of lake, world changes. Television is never the same again.”   The man stepping out of the lake, of course, is Colin… read more

  • Worth Watching in January and February 2012

    by Peggy Weber

    TELEVISION & MULTIMEDIAPBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE focuses on figures and events of the American West, including Billy the Kid (Jan. 10), Custer’s Last Stand (Jan.17), Wyatt Earp (Jan. 24), and Annie Oakley and Jesse James (Jan. 31).   Busted… read more

  • Worth Watching in December 2011

    by Peggy Weber

    INTERNETThe Congregation of Holy Cross recently re-launched, offering tools designed to introduce potential candidates to life as a Holy Cross priest or Brother and help lead them through their discernment process. Catholic TV… read more

  • Worth Watching in November 2011

    by Peggy Weber

    TELEVISION, RADIO, AND MULTIMEDIA PBS introduces NOVA’s “THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS,” hosted by physicist Brian Greene, and reveals more wonders of the universe. Wednesdays (Nov. 2 to 23). Also on PBS comes the season premiere of MASTERPIECE … read more

  • Worth Watching in October 2011

    by Peggy Weber

    Television, Radio and Multimedia Hallmark Movie Channel will air FINDING A FAMILY, based on the true story of Alex Chivescu, a foster child who searches for a new mom and dad. (Oct. 15)   Also on Hallmark, LOVE’S EVERLASTING COURAGE, the second prequel … read more

  • Worth Watching in June 2011

    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. … read more

  • Worth Watching in May 2011

    by Peggy Weber

    Television, Radio & Multimedia   The Beatification of Pope John Paul II will broadcast on Catholic TV at noon and 8 p.m. Watch on Sky Angel channel 142, selected cable outlets, or online at (MAY 1)   This clever and… read more

  • Worth Watching in April 2011

    by John P. McCarthy

    Television, Radio & Multimedia   ABC Family Channel has begun national broadcasts of THE SUNDAY MASS, produced by Passionist Communications. Celebrated at St. Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel) in New York’s Times Square, the liturgy can… read more