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A Movie Masterpiece

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

October 1986

Kurosawa dramatizes the truth that the sins of the parents are visited on their children. The harm Ran has done has returned to haunt his old age.

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Memories of Great Comedies from the Past

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

September 1986

Is moviemaking such a risky business that even an extraordinarily gifted performer cannot be sure in advance how a proposed project will turn out?

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Trivialized Sex, Cheap Film

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

July August 1986

Hollywood's standard view of sexuality frequently works against a film’s best intentions. Is all the bed-hopping supposed to have any real significance?

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Fellini Back in Stride

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

June 1986

An artist who apparently works very much from his feelings and intentions, Fellini turns his camera on people and lovingly watches their foibles and failures.

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Just Awful

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

May 1986

Contemporary film is quite advanced; the tools are available for making significant films. What is obviously lacking is insight.

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The Marx Brothers as a Sign of God?

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

April 1986

There may be a benevolent God and life may have a meaning because how else can you account for the marvelous humor in a Marx Brothers’ movie?

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Insatiable Love

Eileen Egan

March 1986

Gandhi, after an early distaste for Christianity because of its relationship to imperialism and aggressive “soul-savers,” came to a deep identification with the message of Jesus.

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Out of Africa

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E Lauder

March 1986

It was from her 17-year experience in Africa that Karen Blixen, under the pen name of Isak Dinesen, wrote her highly acclaimed stories of Africa.

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Clerical Complicity

A CINEMATIC VIEW

Robert E. Lauder

January-February 1986

"The Official Story" explores the conversion of an upper-class Argentinian interested only in the happiness of her own family into a deeply caring, unselfish woman ready to perform heroic acts of justice and charity.

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Gosnell: The Bigger Picture

GUEST COLUMN

Alexandra Wilson

December 2018

Gosnell’s attorney asks why Gosnell should be convicted of murder in the case of “Baby A” but not in the cases of the countless other babies.

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Emblem of an Exhausted Era

CULTURAL COUNTERPOINT

Jason M. Morgan

October 2018

"Novitiate" is a film to be expected at the bitter, burnt-out end of the sexual revolution. It is not so much a movie as a cry for help.

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Infinity War: A Call to Action

GUEST COLUMN

Alexandra Wilson

July-August 2018

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The Rise of the "All-Conquering Female"

GUEST COLUMN

Robert Barron

March 2017

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The "Biggest Nothing" in History

ON THE WEST'S IDENTITY ANXIETY

Edwin Dyga

December 2016

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On Pilgrimage with Pope Francis

ESCHEWING SECURITY, HEADING FOR THE PERIPHERIES

Raymond T. Gawronski

January-February 2015

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Through a Lens, Darkly

VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, #39

Stanley T. Grip Jr.

December 2014

Excessive confidence in the supposedly foolproof technical quality of America’s nuclear-weapon system is the subject of the classic thriller "Fail-Safe."

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Bringing the Gospels Back to the Big Screen
January-February 2014

Hollywood knows there's a lucrative market for Christian movies -- as demonstrated by , the modern-day gold standard for biblical screen portrayals -- and studios have big plans to cash in.

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The Orientalism of Barack Obama

GUEST COLUMN

Terry Scambray

November 2012

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Surprise! A Hollywood Film that Treats Fatherhood with Respect

GUEST COLUMN

Erin O'Luanaigh

April 2012

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The Third Man & the Third Millennium

VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, #23

John Martin

May 2011

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Peering Into the Abyss

EVIL TO HIM WHO THINKS EVIL

Maria Hsia Chang

October 2008

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Catholic Cameos From the Silver Screen

'ON THE WATERFRONT' & OTHERS

Lawrence B. Porter

January 2007

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A Great Catholic Film (Made By a Protestant)

THE NINTH DAY (AVAILABLE ON DVD)

Dimitri Cavalli

October 2006

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No Sane City

EXHIBIT A: LOS ANGELES

Charles A. Coulombe

January 2005

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The Siege of Western Civilization

GUEST COLUMN

Charles A. Coulombe

July/August 2004

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In Case You Didn't Get to See The Passion of the Christ a Second Time

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

E. Christian Brugger

June 2004

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Previewing Mel Gibson's Passion

CHRIST'S PASSION & GIBSON'S LYNCHING

Michael Morris

February 2004

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A Nation of Narcissists?

"I'M ENTITLED..."

David C. Stolinsky

June 2002

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From the Sistine Chapel To the Silver Screen

LIGHTS. CAMERA. LET'S BASH CATHOLICISM!

Lawrence B. Porter

March 2002

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The Christian Gifts of J.R.R. Tolkien

NOT A HIPPIE CULT FIGURE

Bradley J. Birzer

November 2001

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Homosexuality & the Entertainment Media

IS THE "GAY BATTLE PLAN" INVINCIBLE?

Michael Medved

June 2001

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Dogma: A Damnable Mess of a Movie
January 2000

Nothing here to engage you and much to depress you.

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We Love to Look in the Mirror

AS HOLLYWOOD KNOWS

Patrick Coffin

October 1999

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Power, Money, Deals, Drugs & Bimbos

HOLLYWOOD ACCORDING TO THOSE IN THE KNOW

Wayne Lela

October 1999

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The Cartoon Saga of Unholy Moses

LET MY PEOPLE GO TO THE VIDEO STORE?

Mark T. Lickona

September 1999

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Is God a Cloud? Does She Have Breasts?

THE MARYKNOLLERS & THEIR SOUL MATES

Mark Tooley

March 1998

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A Truly "Eerie" Film?

GUEST COLUMN

Francis Canavan

September 1996

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Walker Percy: The Man & the Movie

A SCANDALOUS SENSE OF PARTICULARITY

Ronald Austin

October 1993

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Memories of 1964

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

March 1989

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What Does Real Faith Require of Us?

BEYOND THE LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE AGENDAS

Michael Gallagher

November 1988

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