DVD seeks answers from the cast of The Passion of the Christ

{mosimage}It's not going to be the blockbuster that Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ became, but a spin-off documentary DVD is in a quiet way more interesting. The Big Question, released this month in Canada by independent Toronto filmmaker TH!NKFilm, is a gentle movie that asks very important questions.

Some lessons in spiritual life

At the beginning of March, Philip Groning’s film Into Great Silence came into a theatre in New York that specializes in foreign films. It was advertised as having a two-week run. But when each of the three daily showings continued to sell out, the theatre owners put “Held Over” up on the marquis. Now, at month’s end, it’s still playing to full houses. The DVD went on sale in Canada April 3.

Pope remembered on film

TORONTO - The first Canadian theater screening of the film “Karol: The Pope, The Man” will be shown at the Ontario Place IMAX Cinesphere in English and Polish on Mar . 31 and in Italian Apr. 1. It is being sponsored by Catholic Youth Studio-KSM Inc.

Jesus tomb discovery ‘nonsense’

last-tomb-of-jesusTORONTO - The claim by a Toronto filmmaker that he had found the true burial site of Jesus of Nazareth — along with Jesus’ wife and child — began to sink under withering criticism almost as soon as he revealed his new film Feb. 26.

Movie review: Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan takes a great starting point and turns it into a bad movie.

Priest paves path of non-violence

{mosimage}The Narrow Path, 1 hour 8 mins., directed by Gerard Thomas Straub, funded by The San Damiano Foundation.

TORONTO - The Narrow Path is a documentary about Jesuit Father John Dear, a devout pursuer of non-violence. In the film he speaks about the harm invoked by violence and war and how we can become a people working toward eliminating violence around the world.

Movie novelization strips down important lessons

{mosimage}The Ultimate Gift  by Rene Gutteridge (Thomas Nelson Press, paperback, 170 pages,  $14.99 U.S.).  

The Ultimate Gift has been adpated from its original form, a novel by Jim Stovall, into both a movie by FoxFaith and a novelization of the movie by Rene Gutteridge.

Simpsons family values takes the big screen

{mosimage}If there aren’t many out-and-out surprises for fans of the durable TV series (18 seasons and counting) on which it is based, there are chuckles to be had in abundance.

Harry Potter film harbours Christian themes

{mosimage}WESTFIELD, Mass. - July will be a big month for Harry Potter fans and Fr. Michael Bernier, parochial vicar at St. Mary parish in Westfield, proudly counts himself among the myriad of Potter devotees.

Superman: man of faith

{mosimage}Superman has returned to earth and he looks more like Christ than ever before.

The 2006 release of Superman Returns is directed by Bryan Singer and opened in Canadian theatres on June 28.

The film's introduction explains that Superman ascended from earth five years earlier to find out who survived on the planet Kryptonite.

John Paul II film released on DVD

The late Pope John Paul II is brought to life with the DVD release of the two-part mini-series aired on CBC this past summer, entitled Karol, A Man Who Became Pope and Karol: The Pope, The Man.