• Best Picture nominee 'Brooklyn' is a rare gem about ordinary life

    Best Picture nominee 'Brooklyn' is a rare gem about ordinary life

    • Mar 18, 2016

    “Brooklyn” is new this week on Blu-ray and DVD. “Brooklyn” is what seems like an increasingly rare gift: a film about the drama and discovery of an ordinary human life: about love and loss, sorrow and self-discovery, in a story that for once is not overshadowed by some deep injustice

  • Priests, religious, and the Oscars

    Priests, religious, and the Oscars

    • Jan 29, 2016

    Two of this year’s eight best picture Academy Award nominees, “Spotlight” and “Brooklyn,” present dramatically different depictions of Catholic clergy — although neither gives a clerical character more than a few minutes of screen time. “Spotlight” paints a sickening picture of clerical predators protected from prosecution and shuffled from parish