• Two good choices from the 'Vatican film list'

    • Nov 25, 2014

    Among recent home-video releases from the Criterion Collection are a pair of celebrated art films recognized by the Vatican nearly 20 years ago in a remarkable document often called the “Vatican film list.” Released by the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications in 1995 to mark the 100th anniversary of the

  • 'Mockingjay: Part 1': A sidelined Katniss makes for a mostly action-free movie

    • Nov 20, 2014

    “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ended with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen shooting a well-timed arrow at the sky and taking down the Hunger Games arena, giving Panem’s rebel forces a unique opening against the totalitarian Capitol. It was a potent symbolic victory not unlike Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death

  • Producers of 'Ignacio' are trying again

    • Nov 17, 2014

    The Philippines-based producers of “Ignacio,” a feature-length film about St. Ignatius of Loyola, have launched a second crowd-funding campaign on IndieGogo. So far, $165 has been raised. Nearly every donation level receives a free gift. The Jesuit Communications Foundation, a media organization in the Philippines that produces audiovisual materials for

  • Hollywood producer puts the ‘power of film at the service of the poor’

    • Oct 29, 2014

    BURBANK, Calif. — Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore once starred in his productions, but no glitterati appear in his more recent work. And this former CBS television executive and one-time “General Hospital” producer knows you won’t spend a Friday night watching his films. But even here, in this intensely self-conscious

  • Catholic University screening of ‘Milk’ to proceed

    • Oct 17, 2014

    Not only will students at the Catholic University of America get to watch “Milk,” but the film’s screenwriter has also been approved to speak on campus, Crux has learned. Students at the school have been given the go-ahead to reschedule a screening of a biopic chronicling the life of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk,

  • A neighbor from hell could be a saint in disguise

    • Oct 17, 2014

    Can the next-door neighbor from hell be a saint in disguise? When a Hollywood comedy pairs a dissolute, misanthropic curmudgeon with a cute young kid, you expect a story of redemption — particularly when the movie is called “St. Vincent,” and the curmudgeon’s name is Vincent. When the curmudgeon is