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  • ‘Bicycle Thieves’ and true poverty

    ‘Bicycle Thieves’ and true poverty

    One of the 45 films of the 1995 Vatican film list in the “Values” category, “Bicycle Thieves” (1948) is new on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection. The enduring power of Vittorio De Sica’s heartbreaking Italian neorealist classic “Bicycle Thieves” (originally released in the US as “The Bicycle Thief”) lies in

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  • 'That’s a crucifixion!'

    'That’s a crucifixion!'

    Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up! Taking Joey Doyle’s life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion. And dropping a sling on Kayo Dugan because he was ready to spill his guts tomorrow, that’s a crucifixion. And every time the Mob

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

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

    “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

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  • Animation and the cultures of life and death

    Animation and the cultures of life and death

    “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” That famous maxim of Dr. Seuss’s high-minded elephant Horton, hero of “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Horton Hatches the Egg,” has long been claimed by pro-lifers. It’s graced countless handmade signs at pro-life demonstrations, appeared on T-shirts, been sig quoted in e-mails

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  • Silent rage against the machine: 'Metropolis' and 'Modern Times'

    Silent rage against the machine: 'Metropolis' and 'Modern Times'

    “The Complete Metropolis” and “Modern Times” are available on Blu-ray from, respectively, Kino Lorber and The Criterion Collection. They are also both available streaming from Amazon. This Sunday, March 6, marks the 89th anniversary of the opening of Fritz Lang’s German Expressionist epic “Metropolis” (1927) in New York City. Almost

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  • Jesus movies and anti-Semitism

    Jesus movies and anti-Semitism

    Deacon Greydanus explains how two movies about Jesus: Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” provoked criticism because of charges of anti-Semitism, along with the pervasive, extreme violence and blasphemy.

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