60s Madness! Mr. Banks, Mandela, Madea, Hustle, Hobbit, Hunger Games, more!

12/23/2013 Comments (7)

Whew! Last week I wrapped up the fall semester in my seminary studies and taped the final episode of our holiday mini-season of “Reel Faith.” Now to start catching up on 2013 movies I’ve missed!

David and I also taped our last 60 second reviews for the year. The final batch includes Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson comedy-drama Saving Mr. Banks; the Idris Elba biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Tyler Perry’s A Medea Christmas; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and Black Nativity!

Enjoy! And watch our “Reel Faith” holiday mini-season finale at the show’s website.

Saving Mr. Banks (SDG)

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. That’s almost enough to sell the picture...READ MORE

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Reel Faith is back! New 60s! Frozen! Christmas Candle! Thor! More!

11/27/2013 Comments (2)

The holiday mini-season of “Reel Faith” is underway, and we have a slew of new 60-second reviews below. Check them out!

Note that David and I disagreed somewhat on Frozen and The Christmas Candle, so the 60s below only tell half the story — and our favorite film of those we discussed this past week, the Robert Redford seafaring thriller All is Lost, isn’t in the 60s below. To get the full picture on all these films, watch Friday’s episode of “Reel Faith,” now online at the website!

Frozen (SDG)

The critics love Disney’s Frozen. I think it’s a limp retread of Tangled. (See my full review.)

The Christmas Candle (DD)

Christian writer Max Lucado’s novela is brought to the screen...READ MORE

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Saint Francis movies! Gravity in 60 seconds!

No connection between the two.

10/04/2013 Comments (6)

The Flowers of St. Francis

It just happens that today is both the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and the opening day of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

You can read my full review of Gravity here at NCRegister.com. For the short version, see below.

Actually, I guess there’s a sort of connection, insofar as Gravity is full of the wonder of creation. It even connects the awe of the heavens with human religious instinct.

Come to think of it, if St. Francis could have seen the Earth from orbit, he might have written a Canticle of the Earth as well as a Canticle of the Sun.

For that matter, if Francis were an astronaut stranded in orbit and attempting reentry, just as he...READ MORE

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60s are Back! Cloudy 2! Wizard of Oz! Rush! Prisoners!

09/27/2013 Comments (1)

My second year of diaconal studies are well underway, but I’ve got a couple of full-length reviews coming up: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Meanwhile, David and I have returned to NET and shot some new 60 second reviews. Here’s the first batch!

By the way, if you didn’t know, The Wizard of Oz is in theaters for one more week, till October 3, in IMAX and IMAX 3D. Do not miss this chance to see this classic on the big screen.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (SDG)

Part of me kind of wishes they had kept the original title, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. (See my full review of the original.)

The Wizard of Oz (SDG)

Digitally remastered from the original negatives,...READ MORE

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Go Home New York Times, You’re Drunk

09/20/2013 Comments (115)

"The Times said what?!"

So apparently The New York Times is so beside itself over Pope Francis' epic interview yesterday, it can't decide what it wants to say about it.

In fact, in less than 24 hours, it seems there've been at least three different headlines for the same story: an inflammatory headline, a more moderate one, and then a crazy, go-for-broke moonbat insane headline.

The original headline (still preserved in the article URL) was bad enough:

Pope Bluntly Faults Church's Focus on Gays and Abortion

After that, for some reason, in an apparent fit of moderation, a more accurate headline was substituted:

Pope, Criticizing Narrow Focus, Calls for Church as 'Home for All'

Well, of course that...READ MORE

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So Long! Farewell!

08/27/2013 Comments (31)

Labor Day isn’t until next week, but for all practical intents and purposes it’s time to say goodbye to the summer season. This past weekend Suz and I drove Sarah back to Christendom College — and this week I begin year 2 of my diaconal studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary.

And that means that, along with my studies, it’s time, alas, to resume my semi-hiatus from film reviewing. Over the summer I enjoyed a prolific streak, reviewing movies almost every week, in writing, in 60-second reviews and on “Reel Faith.” (By the way, our “Reel Faith” summer season finale, with summer round-up and fall preview, is online at the show’s website.)

Now, though, it’s time to go back to reviewing...READ MORE

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Reel Faith season finale! In 60 seconds: The Butler! Elysium! More!

08/19/2013 Comments (3)

Last week David DiCerto and I wrapped up our fourth summer season of “Reel Faith” with reviews of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Elysium, looking back over the best and worst films of summer and ahead to the coming fall season.

Our season finale aired Friday at 8pm, and will be available soon on the show’s website. At this writing it’s not too late to catch the previous episode, in which we review Disney’s Planes, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and We’re The Millers.

If you’ve enjoyed “Reel Faith,” or our 60 second reviews, please stop by the show’s Facebook page and like us!

Meanwhile, enjoy the latest 60 second reviews. (For more 60s, including The Wolverine, 2 Guns and Smurfs 2, see...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: The Wolverine! 2 Guns! Smurfs 2! More!

08/02/2013 Comments (13)

Tonight on “Reel Faith” David and I review The Wolverine, 2 Guns, and Smurfs 2 (and I catch up with The Heat). Tune in tonight at 8pm EDT (watch NET live). You can also see last week’s episode at our website.

If you enjoy the 60s below, please do me a favor and like us on Facebook! Thanks.

The Wolverine (SDG)

He’s the best there is as what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. In a summer of overcooked Big Macs, Hugh Jackman’s latest is a gingery palate cleanser.

2 Guns (SDG)

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two great tastes that taste great together. So why did this film leave a sour taste in my mouth?

Smurfs 2 (DD)

David says the sequel is an upgrade on...READ MORE

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Steven D. Greydanus
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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and creator of Decent Films. With David DiCerto, he co-hosts the Gabriel Award–winning cable TV show “Reel Faith” for New Evangelization Television. He is a candidate for the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark, and has degrees in media arts and religious studies. He has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. Steven and his wife Suzanne have seven children.