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For the Season of Grace and Redemption: 10 Movies to Watch During Lent

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–By Sam Hendrian– Well, the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is upon us once again, and people will be scrambling to find something to give up or good deeds/spiritually-fruitful activities to perform. While watching movies may not be everyone’s idea of a fruitful Lenten activity (some people respectably sacrifice television for the season), there are several mainstream films that …

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An Inside Look: Working in Hollywood as a Christian

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For years, many Christian circles have held an “Us-vs-Them” mentality when it comes to Hollywood. The industry represents a kind of modern-day Nineveh that exports its secular culture and moral depravity across the globe. But are “Christian” and “Hollywood” really antonyms? Three JPCatholic professors and long-time Hollywood veterans shared their experiences of being a Christian in the film industry, while …

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Up-and-Coming Catholic Production Company Produces ‘The Hidden Rebellion’

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–By Sam Hendrian– On the rise in the entertainment industry is an up-and-coming Catholic production company called For You, Joan, LLC. Founded by Daniel Rabourdin, a French immigrant and former host/producer of Theology of the Table at EWTN, its goal is to produce universally-appealing movies that powerfully yet subtly transmit important messages about our modern times. Its first production as …

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Soul-Eating Fame and Dishonest Love in ‘Sunset Boulevard’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small!” So go the famous words of Norma Desmond, the delusional and ultimately crazy silent movie star at the center of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Controversial at the time among Hollywood circles for its biting …

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Longing for Love in ‘On the Waterfront’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – One of the most powerful and inspiring films of all time is Elia Kazan’s 1954 masterpiece On the Waterfront. Starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, it masterfully conveys the longing we each have for love and respect amidst guilt and the acute knowledge of our …

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‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’: A Lesson in Loving One’s Neighbor

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Thanksgiving is almost here again, and as soon as it is over, Christmas movies will abound on television. While more Christmas movies exist than anyone could ever count, Hollywood has not been as generous to the Thanksgiving holiday. Fortunately, we still have a few Thanksgiving gems …