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Ascension: Go Forth, I Am With You Always!

Fr. Richard Pagano reflects on the readings for this upcoming Sunday (May 28th, 2017). He reminds us that just like the Apostles, we are all called to announce the Gospel of the Lord. Fr. Pagano is a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of St. Augustine, FL. He is currently enrolled in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program.  

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Why Do You Go to Mass?

Fr. Richard Pagano reflects on the readings for this upcoming Sunday (May 21th, 2017).  Fr. Pagano is a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of St. Augustine, FL. He is currently enrolled in JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing program.

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The 4-Hour Film Challenge

(Pictured: A scene from the short film “Life,” which won the 4-Hour Film Challenge. The film was made by Maria Oscilowski, Colton Machado, Vince Salerno, Austin Matte, and Annie Bucheit. Watch “Life” here.) — By Hannah Dorss — We recently saw the inauguration of an event that will doubtless become a classic in the JPCatholic community. The event, called “The 4-Hour Film Challenge,” …

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‘Wonder Woman’ Resuscitates the DC Extended Universe

(2017—Director: Patty Jenkins) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) In 2016, Warner Bros. released Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (BVS) and Suicide Squad to get the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) underway. An intense storm of division between audiences and critics followed both films. Great pressure began to precede the next DCEU installment—the solo debut of Wonder Woman on the …

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Social Media Rhetoric: Podcast with Dr. Peterson

In this interview with Immaculate Heart Radio, Dr. Matt Peterson discusses a variety of topics, including social media, rhetoric, culture, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Dr. Peterson is a Professor of Media, Politics, and Culture at JPCatholic.

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‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’—A Rough But Overall Positive U-Turn for the Franchise

(2017—Directors: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars) Six years removed from the last installment of Pirates of the Caribbean and with another directorial shift (this time to the directorial team behind the 2012 Oscar-nominated historical drama Kon-Tiki), Disney, Johnny Depp, and company return for the fifth time to this fantasy swashbuckling world. The resulting installment is …

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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’—Legend Meets Excessive Style

(2017—Director: Guy Ritchie) ★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) tends to emphasize style over substance in his films. This remains the case with his latest work—Warner Bros.’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Ritchie tries to combine the classical nature of Arthurian legends with his trademark montages and quick cuts. The …

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Learning the Ins and Outs of Alcon Entertainment

  (Pictured: Alcon Entertainment’s new film, Blade Runner 2049, which will be released October 6, 2017). The following is a reflection from JPCatholic student Rachel Wostenberg, on her internship at Alcon Entertainment. How did you secure your internship?  When the internship search began I contacted Prof. Chris Riley, my screenwriting professor.  He gave me the email of his friend Ryan Dornbush …

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ in ‘Cars 3’

(2017—Director: Brian Fee) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Pixar released the first Cars in 2006. While it achieved financial success, many noted the subdued critical reception and suspected that the film served only to sell toys. In those same minds, the film’s 2011 sequel Cars 2 confirmed that suspicion. Since then, Pixar and their films have faced backlash and …

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Vatican Releases Online Questionnaire for Youth

(By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire — available in English, Spanish, French and Italian — can be …