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The Reel March Madness: March 2018

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— by Tyler Carlos — As the shortest, and yet somehow longest, month comes to a close, the moviegoers have much to be excited about as we head into March. Similar to last year, it seems that movie studios are eager to release some of the most anticipated titles to end the first quarter of 2018 with a bang. Each week …

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The World is Not Your Oyster

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Fr. Andrew Younan, Professor of Philosophy, gives the charge to the graduates. This speech was given at JPCatholic’s 9th Annual Commencement Ceremony on September 1st, 2017. For all the 2017 Graduation speeches, click here.

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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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The Transcendence of Paul Simon’s Music

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– By Sam Hendrian – Music always has and always will have the power to lift up our souls towards the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. The songs of legendary musician Paul Simon have achieved this noble purpose multiple times throughout the years. Fueled by poignant spiritual pondering and immense emotional honesty, much of Simon’s music speaks to the deep …

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Seven Valentine’s Movies for the Seven Heavenly Virtues

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–By Sam Hendrian– Valentine’s Day (and Lent) is here, and chocolate (and people giving up chocolate) abounds. While the word “love” has been grossly commercialized and abused throughout history, it is important to remember its true meaning and purpose: the selfless giving of one’s self. As my favorite high school teacher once challenged us, “sacrificial love” is redundant. Immersing ourselves …

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25 Films with Hidden Christian Themes

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– By Sam Hendrian – While Hollywood has produced a good share of well-made movies that are clearly Christian through-and-through (A Man For All Seasons, The Passion of the Christ), it has also produced countless other gems that are deeply Christian at their core despite not looking so on the surface. Here are 25 excellent films that convey various Christian themes …

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Chutzpah: What Famous Filmmakers Have in Common

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– By Sam Hendrian – There are many roads that lead to a career in the film industry, and almost none of them are straight. This fact may cause young filmmakers to wonder: How do I know what the right path is to take? While taking film courses at a university certainly builds skill-sets and provides much-needed experience, it is still …

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Blessed Are Those Who Watch Christmas Movies

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The 8 Beatitudes in 8 Christmas movies  – By Sam Hendrian – ‘Tis once more the season to be jolly… and watch lots and lots of Christmas movies! Of course, we know as Christians that Christmas and the Advent Season are about so much more than cozying up in front of the television and watching a crotchety Santa Claus say, “You’ll …