This category has reviews of Films or TV shows that deal with subjects or themes of interest to Catholics - reviewed from a Catholic perspective.

New film on St John Paul's visit to Ireland to be screened at Westminster Cathedral

Pope John Paul II arrives in Ireland

History was made in September 1979, when St John Paul II became the first Pope to visit Ireland.

His pilgrimage celebrated the centenary of the apparitions at Knock, in August 1879. It also marked the beginning of Ireland's Peace Process as nearly 300,000 heard his appeal at Drogheda to the men of violence: "on my knees, I beg you to turn away from the path of violence and return to the w...

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Review: 'Humans' - Raising the ethics of Artificial Intelligence

I am wary of technology and concepts like 'Artificial Intelligence', but the latest series of Channel 5's sci-fi drama 'Humans' has made me realise that complex questions surrounding the creation of high-functioning robots cannot be ignored. I believe that people of faith should be engaging with the issues involved.

The final episode of the third series of 'Humans' is on Thursday 5 July. ...

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Film: The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner is an upcoming and thought provoking animated film by Cartoon Saloon. Directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie, it raises awareness on sensitive and political issues. It has received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards, and has received a Canadian Screen Award for Adapted Screenplay, due to it's ability t...

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Sean Bean wins BAFTA for role in Broken

Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan

Sheffield actor Sean Bean has won a BAFTA for his lead performance in the BBC drama Broken. He collected his prize in a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall last night.

Set in a Catholic community in the north of England, Broken tells the moving stories of the people and their parish priest Fr Michael Kerrigan.

Their poverty, grief, crime and family troubles all evoke hi...

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Film: Edie

Edie, in cinemas from 25th May, tells the story of Edith Moore, an elderly woman who decides to fulfil a life-long dream of climbing Mount Suilven in Scotland. Featuring an unforgettable performance from Sheila Hancock, the film offers a chance to reflect on the themes of regret and renewal which run through all of our lives, and which are at the heart of the Christian message. A com...

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BBC upholds complaint about false depiction of Jesuit in TV series


Prior to broadcasting the repeat of the BBC series Elizabeth I's Secret Agents, the BBC has re-edited two of the episodes following a complaint about misleading statements about a Jesuit priest. The series tells the story of how Elizabeth I's spymasters kept ahead of plots to overthrow her, and later her successor James I.

The Jesuit priest Fr John Gerard, famous for his darin...

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New film tells story of Irish Presentation Nun - Sister India

Sr Loreto with film poster

An Irish Presentation Sister, Sr Loreto Houlihan, is the subject of a documentary - Sister India - produced by Irish film-maker, Myles O'Reilly. Sr Loreto, born Peg Houlihan near Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary in 1927 has spent 70 years teaching in India where she recently celebrated her 91st birthday. The film is currently being screened at a number of film festivals in Ireland and in India.<...

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New film explores unknown life of St Maximilian Kolbe

Two Crowns, directed by Michał Kondrat, (in Polish with English subtitles) is the first movie to feature little known facts from the life of Father Maximilian Kolbe - from his childhood to the heroic decision to sacrifice his own life for a co-prisoner at Auschwitz.

Fr Maximilian Maria Kolbe, martyr, missionary and journalist, has been described as having 'a genius mind'. Besides leading...

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Film: Another News Story

A powerful documentary film which was reviewed on ICN by Father Rob Esdaile last summer, is due to be screened at a number of venues in London next month. There will also be Q&As with the producer, director and others involved in the film at some of the screenings.

Another News Story takes a fresh view of the European refugee crisis. The film opens in 2015 Greece as refugees arrive on the...

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Film: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene has fascinated writers and artists over the centuries and been the cause of much speculation. Eastern Christian tradition always honoured her as the specially commissioned witness to Christ's Resurrection. Western Christendom muddled her identity with the woman taken in adultery, the repentant woman who washed Jesus' feet and Mary of Bethany, Lazarus' sister. Western art particul...

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New film: 'Pope Francis - A Man of His Word'

Wim Wenders with Pope Francis

The official trailer for a new film entitled: 'Pope Francis - A Man of His Word' was released today, on the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's pontificate. Written and directed by the three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, the film is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him.

Mgr Dario Eduardo Vigano, Prefect of the ...

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ACN-backed film nominated for Oscar

International Gold Student Academy Award winners Tobias Rosen, producer of Watu Wote and director Katja Benrath  ©ACN

A short film, produced with support from Aid to the Church in Need - which tells how Muslims in Kenya gave their lives saving Christians from gun-toting Islamists - has been nominated for an Oscar.

Watu Wote: All of us - which was part-funded by ACN via the production company Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN), has been short-listed for the Best Short Film (Live Action)...

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Film: Lady Bird

A gentle, funny, coming-of-age story. Although set in the early 80s, in Sacramento, California, in one sense Lady Bird has all the ingredients of your classic adolescent drama - the rebellious teenager in her final year at high school, clashes with her mother, first encounters with the opposite sex, the best friend, moods swerving from elation to despair. But it's so much more.

What lifts...

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Feel the Force: Star Wars and Ignatius

Whether you have never seen it or whether you are a fully paid-up member of the Jedi religion (there are 176,632 of them in England and Wales according to the 2011 census), Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon that is hard to ignore. Tim McEvoy writes in Pathways to God .

It began as a risk-taking 'space opera' in the tradition of Buck Rogers back in 1977 that many involved in the ...

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