Sr. Rose Pacatte

Sr. Rose Pacatte
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T-Meter Title | Year
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite was not my favorite film of the year, though the costumes are magnificent. Rather than a humorous film, I thought it a sad, tragic story of royalty and aristocrats fighting over status and playing at governing. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Roma, from writer/director Alfonso Cuarón, is a warm and loving memoir to Mexico City, where he grew up and was cared for by women who loved him and his siblings. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best rock dramas I have ever seen. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Return of the King is really the heart of this cinematic masterpiece. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) One of the most beautifully filmed movies I've seen in a decade. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) "Alita: Battle Angel" does not come near to delivering a plot and characters that rival these earlier films. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
66% Vice (2018) This brilliant film explores what writer and director Adam McKay was able to uncover about Cheney's life through drama and considerable satire. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
62% Bird Box (2018) Though Bird Box is not a religious film per se, Malorie leads by faith and not by sight. This film prompts a deep conversation exploring the meaning of interior, spiritual, and physical freedom. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) This is a disarmingly relevant film below the surface. But to appreciate it, one must suspend disbelief. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web lacks heart and compassion, choosing action over development of the flawed characters fans have come to love. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Director Peter Farrelly's empathy for the story and ability to draw such striking and nuanced performances from the actors will inspire audiences. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Though I liked the idea of a young girl with an interest in engineering, the integrated cast, and the ballet showcase, surely Disney can produce classic stories with more depth and feeling in ways that reflect their considerable resources - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton" is excellent in his first film role. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
84% Creed II (2018) The boxing sequences are brutal, no matter how much people want to turn boxing into a metaphor for inner growth and building character. The message is that family matters above all. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
57% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) The film may be preaching to the people who already believe that abortion is the taking of the most innocent of human lives, but perhaps it will inform and change some hearts. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) Wahlberg and Byrne have great chemistry and excellent comedic timing. Moner is thoroughly believable as the smart, vulnerable, and conflicted older sister who accuses Ellie of being a fake mom and Pete of being a white savior. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" may not be a perfect film, but it is probably one of the most important films you will see this year. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
98% On Her Shoulders (2018) The audience walks with Nadia. We feel her loneliness and fatigue. Yet she is hopeful and unstoppable. On Her Shoulders shows that it is not enough to be polite in the face of genocide. We must care and act. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) Cindy's journey, her determination to do well despite everything, is a human triumph. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) Sternberg is a talent to watch; the camera loves her. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) This film, directed by Susanna Fogel, is a crass and vulgar spy caper with few admirable qualities, aside from the competent pairing of Kunis and McKinnon and one terrific laugh about the overwrought menu of a certain American restaurant chain. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
71% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) While The Apparition is long and the drama uneven, the reverence for Our Lady and the genuine search for faith will inspire audiences. Mary is always present in the film. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Despite Wu's sympathetic performance as an independent woman willing to sacrifice her own happiness, in the end it's still all about getting the guy. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
36% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) This inspiring film, directed by Harold Cronk, is replete with themes of forgiveness, family, and faith. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) With a touch of romance and the promise of more sequels, the film is a superhero treat for ordinary mortals. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Hamilton's performance as the single dad, who is as awkward as his daughter, is warm and positive. Fisher is a revelation and plays her role painfully well. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) I have to admit, animated films are not my favorite genre, but every once in a while one surprises me. The children at the advance screening loved the film but, in many ways, "Smallfoot" is a contemporary and relevant parable for teens and grownups. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) Chris Weitz shows his versatile talent as a director who elicits performances that humanize all the characters, even the ones who seem to deserve it the least. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The first thing you will notice as you watch this film, and be distracted by, is how much Washington sounds like his father, Denzel Washington. Once you get over this, the story draws you in. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) "Kusama: Infinity" makes me believe that as Dostoevsky once wrote, "Beauty will save the world." - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
64% Lizzie (2018) This is a taut, quiet and rigidly paced psychological drama - from motive to arrest, indictment and acquittal - more than potboiler crime thrillers. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) Close's performance is Oscar-worthy. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) It is intimate, a little salty, and most entertaining. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
99% Science Fair (2018) If you want to "geek out" by rejoicing with young people who are willing to try, treat yourself to this film. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) "Christopher Robin" is delightful. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
90% Eating Animals (2018) Their stories are grim but hopeful. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The film tilts more toward action than ethics, but it's still a good film. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) The second upholds the franchise's tradition of a wild, confusing celebration of brute force and violence within the context of the war on drugs, with a touch of terrorism. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) The camera loves Offerman's expressive eyes and Sam's beautiful, determined face. This is a coming-of-age film for dads as much as it is for daughters. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) "Leave No Trace" is almost perfect. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
93% Beast (2018) Beast is a psychological thriller with terrific acting. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The children's acting is inspired. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) It's like watching an engrossing and funny soap opera. But what we are really watching is a highly constructed study of characters who must interact in a fairly isolated and confined place, however beautiful and comfortable, for a short period of time. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) The greatest gift he gives in this film is hope for the future. I envision this film being used for meditation, retreats and in catechesis. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
100% What Lies Upstream (2018) It seems to me that this timely new film establishes that the current attention given to Pruitt's living situation in Washington, D.C., and pay raises for officials in the EPA, are miniscule compared to the environmental disaster ahead. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) I question why director John Curran decided to tell this story and make this film now. I guess the term "alternative facts" - made popular by the current administration - explains it all. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
50% The Miracle Season (2018) Sean McNamara directs The Miracle Season with so much empathy that it compels me to give the film a B.K. rating (bring Kleenex). - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
100% The Heart of Nuba (2018) The Heart of Nuba is remarkable, to me, for Carlson's ability to show how a Catholic layman lives his faith in a world of conflict with almost no humanitarian aid and is able to support his team's efforts to help the sick, wounded and dying. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Dating Project (2018) The film's honesty, humanity, and humor will inspire young people and encourage parents to talk about things that matter before their children leave the nest. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
46% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) [James] Faulkner does a brilliant job of portraying the former persecutor of Jesus' followers. [Jim] Caviezel, in a welcome change from his more solemn performances in film and television, is an animated friend and scribe to Paul. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018