SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT

SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT
August 21, 2020  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “The Secret Garden” (PG, STX) is the fourth film adaptation of the beloved 1911 children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924). It joins such recent films as 2019’s “Little Women” in introducing today’s children to classic tales.


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April 17, 2020  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Whose life doesn’t involve a crazy mixture of heartbreak and joy, despair and hope, death and life, weakness and redemption? Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck), the protagonist of the sports drama “The Way Back” (R, Warner Bros.), can surely relate to all those shared highs and lows.


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April 3, 2020  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The reasons the church continues to honor the Apostle of Ireland more than 1,500 years after his death shine forth in the film “I Am Patrick” (Unrated, CBN), a docudrama that will be screened in theaters on dates to be announced.

Written and directed by Jarrod Anderson, the profile — subtitled “The Patron Saint of Ireland” — seeks to debunk many of the myths and legends that have grown up around its subject over the centuries. The goal is to capture who Patrick really was as a man and a follower of Christ.


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February 21, 2020  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT

NEW YORK. “Harriet” (PG-13, Focus) is a long overdue drama chronicling the exploits of the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Maryland-born Harriet Tubman (c.1822-1913).

The film’s greatest asset comes in the form of Cynthia Erivo, a veteran of the London stage who breathes spirit and pathos into the titular character.


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November 15, 2019  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “Arctic Dogs” (PG, AMBI Group) serves up family-friendly fare, scoring high on the cuteness meter despite its lack of originality.

The little ones will love Swifty (voice of Jeremy Renner). He’s a fox who always dreamed of being top dog for the Arctic Blast Delivery Service (ABDS).


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October 5, 2018  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT

NEW YORK. Turning the legend of Bigfoot on its head with plenty of laughs along the way comes the animated musical comedy “Smallfoot” (PG, Warner Bros.).

While definitely entertaining on the surface, the film — co-written by Karey Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera, and directed by Kirkpatrick (“Over the Hedge”) — involves underlying themes that Catholic parents will want to address with their kids.


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November 17, 2017  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT

NEW YORK. Writer-director Margaret Betts takes a stab at a genre that always seems to fascinate people, even those with no religious affiliation: nun movies.

Unfortunately, “Novitiate” (R, Sony Classics) falls short of presenting a well-rounded picture of what it is — or, in this case, was — like for a young woman to enter religious life and discern whether it’s right for her.


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