Catholic review of indie coming of age film Her Name Was Jo

Not all coming of age stories are created equal.  In recent years, a lot of this material has often fallen into the category of either the shallow and silly, or the overly… Continue Reading

Catholic review of Instant Family starring Mark Wahlberg
I heard a lot of conflicting things about the Mark Wahlberg comedy Instant Family back when it was in theaters – ranging from… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review of comedy film Late Night starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling

I was really interested in watching the Mindy Kaling/Emma Thompson comedy Late Night, when I discovered that it’s now on Amazon Prime… Continue reading
I was five years old when the first Toy Story movie came out. It wasn’t the absolute favorite movie of my five-year-old self by any means, but… Continue Reading
Review of Catholic indie film Evergreen
I know I’m not alone in my typical dislike of most movies that are considered “Christian” or “faith-based” films. As much as I respect… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review of coming-of-age dreamed Eighth Grade

I first heard about the coming of age indie film Eighth Grade some time ago when it was garnering a bunch of critical acclaim around the time it came out last year… Continue Reading

Even if you’re super into Santa Clause stories (which, for the record, I am not), the sheer number of generic, almost made-for-TV type movie options along these lines that can be found… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review of Netflix film Sierra Burgess is a loser

When it comes to young adult movies, Netflix originals seem to me to be pretty hit or miss. Some of them, like Candy Jar, are pretty clean, fun, and well-done. And some… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Marvel's Black Panther, currently streaming on Netflix

So, I’ve taken a long time to get around to seeing what’s pretty much the most critically acclaimed Marvel movie ever made. To be honest, I probably still… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Netflix film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I first heard of a novel called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from the blog of a film school acquaintance of mine. She’d posted… Continue Reading 

Catholic-perspective review of Netflix film Brain on Fire

I first saw the trailer for the Netflix movie Brain on Fire as one of those pop up-type trailers when Netflix opens that start playing before you even select anything. Most of the time… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, currently on Netflix

I saw the first Thor movie in college because some friends I was with wanted to watch it on DVD. And I found it a fairly forgettable, standard superhero movie… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Disney and Pixar's Coco

Basically, when you hear that a movie is Pixar, you know it’s good (we’ll forget about Cars 2 for a moment). Most of the time, Disney Pixar movies… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Amazon Original film Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston

I remember seeing a trailer some time ago for this light-ish looking drama starring Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston, Last Flag Flying. And I was surprised because… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Netflix original film Candy Jar

I tend not to get too terribly excited anymore when I see a new Netflix original movie or series that’s in the young adult genre, despite the fact that… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Amazon original film The Big Sick

I do admit I’m not one hundred per cent in love with its name, but The Big Sick is a pretty darn funny and worthwhile comedy film… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on horror-thriller A Quiet Place starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

I have no fondness for horror. Like, sure, I watched “Stranger Things,” but I can’t really think of another horror film/show I’ve even… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on The Case for Christ faith-based movie

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I can’t stand most “Faith-Based” or “Christian” movies. After years of feeling a little guilty that I found them almost unbearably cheesy… Continue Reading

Catholic-perspective review on Disney's new Wrinkle in Time adaptation

I’ve never read Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy classic novel. And I only knew very vaguely what it was about, until I googled its plot before watching the movie. So, I’m not at all of the camp that is up in arms… Continue Reading

Catholic-Perspective Review of Female Superhero Movie Wonder Woman

After months of hearing nothing but praise for the new female-driven superhero movie Wonder Woman, it’s now out on DVD so I finally saw it. Needless to say… Continue Reading

I’ve heard a lot of varying reactions to Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast remake. I’m talking, thoughts that are so radically different they span the range… Continue Reading

Apparently, I missed hearing about this movie when it first came out in 2014. I’d never heard of it until we stumbled upon it on Netflix one day while… Continue Reading

I love a good young adult, coming of age story. And… I hate a bad one. There’s been a weird phenomenon lately, where most of the ones I’ve see on-screen have been falling into the latter category… Continue Reading

I remember, at some point in my adolescence, a new prime-time comedy show came out on one of the networks, a show called “Baby Bob.” The premise was… Continue Reading

Okay, time for another movie rant. The other day, I was browsing the $5 DVD bin on a Walmart run when I found The Intern and snatched it up… Continue Reading

I hated Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” adaptation for lots of reasons. You can read my rant in The 13 Reasons Why Issues No One is Talking About. But despite the travesty… Continue Reading

I love comedies. But the thing is, in recent years anyway, your typical straight-up broad comedy movie has a lot of raunchy material in it… Continue Reading

Often, when a big new animated movie comes out on DVD, we rent it from Redbox and watch it together with our 3 year old for a little family movie night… Continue Reading

The most recent Star Wars movie, Rogue One, is already on Netflix streaming. My husband is a fairly big fan of sci-fi in general and Star Wars in particular… Continue Reading

I’ll be the first to admit that I know very little when it comes things like modern warfare or the intricacies of the recent Middle Eastern conflicts that the U.S. has taken part in… Continue Reading

I saw the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie a few months back and thought it looked like a fairly promising family movie night choice that my husband and I might enjoy along with our 3-year-old… Continue Reading

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie that I disliked enough to write a fun rip-apart review on. Enter Marvel’s Doctor Strange… Continue Reading

Typically, when I sit down to watch a Pixar movie with my toddler (or in the past, by myself or with my husband…), I know it’s going to be good. Let’s forget about Cars 2 for a moment, and acknowledge… Continue Reading

The Amy Adams/Clint Eastwood baseball movie Trouble with the Curve recently came to Netflix. I’d heard of it before, was vaguely aware that I’d heard of it in a positive light… Continue Reading

My husband Luke was in a journalism class last semester, and he had a homework assignment to watch one of two journalist-themed movies, one of which was the 2016 Oscar winner Spotlight… Continue Reading

Sometimes when I look up Oscar-nominated movies (since I often haven’t heard of them until they are nominated), I get really excited about them. The Big Short was not one of those movies… Continue Reading

I first watched Pixar’s Up years ago, probably around the time it came out on DVD, and I remember liking it, but honestly the movie as a whole was not… Continue Reading

I’m about to say something that could make me wildly unpopular: I didn’t love Despicable Me. Partly, it had too much cutesie/gimmicky humor. And partly… Continue Reading

I have a confession to make. I didn’t like The Notebook. I know, it’s almost like I lose some serious girl-cred to even say that. Because women in general seem to think… Continue Reading

I’m kind of a sucker for historical dramas. Especially romances. So when I saw the trailer for Allied, which hinted at both a romance and a thriller aspect that would keep Luke interested… Continue Reading

Sometimes I’ll see movies that I’ve never heard of in the “Trending Now” list on Netflix, and I’ll get excited about the possibility of finding a hidden gem… Continue Reading