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Young actress helps children imitate the saints in new TV series

CAITLIN Swan has never met her great-great-great aunt, but the story of how she saved a young girl who had fallen down a well with only a pair of Rosary beads is a popular favourite in the young woman’s home. Miss Swan, from Brisbane, is the great-great-great niece of St Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, a Palestinian nun and founder of the ... Read More »

The House with a Clock in its Walls

  THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS: Starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Owen Vaccaro. Directed by Eli Roth. Rated PG (Mild supernatural themes and violence, some scary scenes). Running time: 104 minutes By Arnie Hurdoyal A RETURN of the old kid horror formula, The House with a Clock in Its Walls pitches well to its ... Read More »

Christopher Robin

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Starring Ewan McGregor, HAylet Atwell, Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi, Toby Jones, Chris O’Dowd. Directed by mark Forster. Rated PG. Running time: 104 minutes. By Arnie Hurdoyal AN “adult” film illustrated by child-like figures, Christopher Robin is fairly straight-forward in its messages but substantial nonetheless, especially for those who may have forgotten the simplest truths amidst life’s hustle and ... Read More »

The Merger

THE MERGER: Starring Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany, John Howard, Fayssal Bazzi. Directed by Mark Grentell. Rated M (Coarse language). Running time: 103 minutes By Arnie Hurdoyal THERE seems to be a new excitement going around in the past couple of years when it comes to Australian-made motion pictures being released thanks to a new wave of quality films such as ... Read More »

The Battle Against Evil Continues

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Alex Baldwin Running time: 147minutes   THERE seems to be no signs of stopping for evergreen superstar Tom Cruise and the now 22-year-old franchise that is Mission: Impossible. Originally a television series aired from the late ’60s to ... Read More »

Never a Dull Moment with Heroes

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR: Starring Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Rated M (Fantasy themes and violence) 156 minutes. WITH such heavy anticipation and expectation, Marvel Studios delivers again with an astounding culmination of a 10-year lead-up. Avengers: Infinity Wars goes straight to the deep end, breaking the rules. ... Read More »

Mary’s Strength of Heart Shines

MARY MAGDALENE: Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim. Directed by Garth Davis. Rated M (Mature themes) 120 minutes AFTER the new light shed on the misconceptions of the person of Mary of Magdala comes a film that takes us on a pensive journey, of following the calling placed on one’s heart, to step out of the ordinary ... Read More »

A Joyous Journey of the Heart

FINDING YOUR FEET: Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley. Directed by Richard Loncraine. Rated M (Coarse language) 111 mins. WE all deserve a second chance in life, don’t we? Whether that means giving someone else a second chance by forgiving them for their mistakes or giving yourself a second chance at discovering who you truly are. Directed ... Read More »

What Brisbane Catholics are reading this summer

Whether holidays are the one time of the year you can do some serious reading or you are looking for a good thriller to take to the beach, several Brisbane Catholics have a recommendation to fit the bill, from travel to memoir, and crime fiction, books about saints to papal documents. Pam Betts, Brisbane Catholic Education, executive director Dear Pope Francis: ... Read More »

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