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Hardy tale of romance

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD: Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Rated M (Mature themes and sex scene) 118 minutes By Joseph McAleer THOMAS Hardy’s 1874 novel about romantic entanglements in the English countryside returns to the big screen in “Far from the Madding Crowd”. In this fourth film adaptation of ... Read More »

Atheist travellers’ questions can be ‘clarifying’

WHAT ARE WE DOING ON EARTH FOR CHRISTíS SAKE?Richard Leonard SJ; Paulist Press; $26.99 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC RICHARD Leonard, a Sydney-based Queensland-born Jesuit who has a doctorate in cinema studies, is well known to an expanding and appreciative readership for his earlier works – Where the Hell is God?, Why Bother Praying? and What Are We Waiting ... Read More »

Rescue of a Beach Boy

Hit machine: A re-creation of the 1960s star group The Beach Boys in the movie Love & Mercy.

LOVE & MERCY: Starring John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Kenny Wormald. Directed by Bill Pohlad. Rated M (Mature themes, drug use and coarse language) 121 minutes By Kurt Jensen GREAT art arising from unremitting suffering is a time-tested motion-picture theme. When this reliable template is applied to the biographies of pop-culture stars, however, what typically occurs – ... Read More »

WIN – My Autistic Awakening

The winner of The Catholic Leader’s book competition is: P Mawbey of Brookvale, NSW Click here to read the review of Rachael Lee Harris’ moving autobiography My Autistic Awakening.  Read More »

Love brings redemption

ALOHA: Starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Rated PG (Mild themes and coarse language) 105 minutes By John McCarthy HAWAII’S allure as a tropical paradise derives from its pristine beaches, fragrant flora, colourful mythology and air of laid-back hospitality. But the islands are also defined by their history as ... Read More »

Beauty emerges from life of real discovery

MY AUTISTIC AWAKENING: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL FOR A LIFE WELL LIVEDRachael Lee Harris; Rowman & Littlefield; 2015 Reviewed by Emilie Ng RACHAEL Lee Harris’ memoir leaves you wanting to give her a long, gentle hug. You’re left with this feeling not because she has Asperger’s syndrome, but purely because of her determination as a woman to find her place on ... Read More »

WIN – Rise of the Eco-Warriors

The winner of The Catholic Leader’s Rise of the Eco-Warriors DVD competition is: C Simmonds of Lake Mary, QLD. The documentary follows a group of 15 young people fighting deforestation and saving endangered species in the jungles of Borneo, while prompting conversations on ecological conversion, social justice and consumer-driven greed. Read More »

Family movie with hope

TOMORROWLAND: Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Raffey Cassidy. Directed by Brad Bird. Rated PG (Mild science fiction, violence and coarse language) 130 minutes By Joseph McAleer AGAINST all expectations, Walt Disney took a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and turned it into a blockbuster film franchise. Now the studio has similar hopes for an ... Read More »

’Til there was Him

Lead performers in the upcoming production of Queensland Musical Theatre's The Music Man.

ALONE, content, indifferent – all of these words resonate with each of us. At some time we have been alone. We have been content with our lives. We have been indifferent to any other way of living; much like the blind man. He was blind from birth, alone minding his own business. He was content with his lot, not knowing ... Read More »

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