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A search of individual identity

IDA: Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Rated M (Mature themes). 80 minutes By Donata Morelli THE film takes place in the early 1960s, in Poland, in the middle of the time of the Communist regime. Anna is a young novice who is about to take her vows as a religious sister. She lives in ... Read More »

WIN – Earth Unites with Heaven

The winner of The Catholic Leader’s book competition is L Parada of Strathpine, QLD. Written by Gerard Moore, Earth Unites with Heaven offers an insight into the larger lines of thought, prayer and action that underpin the liturgical year, with interesting facts, historical traces and popular devotions to enrich worship and participation. Earth Unites with Heaven is available at St Paul’s ... Read More »

Project takes wrong turn

PROJECT ALMANAC: Starring Amy Landecker, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-DíElia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner. Directed by Dean Israelite. Rated M (Coarse language and sexual references). 106 minutes. By John Mulderig TEENAGERS should avoid taking on Project Almanac. Though obviously aimed at adolescents, this sci-fi fantasy showcases behaviour and dialogue that responsible parents would not want their youngsters either to ... Read More »

Brilliant work on the theme of John’s gospel

LIFE ABOUNDING: A READING OF JOHNíS GOSPELBrendan Byrne; St Paul’s Publications, Strathfield, NSW; $35.95 Reviewed by Terry Oberg  NO book has been more misunderstood than the Bible. No book makes more demands on those who seek to unravel its message than the Bible. No book has been the catalyst of so much brilliant scholarship as the Bible. Fr Brendan Byrne’s ... Read More »

Exploring Jesus’ teachings to add meaning to life

JESUS MATTERSCharles Waddell; St Paul’s Publications, Strathfield NSW; 2014. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn THIS concisely written small book by Western Australian parish priest, theologian and medical anthropologist Fr Charles Waddell offers a faith-enriching exploration into relevant matters in Jesus’ teachings that are fundamental to people who seek to make meaning of life. Informed by wide reading, years of pastoral work ... Read More »

Human touch lacking

STILL ALICE: Starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, Hunter Parrish. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer. Rated M (Mature themes and infrequent coarse language) 101 minutes By Kurt Jensen THE real depredations of Alzheimer’s disease and its toll on the families of the afflicted are not on display in the flawed drama Still Alice. Iris, the ... Read More »

Religious dimension in tales of outback

AMAZING GRACEEdited by Bill “Swampy” Marsh; ABC Books; $23.95 Reviewed by Terry Oberg THE outback is a significant part of the Australian identity. For an urbanised nation this is incongruous but, none the less, valid. It has produced real-life characters and, for our poets, storytellers, painters and musicians, rural life has been a mine of people, incidents and legends on ... Read More »

Brief history of Hawking

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING: Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox. Directed by James Marsh. Rated PG (Mild themes). 123 minutes  By Kurt Jensen COSMOLOGY and metaphysics, both challenging enough as academic topics, don’t blend well into an autobiographical film. That’s the lesson of The Theory of Everything. With a script by Andrew McCarten – based ... Read More »

WIN – Something About You

The winners of The Catholic Leader music competition are:   J Rodgers of Hocking, WA K Malone of Brisbane, QLD Winners will receive a signed copies of Fr Rob Galea’s latest album, Something About You. Fr Rob described the album as “the fruit of my journey as a new Catholic priest” in an interview with The Catholic Leader late last year, with ... Read More »

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