What’s in a name? Use a clip from the 2005 movie Nanny McPhee to bring attention to the importance of names and how, or if, names describe us. In Isaiah 43:1 we learn that God promises “I have called you by name; you are mine.” Both teenagers and adults will enjoy a discussion about names and identity.
Robert Duvall, who plays homicide detective Tom Spellacy, and Robert Deniro, who plays his younger brother Father Desmond Spellacy, a Catholic priest, try to reconcile despite vast differences in their life experiences. Based on the 1977 novel by John Gregory Dunne who also co-wrote the screenplay, True Confessions is filmed entirely on location in Southern California with the Roman Catholic Church as an ever-present backdrop.
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This film by director Ava Duvernay (the first African American woman to receive a Best Director award at Sundance Film Festival and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award) combines the genres of biography, documentary and drama in presenting the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King within the context of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The film, reviewed here by Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary, raises questions about how to live the Christian life amid the challenges of particular times and places in our broken world.
This independent film produced by Paulist Pictures depicts the events that took place in the final years of the life of Father Oscar Romero, a Roman Catholic bishop who served in the nation of El Salvador in Central America and who was appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. The film shows Father Romero’s transformation from quiet conservative to fiery champion of justice.