Sr. Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles. She is an award-winning film journalist and author or co-author of 15 titles on film, film and Scripture and media literacy education. She has a master's of education in media studies degree from the University of London. Her dissertation for her doctorate in pastoral ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation is entitled "To Seek God's Face: Theological Approaches to Film." You find all her NCR reviews and articles at

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In compelling 'Hillbilly Elegy,' Adams, Close give strong performances

Review: The biopic "Hillbilly Elegy" offers a powerful look into a poor, white Appalachian family. Amy Adams and an unrecognizable Glenn Close convey struggle and sacrifice through their roles.

Raising questions, not giving answers, 'Soul' is an animated delight

Review: The animated film "Soul" may delight some mature viewers but consternate others, especially when it comes to philosophy and theology.


Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman make 'Ma Rainey's' one of 2020's best films

Commentary: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" premiered on Netflix on Dec. 18. Viola Davis' mesmerizing performance consumes the screen; and Chadwick Boseman as Levee broke my heart.

The four Christmas movies you should watch this month

A Victorian musical with toys, childlike wonder and magic; a transformative visit to the North Pole; a documentary about the people who answer letters to Santa; and a family holiday story under the shadow of U.S. immigration policy — stream these picks and feel uplifted.