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 fifteen titles on film, film and scripture and media literacy education. She has an Master's of Education in Media Studies from the University of London and is a D.Min candidate. You can learn more about her at

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'The Lion King' returns with stunning visual realism

Review: I beg to differ with my colleagues' lackluster opinion of the film because the "photorealism" illusion of live action is gorgeous. When "The Circle of Life," sung by many members of the Broadway musical cast, booms out at the beginning of the film it goes right to the heart. 

Franco Zeffirelli, enigmatic Catholic director of operas and film, dies

Famous for lavish set designs and known for bringing Shakespeare's work to the screen, Franco Zeffirelli was the Vatican's choice to stage the telecasts for the 1978 papal installation and the 1983 Holy Year opening.

What to look for when Cannes festival films come to the US

Of the 1,845 feature films submitted from 39 countries for the Cannes Film Festival competition to the selection committee, 26% were directed by women. Here are my final reviews of the competition films.

Our 'short list' for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival: zombies, cops and flowers

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival ended on May 25 with the awarding of the jury prizes. Our ecumenical jury watched the awards ceremony on television at the house of the parish priest of Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage with about 30 other people.