Augustine: The Decline
of the Roman Empire
430 AD, in the besieged city of Hippo, the seventy year-old bishop
Augustine tells Jovinus, a
captain of the Roman guards, the story of how his Christian mother,
Monica, saved him. Born in the North African city of Thagaste, Augustine
studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator.
After converting to Manichaeism, a guiltfree religion, he was called
to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian
bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina ends imperial guards
to clear out a basilica where Augustine’s
own mother is worshipping, he is won over to Christianity...
St. Giuseppe Moscati:
Doctor to the Poor
Moscati, “the holy physician of Naples,” was a medical doctor
and layman in the early 20th century who came from an aristocratic
family and devoted his medical career to serving the poor. He was
also a medical school professor and a pioneer in the field of biochemistry
whose research led to the discovery of insulin as a cure for diabetes.
Moscati regarded his
medical practice as a lay apostolate, a ministry to his suffering
fellowmen. Before examining a patient or engaging in research he
would place himself in the presence of God. He encouraged his patients
to receive the sacraments. Dr.
Moscati treated poor patients free of charge, and would often
send someone home with an envelope containing a prescription and
a 50-lire note...
Passion of the Christ
Passion of the Christ (Latin: Passio
Christi) is a 2004 film directed, co-written and co-produced
by Mel Gibson. It is based on the New Testament accounts of the
arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
events commonly known as The
Passion. The film’s dialogue is in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew,
with English subtitles. It is the highest grossing non-English language
and R-rated film ever to be released...
Teresa of Calcutta is a 2003 biographical television film based
on the life of Mother
Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity religious
order. The film stars Olivia Hussey in the title role and received
a CAMIE award in 2007. The film was originally produced as the Italian
television miniseries Madre
preacher's kid Angie King leaves the church and her home to pursue
a dream of singing stardom. Luckett plays Angie, the daughter of
a stern but loving bishop, whose attraction to the hunky star (Tank)
of a traveling gospel show takes her on the road…and into romance,
heartbreak and the realization that happiness may lie in the home
she left behind...
Not Easily Broken
Easily Broken is an 2009 American drama film directed by Bill
Duke. The film is written by Brian Bird based on T. D. Jakes's novel
of the same name. After years of disagreeing on what true happiness,
success, and love really are, Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Clarice
Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) have finally reached a breaking point
in their marriage. When Clarice is severely injured (and crippled)
in a car accident, the interference of her cackling mother Mary
(Jenifer Lewis), the obvious truth that more than just her injuries
need immediate attention is exposed...
work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old
firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in
the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules. Growing
up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...
just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine
wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband..
The Nun's Story
Nun's Story is the title of a 1956 novel by Kathryn Hulme. Hulme
wrote the book based partly upon the experiences of her friend,
Marie Louise Habets of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary,
a Belgian nurse and an ex-nun (it is often erroneously stated that
the book was based upon Hulme's own experiences). The lead character
of the book, Sister Luke
(real name Gabrielle Van Der Mal) finds her faith tested in Africa
where she finds herself at odds with headstrong Dr. Fortunati, operator
of a remote Congo hospital, with whom she gradually builds respect,
and again during World War II when she is ordered not to take sides.
Ultimately, Sister Luke is forced to decide whether to remain in
the convent or return to the outside world...
License to Wed
Jones (Mandy Moore) has always longed to marry the man of her dreams
in her family church. Though she has found her lifetime companion
in Ben Murphy (John Krasinski), Sadie is distressed to learn that
St. Augustine's has only one wedding slot available over the next
two years, though after re-checking their planning book, they find
that the wedding can be held in three weeks. While Sadie and Ben
do qualify for the slot, the church's eccentric minister, Reverend
Frank (Robin Williams), will not wed the couple until they agree
to attend his prenuptial course (shortened, due to the new date,
from three months to three weeks)...
Why Did I Get
film is about the difficulty of maintaining a solid relationship
in modern times. Eight married college friends plus one other non-friend
(all of whom have achieved middle to upper class economic status)
go to Colorado for their annual week-long reunion, but the mood
shifts when one couple's infidelity comes to light. Secrets are
revealed and each couple begins to question their own marriage.
Over the course of the week, the couples battle with issues of commitment,
betrayal and forgiveness and examine their lives as individuals
and as committed couples. This film explores the resultant emotional
impact that fidelity and love have upon the constitution of marriage...
Suing the Devil
O'Brien (Bart Bronson), a washed-up salesman turned night law student,
decides to sue satan for
8 trillion dollars. On the last day before Luke files a default
judgment, satan (Malcolm
McDowell) appears to defend himself. On satan's
legal team are ten of the country's best trial lawyers. The
entire world watches on Legal TV to see who will win the Trial of
is a 2002 film based on the novel of the same name by Joseph F.
Girzone. The movie was produced by Crusader Entertainment LLC and
directed by Joseph Purdy. The movie is about a mysterious man named
Joshua (Tony Goldwyn) who appears
in a small town named Auburn and begins changing the lives of everyone
he meets, simply by being around them. He takes up residence in
a barn that he rents from Joan Casey to use as his home and woodcarving
shop. To the surprise of a local priest, the roof does not leak
after Joshua moves in, despite the many holes in it. The more time
he spends in town, the more attention he draws to himself simply
by doing what he does. He begins by rebuilding the Baptist Church
which was destroyed during a storm the year before. He gets the
attention of many locals by carrying a huge log of ash through town
and out to his barn, some estimates range that it weighs at least
Hayek makes her directorial debut with this made-for-cable family
film about the power of faith. San Ramos is a Mexican-American border
town with a dwindling population and a dearth of hope--even the
parish priest, Father
Russell (Peter Fonda), is looking for a way out. But when the
church's Jesus statue
seemingly begins to drip blood, the town experiences a physical
and spiritual renaissance...
Changer is an independent Christian film directed by Rich Christiano
and released by Five & Two Pictures in 2002. In the movie, Dr. Norris
Anderson (Gavin MacLeod) uses his late father's time
machine to send his colleague, Bible
professor Russell Carlisle (D. David Morin), from 1890 into the
early 21st century. The film was also one of the very first offered
through Sky Angel's "Video On Demand" service...
y vino (The Miracle of Marcelino)
Miracle of Marcelino (Spanish: ''Marcelino
pan y vino'') is a 1955 Spanish film. It was a success, and
other countries have produced versions of it. The 1955 film was
written by José María Sánchez Silva, who based
it on his novel, and directed by Ladislao Vajda. Its stars were
Rafael Rivelles, Juan Calvo (who also starred together as Don Quixote
and Sancho Panza in the 1947 Spanish film version of Cervantes's
Don Quixote) and the young child star Pablito Calvo (no relation
to Juan) as Marcelino.
The background score and the film's theme song are by Pablo Sorozábal...
More - A man for all Seasons
Man for All Seasons is a play by Robert Bolt. An early form
of the play had been written for BBC Radio in 1954, but after Bolt's
success with The Flowering Cherry, he reworked it for the stage.
It was first performed in London opening at the Globe Theatre (now
Gielgud Theatre) on July 1, 1960. It later found its way to Broadway,
enjoying a critically and commercially successful run of over a
year. It has had several revivals, and was subsequently made into
a feature film and a television movie...
Nazario is a Roman Catholic priest of Spanish heritage living
austerely in a hotel on the poor side of town. He is of a quiet,
temperate nature and carelessly gives away what little he has, to
the point of not caring whenever his room is burgled. He demonstrates
understanding and compassion for those he encounters, such as a
woman living below him, Beatriz, who is plagued by psychotic episodes
and thoughts of suicide, and has a troubled relationship with a
man named Pinto...
of Emily Rose
Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American horror film directed
by Scott Derrickson. The
film is loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel and follows
a self-proclaimed agnostic defense lawyer representing a parish
priest who is accused by the state of negligent homicide after he
performed an exorcism after which the subject died. The
film, which largely takes place in a courtroom, depicts the
events leading up to and including the exorcism—and ultimately her
The Ninth Day
Ninth Day is a German film, made in 2004 and directed by Volker
Schlöndorff. It was released by Kino International. The film
is about a Catholic priest from Luxembourg who is imprisoned in
Dachau concentration camp, but released for nine
days. The story is based on a portion of Pfarrerblock 25487,
the diary of Father Jean Bernard (1907–1994). "Pfarrerblock 25487"
was recently translated into English by Deborah Lucas Schneider.
The English-language translation is entitled "Priestblock 25487:
A Memoir of Dachau" and was released in 2007...
biblical story of Noah and
the Great Flood gets a decidedly
unusual retelling in this film, produced as a two-part TV movie
and first aired on NBC in May 1999. Noah Jon Voight is an ordinary
laborer who one day begins receiving messages from God. It seems
the Lord has a special assignment for him: since God is planning
on destroying the world with a massive flood, he wants Noah
to build a giant ark and fill it with one male and one female of
each animal on earth. So why Noah
of all people?...
Keys of the Kingdom
Keys of the Kingdom is a 1944 American film based on the 1941
novel, The Keys of the
Kingdom, by A. J.
Cronin. The movie was adapted by Nunnally Johnson, directed
by John M. Stahl and produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It stars
Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Rose Stradner, Edmund
Gwenn, Benson Fong, Roddy McDowall, and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. This
is the 136-minute chronicle of a Scottish
priest (Peck), who is assigned a mission in China...
And the Black
In 1943, Nazi Germany completely occupies Rome. The Pope (John Gielgud) is approached by the SS Commandant for Rome – Colonel Herbert Kappler (Christopher Plummer) who paints a white line around the Vatican confirming the jurisdictional area of the Vatican beyond which SS soldiers cannot enter.
Kappler's main rival is Monsignor O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) an Irishman who arranges safe haven for escaped prisoners of war in Rome including safehouses. He is assisted in this enterprise by several other patriots such as Miss Francesca Lombardo, and a number of others...
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)
Sun, Sister Moon (Italian: Fratello
Sole, Sorella Luna) is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli
and starring Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker. The film is a biopic
of Saint Francis
Messiah - Prophecy Fulfilled
Mancuso plays Rabbi Yehudah an excellent teacher who knows the Holy
scriptures... After following and studying Yeshua (Jesus)
the Rabbi knows with out a doubt Yeshua,
is the Son of the living God that has come to fulfill all the prophecies
relating to the Messiahs
coming foretold by the prophets... During the Jewish observance
of Passover, Rabbi Yehudah and his family share a Seder meal in
a traditional Passover sitting... Rabbi
Yehudah in a superb teaching explains in detail how the Seder
itself, as well as the prophecies of the Torah, have been fulfilled
in Yeshua (Jesus). However, during the teaching the Rabbi is challenged
by two younger brothers, for his acceptance of Yeshua as the Messiah...
The Jesus Film
film's origins date back to 1945 when a young businessman named
Bill Bright wanted to privately finance a film about the life of
Jesus Christ that was entertaining,
Biblically accurate, and which could be translated into non-English
languages. Rather than making a film at that time, Bright went on
to found a Christian ministry to reach college students called Campus
Crusade for Christ in 1951...
in 1964 at a Catholic church in the
Bronx, New York, the film opens with the progressive-minded Father
Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) giving a sermon on the nature of
doubt, noting that, like faith, it
can be a unifying force. The next evening, Sister Aloysius (Meryl
Streep), the strict and conservative principal of the attached school,
discusses the sermon with her fellow nuns, the Sisters of Charity
of New York. She asks if anyone has observed unusual behavior that
would inspire Father Flynn to preach about doubt,
and instructs them to keep their eyes open should any such behavior
occur in future...
is a 1989 docu-drama relating in flashback St.
Francis of Assisi's evolution from rich man's son to religious
humanitarian and finally to full-fledged saint. The film was based
on Herman Hesse's Francis of
Assisi, which director Liliana Cavani had previously filmed
in 1966. It stars Mickey Rourke and Helena Bonham Carter. Greek
composer, Vangelis, provided the musical score...
Des hommes et
film opens with a quotation from the Book
of Psalms, Psalm 82:6–7:
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the
most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes."
The monks' peaceful
routine of the prayer, medical assistance, and community interaction
is soon interrupted by the threat of Islamic fundamentalists. When
Christian, their elected
leader, declines the protection of the corrupt civil authority,
the monks divide amongst themselves on the question of whether to
stay or flee Algeria...
Amateur film about consequences of reception of Holy Communion by people who are in a state of mortal sin...
Simon of the Desert
Simón, the son of Simeon Stylites, has lived for 6 years, 6 weeks and 6 days atop an eight-meter pillar in the middle of the desert, praying for spiritual purification. A congregation of priests and peasants salute him and offer him a brand new pillar to stand on and carry on his mission...
The Song of Bernadette
The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film which tells the story of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who from February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was directed by Henry King...
Sisto (CLUELESS, SUICIDE KINGS) stars as the
son of God in this mini-series that vividly explores the life
and mission of Jesus
of Nazareth. Epic in scale and production, and featuring a strong
international cast (Gary Oldman, Jacqueline Bisset, Luca Zingaretti,
Jeroen Krabbe), this drama traces Jesus's
journey from simple carpenter to spiritual leader, philosopher and
martyr - focusing on his compassionate teachings as well as his
relationships with Mary, Joseph, his apostles, persecutors, and
the heavenly father...
Bible Collection: Joseph
made-for-cable film about Joseph,
the youngest and favorite son of Jacob, sold into slavery in Egypt
by his jealous brothers, who becomes, through intelligence and common
sense, one of the Pharaoh's most trusted servants.
A fine dramatization of the Old Testament
tale of Jacob's son who rose to power in Egypt, much to the dismay
(and chagrin) of his ten older brothers...
Bible Collection: Abraham
is a powerful film, based on the most dramatic and moving tale from
the Old Testament in which an ordinary
shepherd is called upon by God to show his abiding faith in extraordinary
(Richard Harris, Unforgiven and Academy Award nominee for The Field)
and his wife. Sarah (Barbara Hershey, Beaches and A Dangerous Woman)
heed a divine command to leave home and embark on a difficult journey.
Join them on this dramatic odyssey through the desert that leads
them to the Promised Land, Canaan, where Abraham
would become father to countless future generations...
Bible Collection: Apocalypse
year is 90 A.D. and the Roman Emperor has unleashed a virulent campaign
against the Christians. Held captive by the Romans, the aged apostle
John struggles to save Christianity from extinction by sending letters
to the Christian communities. Driven by the wish to meet the last
living witness of the Lord's passion, the young Christian Irene
succeeds in gaining access to John's prison. Entrusting the written
record of his visions to her, he begs Irene to spread its message
among the Christians. These visions form the contents of the
Book of Revelaton. To some, they evoke the end of the world;
to others, they allude to the spiritual struggles facing Christians
of all eras...
television miniseries tells the story of the great Biblical
abandoned the infant, hoping to spare him from the Pharaoh's decree
that all first-born sons of the Jews be slain. Ironically, it was
the Pharaoh's daughter who discovered the child and took him to
the palace, where he lived safely until adulthood. Chosen by God
as his messenger, it fell to the sometimes-reluctant Moses
to deliver the Lord's word to his people. Ultimately, Moses
led Israelites on their exodus from slavery, through the parted
waters of the Red Sea to the land of Israel, and received the Ten
Commandments from God. Yet Moses
himself often had to struggle to make his own people believe in
the miraculous power of the Lord...
Part of the TNT Bible
series, this made-for-cable film stars Matthew Modine as Jacob,
who sired the family that would eventually create Israel, and Lara
Flynn Boyle as Rachel, the woman he loves. After Jacob
succeeds in getting the parental blessing that should have gone
to Esau, his elder twin, he earns his brother's eternal hatred.
to his Uncle Laban's in order to avoid Esau's wrath, but finds Laban
equally dangerous... Filmed in Morocco with an international cast,
including top-notch performances by Irene Papas and Giancarlo Giannini...
Bible Collection: Samson and Delilah
is a simple shepherd with the strength of a titan and the destiny
to fight the Philistines and General Tariq. Delilah
is a Philistine beauty, torn between her love for the shepherd and
loyalty to her people. As told in the Old
betrayal by Delilah
left him in slavery. But Samson's
epic revenge vanquished his Philistine foes and made him one of
the greatest heroes of the Bible.
is the powerful tale of a deception that brought down an empire...
and sealed their names in eternity...
Bible Collection: Solomon
of a four volume video Bible series,
is the tale of the king of Israel who rules his land with love,
peace, and respect. When he meets the Queen of Sheba, her beauty
and charm immediately smite him, and he falls hopelessly in love.
Against his wishes and desires, she must return to her homeland,
leaving the King in a state of deep depression, inevitably leading
his kingdom to the verge of collapse...
Bible Collection: Jeremiah
of a four volume video Bible series,
tells the tale of the prophet who abandons his family and the woman
he loves in order to relay God's message of the impending demise
of the Holy City. Although he's met with disbelief and eventually
branded a traitor for delivering such atrocious news, he continues
his task until his prophecy is fulfilled and Jerusalem is destroyed
by the Babylonians...
Bible Collection: David
sixth entry in Turner's Bible Collection,
this video will thrill Christians with its portrayal of DAVID,
the young shepherd who would go on to defend a nation. Mirroring
FORREST GUMP and the films of Hal Ashby, David
is a simple man who rises to greatness as he is chosen to be the
ruler of Israel. In the process, he defends his people by slaying
a giant and becoming a military legend. Nathaniel Parker plays the
title character in this television movie of epic scope...
Bible Collection: Esther
the conquest of Babylon, the King of Persia gives a banquet for
his people, but his wife, Vashti, refuses to attend. Ahasuerus disowns
Vashti and goes in search of her replacement. In his harem, he meets
the young girl Esther
and falls in love with her. Esther
then reveals to Ahasuerus that she is Jewish and asks him to show
her people mercy because of a planned genocide of the Jews by the
King's right-hand man, Haman. In doing so, she saves the lives of
many innocent people...
Into Great Silence
Great Silence (German: Die
Große Stille) is a documentary film directed by Philip
Gröning that was first released in 2005. It is an intimate
portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian
monks of the Grande
Chartreuse, high in the French Alps (Chartreuse
Mountains). The idea for the film was proposed to the monks
in 1984, but the Carthusians said they wanted time to think about
it. The Carthusians
finally contacted Gröning 16 years later to say they were now
willing to permit Gröning to shoot the movie, if he was still
any mortal man ever been able to transcend the bounds of time and
peer into the future? Throughout history, many have claimed such
powers, and some, like Notradamus, the Fatima children, Edgar Cayce,
and Jeane Dixon, are widely accepted as having predicted various
Today the world stage is set for the fulfillment of one awesome
vision many of these seers had in common, an event so cataclysmic
that it will change the world as we know it forever - the final
Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'N' Roll
film "Hell's Bells: The Dangers
of Rock 'N' Roll" examines the relationship of rock music
to sex, violence, suicide, drug use, rebellion, the occult, and
other activities considered immoral by biblical theology. The film
portrays various lyrics and visual imagery in rock
music and rock stars as
evidence that it is satanic or anti-Christian. It also opines on
the theory of backmasking. The music in the documentary is music
produced prior to the 1990s...
but not bad films
film begins in 1797 with William
Wilberforce severely ill and taking a recuperative holliday
in Bath, Somerset, with his cousin, Henry Thornton. It is here that
William is introduced to his future wife, Barbara Spooner. Although
he initially resists any romantic overtures, she convinces him to
relate the story of his career. The story flashes back 15 years
to 1782, and William recounts the events that led him to where he
has been on her own all her life. She feels even more alone this
Christmas as she searches
fruitlessly for a job. The seasonal cheer around her only rubs salt
in her wounds as she scrapes by to support herself and her dog,
Dash. But her neighbor, Nick, knows exactly what to do. He offers
her a job, to be his assistant in the best work-helping others.
There's one catch that Ashley must honor though-she can't tell anyone
that her new boss is a sort of Secret
Santa, helping others anonymously...
Taare Zameen Par
Nandkishore Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) is an eight-year-old boy
who dislikes school and fails every test or exam. He finds all subjects
difficult, and is belittled by his teachers and classmates. But
Ishaan's internal world is rich with wonders that he is unable to
convey to others, magical lands filled with colour and animated
animals. He is an artist whose talent is unrecognised...
Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic comedy-drama film based
on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was
directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Tom Hanks, Robin Wright,
Gary Sinise and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in
the life of Forrest Gump,
a naïve and slow-witted yet athletically prodigious native of Alabama
who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining
events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States;
more specifically, the period between Forrest's
birth in 1945 and 1982...
A Place for Annie
baby Annie is HIV positive
and has been left in the clinic by her drug addicted mother. To
prevent being deported to a home where she will wait to die, nurse
Susan decides to take care of Annie at her own home. Two years later
she plans to adopt the child but suddenly Annie's mother reappears
and demands her back. Under the law, Susan, as just the foster-mother,
has no claim to the child...
Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Ranchhoddas
"Rancho" Shamaldas Chhanchad (Aamir Khan) are three
engineering students who share a room in the residence of Imperial
College of Engineering (ICE). Farhan is studying engineering to
pursue his father's wishes over his own wish — to become a wildlife
photographer. Raju is studying to get his family out of poverty.
On the other hand, Rancho studies for his simple passion in machines.
Rancho believes that one should follow excellence, not success,
as success will take care of itself if excellence is followed...
The Nanny Diaries
Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson) has just graduated from Montclair
State University. Annie has no idea what or who she wants to be.
While sitting in the park, Annie sees a young boy in a uniform almost
getting run over. Annie saves him and then the boy's mother, Mrs.
Alexandra X (Laura Linney), but when she introduces herself as "Annie",
Mrs. X mistakes her words for "Nanny"
and hires her to look after her young son Grayer. Annie lies to
her mother about taking a job at a bank and, in reality, moves in
with the X's to be the nanny
for Grayer, the boy she saved...
1981 San Francisco, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) invests his family's
savings in portable bone-density scanners which he tries to demonstrate
and sell to doctors. The investment proves to be a white elephant,
which financially breaks the family and as a result, his wife Linda
(Thandie Newton) leaves him and moves to New York. Their son Christopher
(Jaden Smith) remains with his father. While downtown trying to
sell one of his scanners, Chris meets Jay Twistle (Brian Howe),
a manager for Dean Witter and impresses him by solving a Rubik's
Cube during a short cab ride...
The Ultimate Gift
his rich grandad, Howard "Red" Stevens (portrayed by James
Garner) died, Jason (Drew Fuller) thought he was going to inherit
a piece of the old man's multi-billion dollar estate, but it came
with a condition. In order to get his share of the willed inheritance,
Jason must complete 12 separate assignments within a year. Each
assignment is centered around a "gift".
Gifts of money, friends
and learning are among the dozen that Jason must perform before
he is eligible for the mysterious "Ultimate
Gift" his grandfather's will has for him...