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The Way: Starring Martin Sheen & Emilio

The Way is a movie that invites viewers on a journey of faith. Tragedy can indeed become the detonator of a new sparkling relationship with God. Circumstances are the background of a beautiful encounter with oneself. A pilgrimage can be a powerful moment of spiritual renewal. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is busy doing things in a routinely way without giving space to God because there is just no time. As the Way says, none can make this journey for you. In fact, along the way you may find other pilgrims on the same road as it happens on the road to Saint James of Compostela, in Spain. The important thing is to know the reasons why one starts the journey without forgetting them or getting them confused with someone else’s reasons. So, buen camino, have a nice walk!

 For Greater Glory

forgreatergloryposterA couple of senior citizens, who participated in a mass at a local hospital in Cincinnati, told me that I should ‘definitely’ watch a new movie called: “For greater glory, the true story of Cristiada”. This is a historical movie about faith, freedom of religion and martyrdom in Mexico in the 1920’s. Very few people, even in Mexico, know about the struggle that the Catholic faithful had to endure to preserve their right of public worship under the persecution of President Calles. In general this movie is a balanced epic of the facts that gave rise to the Cristero revolution. It is rated R because of some graphic violence, but it is full of hope and reasons to believe and defend the true faith to the point of giving up one’s life. The story of a young boy, Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río (March 28, 1913 – February 10, 1928), a martyr from Sahuayo, Michoacán in Mexico is an example of this. Red in fact is the true color of faith. This is the official site where you can get more information about this production http://forgreaterglory.com/

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Romero

Romero, a movie that came to the screens in 1989, just under 10 years after Archbishop Oscar was assassinated, gives viewers an insight on how a few ultra- wealthy families and an oppressive government brutalized the El Salvadoran people and how Oscar Romero became the unrelenting advocate for his country’s poor. The film shows the transition of this man from a quiet, almost reclusive priest to an outspoken bishop with a keen sense of human rights who would not be silenced by any threat of death.

Raul Julia gives a command performance as Romero, and the filming of the movie in Mexico lends a sense of authenticity to the movie. And while viewers get help in understanding the atrocities suffered by the victims of a cruel and heartless regime for more than a century, Romero is heavily focused on the transformation of its main character. It culminates with the archbishop’s assassination and funeral, and the massacre of innocent people who came to pay their respects to their slain shepherd. This is a movie that leaves you with much to think about.

 

 

A Better Life – An Eye-opening Social Drama about Immigration and Family

 A Better Life, Carlos (Demián Bichir) is an undocumented Mexican day laborer six years into a South Central Los Angeles life. He knows nothing but long, hard days as a gardener for the elite and a driving desire to better himself so he can remove his teenage son from the lure of gang life.

When Carlos gets the chance to buy a gardening business – truck and clients – from someone he knows, he borrows money and finally sees a better life on the horizon. Things immediately take a turn for the worse when the truck is stolen the first day Carlos takes it out. The only good thing about the theft is that it brings Carlos and his uncommunicative, distant, repeatedly suspended son, Luis (José Julián), together for a common purpose – to get the truck back. They can’t go to the police since Carlos is illegal, so it’s all on them.

This movie gives us a realistic look – no melodrama – at a low-income, struggling family life and the challenges of living without papers. Director Chris Weitz uses the quest for the truck to give viewers a tour of places most people never see: an immigrant doss house, A Mexican rodeo, a kitchen scullery staffed by undocumented workers. As we take this tour, we get a feel for a world where strangers and police are constant threats and where victims of crime must remain silent. The whole story unfolds through characters who are undocumented.

Weitz does a good job of laying the scene before us without using the movie to wax political.The story is strong and moving enough to spark reflection and discussion. While there is a bit of triteness here and there, the movie’s overall depth and the characters’ strong performances far outweigh any weakness.

Common Sense Media offers this message: Parents need to know that this enlightening, sometimes heartbreaking drama about the illegal immigrant experience pulls no punches in its portrayal of a hardscrabble life, addressing the challenges that the undocumented face without lecturing -- or pandering. Expect the occasional barrage of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), some teen drinking, and a frank look at the lure of gang life in the city. Guns are used, and there are some fights.