Sr. Rose Pacatte

Sr. Rose Pacatte
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
69% Joker (2019) Joker begs for understanding and kindness, of which there is hardly any in the film. Phoenix should finally win an Oscar for his performance. He is heartbreaking. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
70% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) Aaron Lieber cowrote, produced, and directed the documentary very well. He captures the synchronicity of Bethany's powerful yet graceful athleticism with visual rhythm and style. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
82% Just Mercy (2019) As a fan of legal dramas, I found the courtroom scenes in the film to be powerful. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The performances are exceptional and award worthy. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
64% Love Actually (2003) There is enough love to go around, but I am not sure this movie does a good job of spreading it. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) While there is nothing explicitly visual in the film, the pathos with which the men tell their stories is heartbreaking. It is not an easy film to watch. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon is a charming movie, filled with humanity and heart, even if it doesn't always make narrative sense. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
61% The Riot Act (2018) It is a strong first feature from writer/director Devon Parks, even if it is a little slow going and too smart for itself. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This romantic comedy, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle, is funny, sweet, and guaranteed to make you smile. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% Don't Be Nice (2019) For these poets, writing is a form of activism; poetry is their song. I found the film to be inspiring and moving. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
75% Spider in the Web (2019) [Spider in the Web] is not altogether satisfying as a story, but it works well enough as a smoke-and-mirrors spy caper. It shows that the world is a dangerous place with countries acting in their own self-interest. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite... is a clever, dark comedy and social commentary about the invisible working poor who will do anything to survive. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Not all remakes are successful, but this version of The Lion King shines. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Leave comparisons at home and enjoy 2019's "The Lion King" for what it is: a work of art. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
78% Skin (2019) "Skin" is a small, powerful, raw well-acted film that gives a close-up look at people who believe they have been left behind by society, that they have some kind of righteous claim to superiority, and a look as well as their leaders who exploit them. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Thompson is brilliant as the host whose tenuous link to any meaning in life is her relationship with her husband. When a revelation threatens their bond-along with the thought of losing her show-Katherine changes and grows as a person. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It is vintage Tarantino, an ode to television's past with an impressive cast. Only this time, tragically, the plot is based on true events. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Adam Driver delivers deadpan dialogue perfectly, but Swinton steals the show. It's as if Jarmusch called all of his friends together to be a part of an ensemble cast and then made the film just for fun. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Be Natural is an essential film to appreciate cinema and the role that women played in its development-as well as the possibilities for female directors today and tomorrow. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
50% A Dog's Journey (2019) It is the sequel to the 2017 film A Dog's Purpose, but the new film stands on its own. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) Take your time and relish the artistry, the tension, the anxiety of choosing to follow one's conscience or choosing to go to a war one does not believe in and from which one may never return. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" is a beautifully rendered film, and Hoult and Collins are confident and strong in their roles; their performances complement one another extremely well. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) An interesting -- and exhausting -- film. I didn't not like it. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
28% UglyDolls (2019) While this is obviously a movie directed at children, adults can appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the power of positive self-esteem and looking for the good in everyone. Clarkson is a perfect voice for Moxy. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) AOC is the film's darling, but the three other strong women profiled are deeply inspiring and committed in their own right. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) This sweet coming-of-age story is by writer-director Ritesh Batra, who made 2013's The Lunchbox. I love both of these films because they offer insights into humanity, family, culture, and the values that guide us through life. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Mara as Mary conveyed stillness and a contemplative, firm spirit open to God's will and willing to follow Jesus where the apostles dared not go. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
55% The Best of Enemies (2019) "The Best of Enemies" not only has two of my favorite actors in the lead roles, but their performances are spot-on without being caricatures. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
61% Breakthrough (2019) I found this film a deeply moving and powerful story of faith. Even though I had read the book and met the real people and the cast, I wept more than once during the film. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
75% Sobibor (2018) The film is even more interesting coming from a Russian perspective. The violence, suffering, death and loss are heartbreaking. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
56% I, Robot (2004) The plot seemed forced to me, though average summer fare. What bothered me the most however, was the ending. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
33% In the Cut (2003) It's about a lighthouse without any light except the revleation of a truth - and at that point, who cares? - Patheos EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
40% Unplanned (2019) "Unplanned" is an important film, a designation that directors hate to hear. It is not entertaining (until the cheesy lawyer shows up) but tells an emotional story with wide-ranging implications. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite was not my favorite film of the year, though the costumes are magnificent. Rather than a humorous film, I thought it a sad, tragic story of royalty and aristocrats fighting over status and playing at governing. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Roma, from writer/director Alfonso Cuarón, is a warm and loving memoir to Mexico City, where he grew up and was cared for by women who loved him and his siblings. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best rock dramas I have ever seen. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Return of the King is really the heart of this cinematic masterpiece. - Sister Rose at the Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) One of the most beautifully filmed movies I've seen in a decade. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) "Alita: Battle Angel" does not come near to delivering a plot and characters that rival these earlier films. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
66% Vice (2018) This brilliant film explores what writer and director Adam McKay was able to uncover about Cheney's life through drama and considerable satire. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Though Bird Box is not a religious film per se, Malorie leads by faith and not by sight. This film prompts a deep conversation exploring the meaning of interior, spiritual, and physical freedom. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
60% A Dog's Way Home (2019) This is a disarmingly relevant film below the surface. But to appreciate it, one must suspend disbelief. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web lacks heart and compassion, choosing action over development of the flawed characters fans have come to love. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Director Peter Farrelly's empathy for the story and ability to draw such striking and nuanced performances from the actors will inspire audiences. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Though I liked the idea of a young girl with an interest in engineering, the integrated cast, and the ballet showcase, surely Disney can produce classic stories with more depth and feeling in ways that reflect their considerable resources - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton" is excellent in his first film role. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
84% Creed II (2018) The boxing sequences are brutal, no matter how much people want to turn boxing into a metaphor for inner growth and building character. The message is that family matters above all. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) The film may be preaching to the people who already believe that abortion is the taking of the most innocent of human lives, but perhaps it will inform and change some hearts. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) Wahlberg and Byrne have great chemistry and excellent comedic timing. Moner is thoroughly believable as the smart, vulnerable, and conflicted older sister who accuses Ellie of being a fake mom and Pete of being a white savior. - St. Anthony Messenger EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) "Boy Erased" may not be a perfect film, but it is probably one of the most important films you will see this year. - National Catholic Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018