National Catholic Reporter

National Catholic Reporter is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Antonio Sison, Sr. Rose Pacatte
Rating Title/Year Author
The Lion King (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte Leave comparisons at home and enjoy 2019's "The Lion King" for what it is: a work of art. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Skin (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "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. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Antonio Sison "The Farewell" opens for us a window into the intriguing cultural particularities on the other shore, but in its heart are the universal themes of love, regret, and forgiveness that families everywhere share. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Ulam: Main Dish (2017) Antonio Sison Partaking from the table of plenty with their bare hands, the multiracial guests who have gathered are relishing the exquisite food experience of "Babette's Feast," Filipino kamayan (by hand) style. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte 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. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Tolkien" is a beautifully rendered film, and Hoult and Collins are confident and strong in their roles; their performances complement one another extremely well. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Antonio Sison A film of such symbolic and visceral power as "2001" invites various interpretations, like a prism you can turn at different angles, each revealing a new facet. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Romero (1989) Antonio Sison As the story arc unfolds, Romero, in a state of inertia, is drawn into a gradual conversion experience, not just in a general sense, but in the specific trajectory of a "conversion to justice." EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
After the Storm (2016) Antonio Sison This is the latest work of acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose filmic signature is the subtle and small-scale character study in the tradition of the late Japanese film auteur Yasujiro Ozu. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
The Eagle Huntress (2016) Antonio Sison Watching "The Eagle Huntress" is virtually entering into another world. The audience is ushered into a liminal space, a threshold where past and present are interwoven. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Departures (2008) Antonio Sison In "Departures, life and death are two expressive movements of one musical" piece. Neither is taken as a polar opposite of the other; they dance rhythmically, like the ebb and flow of the ocean tide. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Ignacio de Loyola (2016) Antonio Sison To be sure, the film's heart is in the right place. It feels authentic. But it feels less so when it gets lost in its own pious intentions and opts for a more literal representation of Ignacio's mysticism. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Whale Rider (2002) Antonio Sison Filmmaker-writer Caro orchestrates scenes with a lyrical touch, infusing the film with doses of humor, and an effortless, mythic quality consistent with its source material, the eponymous cultural novel by Maori author Witi Ihimaera. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
The Mermaid (2016) Antonio Sison "The Mermaid" is aptly titled, not just because of its central protagonist, but because it is a magical, genre-bending pastiche of over-the-top comedy and compelling sociopolitical drama; it's a "mermovie" in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Babette's Feast (1987) Antonio Sison Nourishing both the senses and the religious imagination with its profound representation of food and eating, the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film remains the gold standard for food films. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Terraferma (2011) Antonio Sison It is not without irony that a film titled "Terraferma," the Italian term for "dry land," would open with an underwater shot. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Force majeure (2014) Antonio Sison Force majeure is a legal term denoting an unforeseen, disruptive event that obstructs the fulfillment of a contract. In the film, it is a synonym for avalanche; the contract in question, marriage and family. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
A Simple Life (2011) Antonio Sison The understated sentiment is made more eloquent by the calibrated performances of the actors, most especially Deanie Ip, who so thoroughly disappears into the role of Ah Tao that her moments infuse the film with a documentary feel. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Tangerines (2013) Antonio Sison You'd find that in investing 87 minutes of your time for "Tangerines," you had viewed not just a poignant anti-war film, but a beautifully realized cinematic parable. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Antonio Sison When she lands in Singapore, Rachel is like an innocent butterfly emerging from her American middle-class cocoon - into the awaiting mouths of snobbish, bejeweled bullfrogs. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Okja (2017) Antonio Sison Truth be told, we do not normally think of the crispy and delicious strips of bacon on our breakfast plates as the flesh of animals sacrificed at the altar of commercial greed. After "Okja," you might. I certainly have. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Brimstone & Glory (2017) Antonio Sison The imaginative use of stylistic options interweaves a mytho-poetic layer into a straightforward, albeit astonishing, slice of Mexican religious folk culture. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
The Portrait (2017) Antonio Sison If the walls could speak, they would also reveal the family's secrets and lies, which are compounded by the pervading honor-and-shame culture of the time. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Roma (2018) Antonio Sison Much of the narrative plays like a cinematic diary of Cleo's day-to-day life; the camera, a compassionate observer thoughtfully taking note of the moments of transcendence within the ordinariness of a life of devoted service. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
The Lunchbox (2013) Antonio Sison Subtle is also the best way to describe Batra's treatment of the characters' emotions in the film, and this is ferried onscreen by the astonishing performances of the lead actors. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte "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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Unplanned (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte "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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte One of the most beautifully filmed movies I've seen in a decade. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Alita: Battle Angel" does not come near to delivering a plot and characters that rival these earlier films. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Boy Erased (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Boy Erased" may not be a perfect film, but it is probably one of the most important films you will see this year. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
The Sentence (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Cindy's journey, her determination to do well despite everything, is a human triumph. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Sternberg is a talent to watch; the camera loves her. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Smallfoot (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte I have to admit, animated films are not my favorite genre, but every once in a while one surprises me. The children at the advance screening loved the film but, in many ways, "Smallfoot" is a contemporary and relevant parable for teens and grownups. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Operation Finale (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Chris Weitz shows his versatile talent as a director who elicits performances that humanize all the characters, even the ones who seem to deserve it the least. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The first thing you will notice as you watch this film, and be distracted by, is how much Washington sounds like his father, Denzel Washington. Once you get over this, the story draws you in. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Kusama: Infinity (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Kusama: Infinity" makes me believe that as Dostoevsky once wrote, "Beauty will save the world." EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Lizzie (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte This is a taut, quiet and rigidly paced psychological drama - from motive to arrest, indictment and acquittal - more than potboiler crime thrillers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
The Wife (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte Close's performance is Oscar-worthy. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte It is intimate, a little salty, and most entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Science Fair (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte If you want to "geek out" by rejoicing with young people who are willing to try, treat yourself to this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Christopher Robin" is delightful. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The second upholds the franchise's tradition of a wild, confusing celebration of brute force and violence within the context of the war on drugs, with a touch of terrorism. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The camera loves Offerman's expressive eyes and Sam's beautiful, determined face. This is a coming-of-age film for dads as much as it is for daughters. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte "Leave No Trace" is almost perfect. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Pope Francis -- A Man of His Word (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte The greatest gift he gives in this film is hope for the future. I envision this film being used for meditation, retreats and in catechesis. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
What Lies Upstream (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte It seems to me that this timely new film establishes that the current attention given to Pruitt's living situation in Washington, D.C., and pay raises for officials in the EPA, are miniscule compared to the environmental disaster ahead. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
Chappaquiddick (2017) Sr. Rose Pacatte I question why director John Curran decided to tell this story and make this film now. I guess the term "alternative facts" - made popular by the current administration - explains it all. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018
The Miracle Season (2018) Sr. Rose Pacatte Sean McNamara directs The Miracle Season with so much empathy that it compels me to give the film a B.K. rating (bring Kleenex). EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018
The Heart of Nuba (2016) Sr. Rose Pacatte The Heart of Nuba is remarkable, to me, for Carlson's ability to show how a Catholic layman lives his faith in a world of conflict with almost no humanitarian aid and is able to support his team's efforts to help the sick, wounded and dying. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018