Section Archive: Review

Film review: The Quiet Girl

The Quiet Girl is the story of Cait, a neglected girl who is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with relatives in rural Ireland for the summer.

Posted on: September 19, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: A new perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic

A new book by Father Gerald Arbuckle SM, ‘The Pandemic and the People of God: Cultural Impacts and Pastoral Responses’, is reviewed for ‘The Good Oil’ by Meg Kahler SGS.

Posted on: April 19, 2022

REVIEW: 'King of Pigs' raises questions and concerns

A disturbing new play ‘King of Pigs’ rapidly intercuts the stories of three different women who become snared in physically violent relationships that ultimately land in the criminal justice system.

Posted on: March 14, 2022

Team of mavericks upends an establishment of privilege and tradition

‘Blind Ambition’ is the story of four Zimbabwean refugees who conquer the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Peter Confeggi reviews this uplifting documentary about hope, courage and determination.

Posted on: February 11, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: You had me at frosted teacakes

A new book by Ann Rennie asks you to pause and ponder. It’s a miscellany of musings, ranging from the serious to the whimsical and the spiritual to the serendipitous.

Posted on: November 17, 2021

Book review: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

‘The Dance of the Dissident Daughter’ shows a way forward for those whose faith is strong but who find the version of Christianity on offer critically lacking, writes Tracey Edstein.

Posted on: September 15, 2021

The Grizzlies is a survivors’ tale of youth and hope

A new Canadian film goes beyond the sports genre in a compelling human drama that takes the viewer into the issues of identity affecting indigenous communities worldwide, writes Dan McAloon. 

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Sing a new song: The Book of Longings

This new novel by Sue Monk Kidd is an inspiring story set in the 1st Century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, reviewed by Tracey Edstein.

Posted on: February 19, 2021

For ‘Saint Judy’ the fight for one is a fight for all

The inspirational true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood and her fight to change American asylum law is brought to the screen in ‘Saint Judy’, as reviewed by Dan McAloon.

Posted on: November 18, 2020

The Time is Now: a Call to Uncommon Courage

In this new book, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister calls on us to identify injustice, to hear the cries of the needy and to be agents of change, writes Elizabeth Hughes.

Posted on: September 16, 2020

Let your soul catch up with the rest of your life

One of the features of How to Live, a new book by Judith Valente, is her ability to articulate truths the reader has sensed but never encapsulated, writes Tracey Edstein.

Posted on: August 19, 2020

An inspirational story about friendship, love and mercy

This new film starring Renee Zellweger shows how an act of love to make a difference in the life of one individual can touch many lives, writes Asther Bascuna Creo.

Posted on: July 16, 2020