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April 1, 2014
Streaming TV: Fraught with peril or promise?

Do you want your children to be in charge of your TV? Your answer may depend on how much TV is available to you.

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February 20, 2014
"Secrets of the Vatican," Feb. 25, PBS

The historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the headline-grabbing start of his successor's ministry are certainly events worthy of close and careful analysis.

Unfortunately, "Secrets of the Vatican," a PBS documentary purporting to provide just such an examination, turns out to be, in large part, both sloppy and one-sided.

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December 9, 2013
"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians," Dec. 24 and 31, PBS
"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians," Dec. 24 and 31, PBS

The two-part PBS documentary "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians," looks back 2,000 years to the historical world of Jesus as well as that of his persecuted followers over the next three centuries.

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November 18, 2013
'Christmas in Conway,' Dec. 1, ABC
'Christmas in Conway,' Dec. 1, ABC

Tragic events can take on added poignancy when they unfold against the backdrop of a holiday. And so it proves for the characters in "Christmas in Conway."

This touching drama, a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, airs on ABC Sunday, Dec. 1, 9-11 p.m. EST.

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November 18, 2013
A look at classic cinema's depiction of personal holiness
A look at classic cinema's depiction of personal holiness

As the church's observance of the Year of Faith draws to a close, here are capsule reviews of 10 movies that have risen to the challenge of depicting personal holiness in a way that's both credible and engaging.

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October 23, 2013
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Not on prime-time TV
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Not on prime-time TV

Variations on familiar themes characterize a number of the new offerings on network television this fall.

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October 15, 2013
It's the best of shows, it's the worst of shows: the new TV season
It's the best of shows, it's the worst of shows: the new TV season

There's both good news and bad for viewers with the advent of the fall television season.

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September 20, 2013
Theater company brings Latino experiences to the stage
Theater company brings Latino experiences to the stage

The first original play from the Rochester Latino Theatre Company delves deep into the socioeconomic challenges that many families face.

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By Annette Jiménez/Catholic Courier
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October 26, 2012
Play's characters spar over God, life, death

ROCHESTER -- Geva Theatre Center presents an imaginary meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis through Nov. 11.

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By Karen M. Franz/Catholic Courier
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August 24, 2012
More news on TV, but viewers find less satisfaction in watching it
By Mark Pattison/ Catholic News Service
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