The Counterfeiters

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Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Sony Pictures Classics, 2007)

Holocaust films often present concentration camp inmates as if they were only victims, not complex characters with their own unique stories and choices. But Stefan Ruzowitzky's riveting tale about two very different prisoners struggling to find their own answer to an impossible moral dilemma presents us with protagonists who cannot be reduced to caricatures.


Stop-Loss

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Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Paramount, 2008)

Five years and more than 4,000 U.S. deaths after the president declared "mission accomplished," the American public is discouraged, distracted, and dispirited by the war in Iraq, eager to move on but unable to imagine an exit strategy.


Miles from the Sideline

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By Maura Weis (Sorin Books/Ave Maria Press, 2008)

Miles from the Sideline is an appropriate title for Maura Weis’ account of life with her daughter, Hannah, who has severe global developmental delays caused by a rare seizure disorder. The wife of Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, Weis’ struggles as a mother and as a Christian are no less Herculean than those of the most committed athlete, but they occur in a more private realm.


Between the lines

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Alice McDermott is a writer who likes to get to the heart of things.

With her captivating prose and her ability to walk the fine line between nostalgia and the eternal call to "make it new," McDermott explores the impulses that lead us back again and again to family, to faith, to ourselves. Ultimately her stories offer an opportunity for hope.


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