This is the third volume linking themes of popular films with the Gospel readings in the lectionary used by many Christian parishes; in Cycle C, they are mainly from the Gospel of Luke. The authors, Peter Malone and Rose Pacatte are Catholics, but this handy resource will appeal to Christians of all denominations. Seventy-one films are covered with plot synopsis, background information on the film, key scenes, questions for reflection and conversation, and a prayer.
The Lenten selections are good choices and may resonate with those who want to plan a film program during this season of the church year. On the Waterfront is for Ash Wednesday, and Fearless for Easter. Others during this period include Quiz Show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Bringing Out the Dead, A River Runs Through It, Thelma and Louise, Mad City, The Shipping News, Changing Lanes, and Green Dragon.
This resource and its two companion volumes for Cycles A and B are highly recommended to Christian parishes. Now that so many movies, current and old, are being released on affordable DVDs, every parish should consider having a library of meaningful films.