A fantasy classic

A fantasy classic

Volume 17, Issue 14 His Dark MaterialsPhilip Pullman, Scholastic Press (books), BBC/ABC Audio (audio editions)His Dark Materials is a remarkable fantasy story for older children and adults, told in three novels: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. At the time of writing, the studio behind the Lord of the Rings movies has begun production of a movie based on Northern Lights.

What would you do?

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Starring: Starring Gabreial Byrne, Laura Linney, Max Cullen and Deborra Lee-Furness. Directed by Ray Lawrence. 120 minutes. Rated M.

Ray Lawrence directed one of the best Australian films in recent years, an intelligent drama that engaged adult audiences at several levels, Lantana. He has followed it up with an equally intelligent drama: Jindabyne. It has been skillfully adapted to an Australian setting from the United States by Beatrix Christian. The source is a Raymond Carver story.

Courage and defiance

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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Starring Julia Jentsch, Alexander Held, and Fabian Hinrichs. Directed by Marc Rothemund. Rated M. 116 minutes.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is an impressive film which is hard to dislodge from one’s memory once it has been seen. Set in Munich in 1943 when German forces faced crippling defeat by the Russians at Stalingrad, this modest production eschews large crowd scenes and elaborate costumes and sets to portray with quiet power the arrest, trial, and conviction for high treason of Sophie Scholl (superbly played by Julia Jentsch), a lively and intelligent young biology and philosophy student at Munich University, who was a member of the student resistance cell, White Rose.

Communion with God

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Yielding to Love
Michael Fallon MSC, St Pauls, $24.95, paperback, 206 pages

Michael Fallon is an Australian Missionary of Sacred Heart priest known for a series of best-selling commentaries on the New Testament writings and the book of Psalms. As a result of many years of research and reflection, he has now produced Yielding to Love, a substantial guide to prayer.

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Starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken and David Hasselhoff. Directed by Frank Coraci. Rated M. 108 minutes.

Michael Newman (Sandler) wants his family to have the opportunities and financial security he never had. He works so hard as a senior architect in David Hasselhoff’s Manhattan firm that his family rarely see him, or if they do he is always distracted.