Faith & Values Awards

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Catholic actor Eduardo Verastegui, star of the film "For Greater Glory," arrives for the film's premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this 2012 file photo. The film is set during the 1920s Cristero War in Mexico, an uprising and counterrevolution against the Mexican government set off by the persecution of Catholics. (CNS photo/Fred Prouser, Reuters)

Catholic actor Eduardo Verastegui, star of the film “For Greater Glory,” arrives for the film’s premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this 2012 file photo. The film is set during the 1920s Cristero War in Mexico, an uprising and counterrevolution against the Mexican government set off by the persecution of Catholics. (CNS photo/Fred Prouser, Reuters)

The Faith & Values Awards gala is in Los Angeles today. I’m sure some great family-friendly movies and TV shows are among the nominees (a full list seems a bit elusive). Movieguide hosts the annual event which also rewards the best films for mature audiences and awards the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes and the $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

I thought this might serve as a good time to remind you of some web resources for finding family-friendly films:

  • Decent Films — Film critic Steven D. Greydanus brings you regular reviews of theatrical and DVD releases.
  • Aquinas and More Catholic Goods — Offers nearly 300 titles, including cartoons, to help Catholics  grow individually or together in their faith.
  • Pius Media — The friend who told me about this site described it as “Netflix for Catholics.” The site offers a clear explanation of how it works. Titles are easy to sort by categories such as apologetics, children, documentary, family movie night, Lent/Easter, music concerts and more. There’s even a “Saint’s Feast Days” section so you can be sure to brush up on your saintly knowledge at an appropriate time of year.
Ambria Hammel is the staff writer for The Catholic Sun. She began reporting for the award-winning newspaper in 2006.

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