Friday, February 17, 2006

Catholic movie reviews

More than a few people have asked about The Criterion's on-again-off-again relationship with printing the movie reviews from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Quite some time ago, we used to devote a whole page in the print edition to entertainment news -- but because of the small size of our paper and limited space, the page disappeared.

It re-appeared in the form of a small box on the bottom of page six (our events page) that listed the ratings -- and the reasons for them.

As our online edition flourished, we began posting the whole reviews there, and eventually phasing them out in the print edition.

Then again, as the demands for more features online increased -- and as I began to devote more time to planning for an upcoming redesign of the archdiocesan website -- the online version of the movie reviews fell by the wayside.

We have, though, continued to include a link to the USCCB's movie review webpage on the "Links" page of The Criterion Online Edition.

I suggest you put it on your favorites list and check it our regularly for updates. Meanwhile, those reviews may one day come back to either our print or online editions if we can find a way to make it feasible.

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