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Goretti Publications is proud to begin offering reviews: analyses of artworks, primarily films at this time, from a Catholic and traditional persepctive. They will be published more or less randomly, as they are ready.

Our ratings are on a six-star system, with six being the best and zero being the worst. Stars awarded are filled (★); stars not awarded are empty (☆). So a four-star rating appears as (★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆).

Art type Novel
Author George R. Stewart
Summary Earth Abides is a post-apocalyptic novel written in 1165 (1949), detailing the development of a small community in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounding graduate student Isherwood Williams (“Ish”). Mostly ignoring the facts of the apocalypse itself (a great plague), the novel centers on the following decades, the birth of the community, its growth, and finally its maturity as Ish lays dying. Its agnosticism is thoroughgoing, so it can only be recommended for its limited virtues, but it is (mostly) clean, lacks profanity, and provides some interesting examples of virtue that can make it worth reading.
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Version Version 1.0,
Art type Film
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Mel Gibson; Joaquin Phoenix; Rory Culkin; Abigail Breslin
Summary Signs is probably the last of M. Night Shyamalan's well-received films, though only his fifth (and third highly-publicized) film overall, and on the surface is a movie following a single family coming to grips with, and eventually resisting, an alien invasion. Much more deeply, however, Signs is a film about faith and unbelief, and an artistically beautiful affirmation of Divine Providence.
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Version Version 1.0,