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Boston priests to host new movie review show on CatholicTV


Starting in October, CatholicTV will air a new movie review show starring two Boston priests, Father Bill Kelly, left, and Father Chip Hines. The idea for the show came about when a fellow priest overheard them debating whether a movie star’s recent performance was Oscar-worthy. Pilot photo/courtesy CatholicTV

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WATERTOWN -- CatholicTV was to air Oct. 8 the first episode of a new movie review show starring two self-proclaimed “movie-buffs” -- Father Chip Hines, and Father Bill Kelly.

The idea of the show came about when a fellow priest overheard Father Chip and Father Bill debating about a movie and said, “you two should have your own show.” Not long afterwards, the two priests found themselves in the CatholicTV studios being filmed as they discussed the ‘‘Superman’’ movie series.

The new show is called “Spotlight.” Father Chip Hines works as a pastor, and Father Bill Kelly is the Director of the Office of Clergy Support for the Archdiocese of Boston. Like most priests, the two of them try to be as productive as possible and have even found a way to make their movie-watching a means to get Catholics to think about their faith.

Neither priest has had much experience with television, and “filming has been a lot of fun.” said Father Kelly. “It took a while getting used to looking at the right cameras and timing things right.”

The new show features footage from films such as ‘‘Superman’’ and ‘‘The Lord of the Rings.’’ Father Chip and Father Bill dug into the underlying themes of the films such as the Christ-like self-sacrifice of Superman in the film ‘‘Superman Returns’’ and the humility and temptation of Frodo in ‘‘The Lord of the Rings.’’

Despite the fact that both men are Catholics, they often disagree about films with Father Chip saying “it was a great film” while Father Kelly saying, “it was terrible” and vice versa.

“I think the show’s going to be great. We hope that we will be able to help people come closer to Christ.” said Father Chip.

“Father Kelly and I have very good chemistry, and want to help people grow in their faith by looking at universal themes in films such as good and evil.’’

The new show starts Oct. 8 and will be viewable in full-screen and free of charge at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV where available. Air times are Mondays 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thursdays 8 p.m., Saturdays at noon and 10 p.m.

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