As the days grow shorter and humanity settles in for a fall and winter amid a pandemic, good films can help the spirit grow. Here are Catholic Sentinel staff picks for this season.

‘Pride and Prejudice’

2005, PG, Netflix


When fall comes around, I find myself clinging to comfort. That includes sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies and binge watching costume dramas. If you haven’t tried a classic book portrayed in film lately, give it a shot.

There may be other great literary dramas out there: “Emma,” “Jane Eyre” and “Sense and Sensibility” just to name a few, but the reigning champion to my mind will always be “Pride and Prejudice.”

There’s a reason the story has been stolen and retold in movie after movie: It’s a great tale.

Walk with Elizabeth Bennet around her busy home in the Victorian English countryside as she and her four sisters vie for the affections of eligible bachelors who cross their paths. For Elizabeth, the road to marital bliss is fraught with unwanted affections, class warfare, lies and betrayal. But it all leads up to the revelation that the man she’s come to love is unexpectedly kind and generous, albeit a bit awkwardly. But can the two overcome their prejudices and their pride and end up together?

The 1995 BBC miniseries of “Pride and Prejudice” is wonderful and much more true to the Jane Austen novel, but I always will adore the gritty and glorious cinematography of the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley.