German Advent cookies are a labor of love

Cinnamon stars, a traditional treat, require some patience to make -- but the results are worth the effort. They're a perfect metaphor for this time of waiting for Christ's birth.

With color, Salvadoran photographer transmits message of hope, solidarity

Miguel Servellon remembers that his mother's prayers during difficult times of war in his native El Salvador included the phrase "life always has color," words of comfort she used to transmit to her children the message that there is always beauty in the world even when times are hard.

Laurel and Hardy biopic nails nostalgia in pitch-perfect style

The principals in "Stan & Ollie" epitomize "the show must go on" work ethic, resulting not so much in the belly laughs of their prime, but sublime joy at their invincible courage at the end of their long career.

Conversational dialogues offer insights into Pope Francis’ views

What is the pope's vision for the church in the 21st century? Two books of his collected interviews illuminate his thoughts on globalization, immigration, poverty, dialogue, politics, and even humor.

Collection of essays chronicles search for order through two decades

George Weigel's writings from the past two decades offer depth and clarity to three overarching topics -- foreign policy, the American experiment, and the Catholic Church in an age of challenge from within and without.

Rocky triumphs again in ‘Creed II’

Sylvester Stallone's latest round in the movie ring delivers an emotional punch, as the franchise takes on old rivals and broken family ties in a knockout performance.

Family will enjoy the charms of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated sequel that delivers reassuring lessons about loyalty and forgiveness.

Well-crafted but gritty, ‘Widows’ grieves human morality

The crime drama, starring Viola Davis, shrugs off the value of human life in a Chicago-based heist where the ends justify the violent, graphic means.

Fantastical ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ outpaces its Potterish predecessor

Where "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was lacking in enchantment in 2016, its follow-up film, also penned by J.K. Rowling, is sharper and more engaging -- with one caveat.

All educated Catholics could benefit from new biblical commentary

This excellent volume represents a major accomplishment in Catholic biblical scholarship in the 21st century. It summarizes biblical scholarship for those who “turn to the Scriptures in their ministry.