Culture

Much more than pie-making going on in ‘Labor Day’

The plot of the new Kate Winslet/Josh Brolin film might be improbable -- convicted murder turns helpful handyman and father figure -- but you can tell there's more on the man's mind than making a flaky pie crust.

Founder of shelters for unwed teens inspires film

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- Every day, Kathy DiFiore helps young unwed mothers in need and their children with shelter and support. Her conviction that God was asking her to share the stories of the mothers she works with eventually led to the movie "Gimme Shelter," now in theaters.

Two books offer good options for personal spiritual growth in 2014

One book shows how to develop one's spirituality from the wisdom of those who have shaped their own spiritual paths in the midst of a secular, materialistic world. Another book examines numerous religions' answers to life's biggest questions, such as Who am I, and Where am I going?

Movie review: Gimme Shelter

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Perhaps the best moment in the fact-based drama "Gimme Shelter" (Roadside) comes when its beleaguered, deeply sympathetic protagonist, played by Vanessa Hudgens, wonderingly recites a passage from the Book of Psalms that tells of God's promises to those who trust in him.

‘Shadow Recruit’ calls up a next generation Jack Ryan

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Few fictional characters have proven as durable as novelist Tom Clancy's brainy -- and Catholic-educated -- spy, Jack Ryan. Though originally a baby-boomer, in this iteration Ryan (a likable Chris Pine) responds to 9/11 by joining the Marines, then the CIA.

Movie review: The Nut Job

NEW YORK (CNS) — The multilayered plot of “The Nut Job” (Open Road) might confuse smaller children. However, this animated feature’s continuous action and theme of the importance of living in community make it both splendidly entertaining and morally appealing. Not all the humor will please accompanying parents, though. Potty jokes seem to have become […]

Movie review: The Legend of Hercules

NEW YORK (CNS) -- An embarrassingly weak film about the personification of strength, the 3-D action adventure "The Legend of Hercules" (Summit) is nothing short of woeful.

Falling in love with ‘Her,’ when she doesn’t really exist

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Tech fans might casually declare their love for a cutting-edge gadget. But all would have to take a backseat to Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), the main character in the quirky romantic drama "Her" (Warner Bros.).

‘Mary of Nazareth’ gets inspiring, entertaining film close-up

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The story of the Gospels unfolds through the eyes of the mother of God in "Mary of Nazareth" (Ignatius Press Films), a beautiful, often moving depiction of the life of Mary from her childhood through the passion and resurrection of her son. Watch a video clip from the movie.

Gory details of war mark ‘Lone Survivor’

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Honoring the sacrifices made by the men and women of America's military is the major impetus behind the action movie "Lone Survivor" (Universal). In theory, paying tribute to troops is laudable. Yet it matters how one voices that appreciation. The film, which chronicles an ill-fated mission by Navy SEALs inside Afghanistan in 2005, does so bluntly and superficially.