Culture

‘Wasp Network’ lacks sting

A new Netfilx series recreates the underground world of Miami-based activists working for and against Castro's Cuba in the 1990s, but the exciting tale is lost to weak filmmaking.

Book takes scholarly yet accessible look at clerical sex abuse crisis

"Clerical Sexual Misconduct" offers an engrossing read for anyone who cares about cleansing the scourge of abuse from the church and in preventing its resurgence.

Jon Stewart film ‘Irresistible’ skewers politics, media

The TV comedian-turned-writer-director offers clever political satire and a warning about the grip of wealth in the left and right of politics, and appeals for greater civility.

Hijack thriller ‘7500’ stays on autopilot

A terrorist takeover of a commercial flight doesn't add up to white-knuckle suspense, but shows how one man's decisions can affect others' lives.

Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is harsh, but heartfelt

The return of five African American veterans to Vietnam makes for a grim, unsparing reflection on race relations, politics, faith and greed.

Book is among scant print resources for Catholic sex abuse victims

The spirituality of "Veronica's Veil" is patient, compassionate and solidly Christ-centered, and describes how such spirituality may be translated into lived experience.

‘Artemis Fowl’ fails to take flight

Director Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel may be family-friendly, but falls flat with a weak story line and silly characters.

‘King of Staten Island’ reigns in crude (but touching) story

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson stars in a slacker comedy about growth amid the grit of casual sex, drugs and fatherhood wounds.

‘Shirley’ writes a suspense drama with literary heft

For good or bad, the new film starring Elisabeth Moss has the weight of a 20th century tale of madness but the feel of an English lit term paper due Friday.

Revived Brit-com ‘Mr. Topaze’ quietly shines

Peter Sellers stars in a restored version of the 1961 film that marked his only directing credit. Understated humor makes for a sophisticated parable about moral downfall.