Culture

Superman continues to evolve as he turns 80

The "Man of Steel" marks eight decades of saving humanity with a landmark Action Comics edition and a deluxe commemorative book.

Fun and fresh book appeals to hipster Catholics with spiritual swagger

A new collection examines the quirky coolness of Catholic piety, from obscure saints to prayer apps.

St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass in best-selling album by Dominicans

"The Hillbilly Thomists," a group of brothers and priests based in Washington, spread the joy of the Gospel with mandolins, fiddles and guitars.

Prophetic Bishop Barron lights a fire under evangelizing Catholics

A new Q & A book poses various questions on a wide range of topics including Bishop Robert Barron's early influences and his thoughts on beauty, truth, goodness and, of course, evangelization.

Few tails wag on the ‘Isle of Dogs’

The stop-animation feature is a grim allegory of tyranny and existentialism that is far from a walk in the park.

‘Summer in the Forest’ shows love in action for disabled people

A new documentary examines the work of Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities for the disabled and their caretakers.

‘Chappaquiddick’ plumbs depths of decades-old tragedy

The incident that so drastically altered the fortunes of the late senator Ted Kennedy gets a somber but intriguing treatment in a new fact-based drama.

‘A Quiet Place’ tells of silent resistance to scary tyranny

The compact, stylish horror film plots an unusual showdown of aliens with super-hearing against a girl with no hearing. It presumes its audience's intelligence while avoiding distasteful cliches.

Trio of books look at Protestant Reformation through different lenses

The way Catholics react to the Reformation says as much about how we see the church today as it does about the fissures begun 500 years ago. The wounds to Christian unity remain a vivid scar on the body of Christ.

‘The Miracle Season’ is a true-life, tear-jerking inspiration

The tragic story of a young volleyball player's death, and how her father and her team cope with the loss, sets the stage for a flawed but nonetheless uplifting film suitable for the whole family.