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Authors offer cultural background on church conflict with Galileo

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Cover of 'Galileo's Telescope: A European Story'As reflected in the subtitle, “A European Story,” the authors of “Galileo’s Telescope” present Galileo’s astronomical discoveries of 1609-11 — resulting from his modification of the Dutch “spyglass” — as a European phenomenon that was as much philosophical and cultural as scientific.


Say ‘Aloha’ to romantic comedy with dash of strategic defense

Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams star in a scene from the movie "Aloha."  (CNS photo/Columbia Pictures) Posted on May 29th, 2015

The film’s premise: one part screwball comedy, one part tale of redemption through love, and one part satirical cautionary tale of the military-industrial complex.


Hard to find fault in ‘San Andreas’ effects

Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino star in a scene from the movie "San Andreas." (CNS photo/Warner Brothers) Posted on May 28th, 2015

The eye-popping, ear-splitting 3-D spectacle of a California earthquake comes to the screen just for a fun, if preposterous, summer film.


Disney does it again: ‘Tomorrowland’ a hit for families

Britt Robertson stars in a scene from the movie "Tomorrowland." (CNS photo/Disney) Posted on May 22nd, 2015

As it did with “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Disney’s new theme park attraction is now also a delightful science-fiction film and great fun for the entire family.


There goes the resale value: ‘Poltergeist’ haunts family, wrecks home

Kennedi Clements stars in a scene from the movie "Poltergeist."  (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Hollywood’s preoccupation with remakes continues with “Poltergeist” (Fox), a reimagining of the 1982 horror film that gave new meaning to the term “haunted house.”


Movie review: The Water Diviner

Olga Kurylenko and Russell Crowe star in a scene from the movie "The Water Diviner." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on May 20th, 2015

A father copes with the loss of his three sons during World War I in “The Water Diviner” (Warner Bros.), a fictional drama inspired by true events.


‘Catholicsm’ isn’t so hard after all

Posted on May 20th, 2015

Idiots Guide to Catholicism1Despite the title of the “Idiot’s Guide” series, its new book on the Catholic Church is a thorough and enjoyable introduction for anybody.


‘Pitch Perfect 2:’ Catchy songs but a tin ear for dialogue

Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine star in a scene from the movie "Pitch Perfect 2." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on May 19th, 2015

The sequel story of a college a capella group fails at humor by belittling women. It’s out of tune with what should be a wholesome anthem for self-improvement and achievement.


Books use different approaches to offer valuable lessons to youths

Posted on May 15th, 2015

From Teens to Twenties copyA great deal of study has gone into trying to understand the development that takes place during adolescence, the period that runs roughly through the teen years but may begin earlier and often continues into the early 20s.


Movie review — Mad Max: Fury Road

Riley Keough and Nicholas Hoult star in a scene from the movie "Mad Max: Fury Road." (CNS photo/Jasin Boland, Warner Bros.) Posted on May 15th, 2015

A brutal assault on all the senses is the best way to describe “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros).


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