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In ‘Woman in Gold,’ a journey of art, journey of heart

Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Daniel Bruhl star in a scene from the movie "Woman in Gold." (CNS photo/Weinstein) Posted on April 15th, 2015

The “last prisoners of World War II” — famous paintings stolen from persecuted Jews by the Nazis — await justice and release in the new film starring Helen Mirren.


Tough choice for ‘Longest Ride': Love the rodeo or the cowboy?

Posted on April 10th, 2015

Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood star in a scene from the movie "The Longest Ride." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Fox) See MOVIE REVIEW (EMBARGOED) April 8, 2015.The home-on-the-range soap opera film has some humor, some questionable morality and some lush horse-country scenes.


Book’s promised look at future under Francis fails to materialize

Posted on April 10th, 2015

This is the cover of "The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis" by Garry Wills. The book is reviewed by Kathleen Finley. (CNS) See BOOK-FUTURE April 10, 2015.In a book purporting to take a long-range view on where the church may be headed with Pope Francis, the author almost never mentions him until the epilogue.


Author of Neuhaus book calls priest ‘distinctive, often controversial’

Posted on April 1st, 2015

Cover of 'Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square'Father Richard John Neuhaus was many things, among them “a theologian, an intellectual, an activist, an ecumenist, a writer,” said the author of a new biography of the late priest who hopes his book will be the definitive volume on his life.


Movie review: It Follows

Posted on April 1st, 2015

The out-of-the-1970s premise of “It Follows” (Radius-TWC) has something to do with adolescents being haunted, and sometimes killed, after engaging in sexual activity.


Movie review: Get Hard

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell star in a scene from the movie "Get Hard." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on March 30th, 2015

In lieu of a movie ticket for the shoddy prison-themed comedy “Get Hard” (Warner Bros.), potential viewers should treat themselves to a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.


Filmmaker writes more about own faith journey than about Mother Teresa

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Love The Saint and the SeekerIn “Love: The Saint and the Seeker,” her first book for adults, Christina Stevens chronicles her journey — a response to a dream that took her to Kolkata, India, in 1994 to meet and convince Mother Teresa to be filmed. If journeys were so simple, Stevens’ story would have been reduced to a pamphlet, or a pocket guide at most.


Movie review: Home

Animated characters Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons, and Tip, voiced by Rihanna, appear in the movie "Home." (CNS photo/DreamWorks) Posted on March 27th, 2015

Parents looking for acceptable Easter-break entertainment for the kids will probably be satisfied with the lightweight animated adventure “Home” (Fox).


Too big to fail? Supersized cable bundles lose their hold on viewers

Posted on March 27th, 2015

There’s more evidence that TV watchers are souring on the soaring cost of cable TV.


A.D.: The Bible Continues

Juan Pablo Di Pace portrays Jesus in the 12-week miniseries "A.D.: The Bible Continues," premiering on NBC Easter Sunday, April 5, 9-10 p.m. EDT. (CNS photo/courtesy Arenas Group) Posted on March 24th, 2015

The opportunity to watch a biblical interpretation on the big or small screen can be a mixed blessing.


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