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Book on women religious deserves wide, respectful readership

Posted on September 26th, 2014

“New Generations of Catholic Sisters” is an important and sober study that examines the future of religious sisters in an honest and courageous way. How communities deal with the millennial generation will be the key.

Hard to root for the good guy when he’s very bad

Denzel Washington stars in a scene from the movie "The Equalizer." (CNS photo/Sony Pictures) Posted on September 26th, 2014

Vigilante figures can be compelling because it’s natural to root against evildoers. But when the vigilante in question — including the likeable Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer” — becomes hyperviolent, cheering for him is perverse.

‘The Boxtrolls’: A cheesy but satisfying family film

Eggs, voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright, appears with other animated characters in the movie "The Boxtrolls." (CNS photo/Focus) Posted on September 26th, 2014

If Charles Dickens collaborated with Dr. Seuss, he might have produced this charmingly bizarre urban fable about rich and poor and things that go bump in the night. The stunning animation and a first-rate voice cast belie a dark and scary tone that may be unsuitable for younger viewers.

‘The Song’ sings a story lovers need to hear

Ali Faulkner and Alan Powell star in a scene from the movie "The Song." (CNS photo/City on a Hill/Samuel Goldwyn) Posted on September 26th, 2014

Taking its inspiration from the Old Testament’s Song of Songs, the film offers a modern-day parable on love, marriage and remaining open and faithful to God’s plan.

Plain talk and wisdom dot a ‘Travel Guide to Life’

Posted on September 19th, 2014

For readers ready for the work of a transformative journey through life, author Anthony DeStefano has produced a reliable road map.

This Is Where I Leave You

Jason Bateman and Annie Altman star in a scene from the movie "This Is Where I Leave You." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on September 19th, 2014

Billed as a dramatic comedy, “This is Where I Leave You” (Warner Bros.) tries, unsuccessfully, to wring laughs and sentiment from one suburban family’s dysfunction.

Movie review: The Maze Runner

Dylan O'Brien stars in a scene from the movie "The Maze Runner." (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on September 19th, 2014

Cross “The Hunger Games” with “Divergent” and you’ll get “The Maze Runner” (Fox), the latest angst-ridden drama about teenagers fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Inspired by Old Testament, ‘The Song’ a modern story of love, faith

Alan Powell and Ali Faulkner star in a scene from the movie "The Song." (CNS photo/City on a Hill) Posted on September 19th, 2014

The Song of Solomon, the amorous tale of two lovers contained in the Old Testament, has found reincarnation in a modern story of love and faith underscored by American folk music.

Movie review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson and Brian Bradley star in a scene from the movie "A Walk Among the Tombstones." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on September 19th, 2014

When a film is called “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (Universal), you shouldn’t expect a cheery stroll through the park.

‘Calvary’ tells the truth of anger, hypocrisy — and love

Posted on September 12th, 2014

Archbishop Chaput has gone to the movies. He offers his take on “Calvary,” about the clergy sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. The intimate, unblinking and unforgettable film has much to teach moviegoers, after they catch their breath during the closing credits.

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