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Autumn’s hard frosts and shortening days invite contemplation of our mortality. But for our 17th-century Puritan forebears, the veil between this world and the next fluttered in the slightest breeze. This was, after all, an age when people still believed in magic.
Stirring action scenes, a solid plot, positive values and no morally problematic content — not only are the characters of the sci-fi thriller “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″ heroic, so are its creators.
Speakers at the Nov 17 opening of an historic exhibit at the United Nations of medieval manuscripts and papal documents associated with St. Francis of Assisi affirmed the saint’s association with the world body’s peaceful aims and hoped his namesake pope would pay a visit next September.
The CW’s controversial new comedy-drama “Jane the Virgin” — airing Mondays at 9 p.m. EST — is adapted from the Venezuelan telenovela “Juana La Virgen.” The English-language version toys with the genre’s themes without losing its focus.
Former journalist Greg O’Brien poignantly chronicles the dripping away of his brain’s power and memory, even as he recalls the good things in his life. The book is sad and joyful; depressing and uplifting; tragic and touching.
The vulgarity-soaked world of rap music takes a well-intentioned story of romance and mutual support and dims it with a script that takes going to bed before strolling down the aisle for granted.
There’s something hypnotic about flight in a video game, and this one is a nice throwback to simpler and more innocent gameplay. Admittedly, it has a short shelf life. But priced at less than $10, it’s cheaper than most movies.
An unlikely baby sitter in the person of Bill Murray also serves as an unusual image of sanctity that forces the viewer to ask, just how much bad behavior is excusable in a person who is nurturing, generous and perhaps saintly?