Book on monks offers some excellent insights but skimpy theology

"Illuminating the Way" excels for those looking for the horizontal church and horizontal spiritual practice, which is to say for a strong me-centered path of therapeutic religion.

‘Face of Mercy’ documentary showcases living examples of mercy

Though predictably free of objectionable content, "The Face of Mercy" does touch on such mature themes as war, genocide, narcotics and the nature of evil. Accordingly, it will best be appreciated by teens and their elders.

For book on Pope Francis, author retraces pope’s life in Argentina, Rome

Over two and one-half years, Mark Shriver extensively researched the pope's life, his writings and speeches, interviewed close to a hundred people who knew Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he became pope, and retraced the pope's life, from his childhood in Argentina to his papacy in Rome.

Video games now have a classic genre with retro Nintendo console

The hottest video game console on the market is 30 years old. Nintendo recently released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-version of the Nintendo Entertainment System that enjoyed wide popularity in the 1980s.

Canadian author hides message of hope in bleak landscape

Canadian author David Adams Richards seems unafraid to include issues like the existence of evil, sin and redemption in his extensive body of work.

Yes, there are more Christmas traditions to trash in ‘Bad Santa 2’

As soul-deadening as its squalid urban setting, this sequel attempts to mine laughs out of human degradation. The creators go far beyond the tropes of dark comedy to proffer not peace, but hell, on earth.

Movie review: Rules Don’t Apply

Warren Beatty wrote, directed and stars in "Rules Don't Apply" (Fox), a loosely fact-based tale set within the secretive world of eccentric industrialist Howard Hughes (1905-1976).

Books show importance of moms’ faith, health on faith, health of world

Two new books show that if mothers take care of their health and faith, the world can be a better place.

Teen heroine’s big adventure makes ‘Moana’ a new Disney classic

There's no mistaking the entertainment value of the film which is gloriously rendered in 3-D, with delightful characters and toe-tapping songs. But the non-biblical creation account may confuse young children.

Crisp, elegant and chic, ‘Allied’ holds few surprises

It's all Hollywood glamour until suspicion of espionage enters a World War II marriage, and the story finally gains traction as stiff-upper-lip style military duty competes with lush romantic pathos.