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Late Jewish scholar offers new look at often-reviled historical figure

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

Published posthumously, Geza Vermes’ “The True Herod” begins with a foreword by his wife, Margaret. A Jewish scholar, Vermes put out a pioneering study of Jesus the Jew in 1973 and significant work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish history in the time of Christ.


‘When the Game Stands Tall’ gives reason to cheer

Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, center, and Jim Caviezel star in a scene from the movie When the "When the Game Stands Tall." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.(CNS photo/Sony) Posted on August 21st, 2014

Catholic movie goers in particular will appreciate this likeable, fact-based sports drama that promotes humility, teamwork, good sportsmanship and, in passing, premarital chastity.


Movie review: ‘The Giver’

Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush star in a scene from the movie "The Giver." (CNS photo/courtesy The Weinstein Company) Posted on August 18th, 2014

Hollywood continues to makes the future a dangerous and challenging place to be a teenager.


Movie review: The Expendables 3

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in a scene from the movie "The Expendables 3." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on August 18th, 2014

There are many ways to keep yourself entertained while watching “The Expendables 3″ (Lionsgate).


Daylesford Abbey plans Catholic music festival for new evangelization

Posted on August 14th, 2014

The Norbertine Community in Paoli is expecting a crowd of 1,500 people for a Sept. 20 Catholic music festival organized as “a response to the repeated call of the Catholic Church for a new evangelization.”


‘Let’s Be Cops’: One of those bad ideas from the start

Damon Wayans Jr., left, and Jake Johnson star in a scene from the movie "Let's Be Cops." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/courtesy Twentieth Century Fox) Posted on August 14th, 2014

This weak comedy and buddy movie combines a far-fetched premise, an obscenity-laden script and ill-advised forays into gross-out as well as kinky humor while only implicitly honoring police work.


Video game review: Tomodachi Life: Better Than the Real Thing?

This is an image from the video game "Tomodachi Life." (CNS/Nintendo) Posted on August 12th, 2014

“Tomodachi Life,” a new title for the Nintendo hand-held consoles 2DS and 3DS, is exactly what it claims to be: a game about life.


Sword-wielding turtles are still kinda fun

Animated characters Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and actress Megan Fox as April, center, appear in the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (CNS photo/Paramount ) Posted on August 8th, 2014

The wise-cracking, pizza-loving “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” re-emerge from the sewers of New York City to save the world in this vivid 3-D film, with the turtles effectively rendered through live action and motion-capture technology — along with a good script.


Movie review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren star in a scene from the movie "The Hundred-Foot Journey." (CNS photo/Disney) Posted on August 8th, 2014

Like an airy souffle, director Lasse Hallstrom’s food-themed romantic fantasy “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (Disney) has an elegant appearance and a charming taste, but not much substance.


Movie review: Calvary

Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson  star in a scene from the movie "Calvary." (CNS photo/20th Century Fox) Posted on August 5th, 2014

Set in rural Ireland, the bleak but powerful seriocomedy “Calvary” (Fox Searchlight) kicks off with a startling premise.


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