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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.
Two new books, “Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of and Gone from the Church” and “Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious” are eye-openers about Catholic young people between the ages of 22 and 28.
There is no compelling reason even for devoted fans of writer-director Kevin Smith to take in his misguided gross-out horror-comedy “Tusk” (A24). Worse, if you see it, there’s no way to un-see it.
Flipper’s cousin is making waves again in “Dolphin Tale 2,” the dramatic follow-up to the 2011 film about the marine mammal with the prosthetic tail. The family-friendly sequel follows the real-life tale of a dolphin’s triumph over disability that made her a symbol of hope.
It’s no wonder Errol Flynn called his autobiography “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.” The swashbuckling actor’s bad habits are showcased in “The Last of Robin Hood” (Samuel Goldwyn), a lurid account of the decline and fall of a once-beloved matinee idol.
Although they may be sociologically fascinating, in the cultural scheme of things, Elvis Presley impersonators are not widely deemed to occupy a particularly exalted position.
In the introduction to “Becoming Catholic,” author David Yamane writes words that may take the reader by surprise: “Since 1988, well over 2 million individuals in the United States have entered the (Catholic) church. …
Claustrophobics beware: Set mostly in the network of catacombs that lie beneath Paris, the second-rate chiller “As Above, So Below” (Universal) is not the film for you.
Sometimes the best story is a simple autobiography simply told. Such is the case with “How the World Was: A California Childhood.” The straightforward, emotionally deep graphic novel features art that is elegant and subtle.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, in his last leading role, portrays a terrorist-hunting agent in this international thriller — which may leave Americans with a bitter aftertaste.