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‘How the World Was:’ A boy’s life in the Great Depression

(CNS photo/First Second Books) Posted on August 29th, 2014

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.


In ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ compromised spies hunt very bad guys

Rachel McAdams and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman star in a scene from the movie "A Most Wanted Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/courtesy Roadside Attractions) Posted on August 29th, 2014

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.


‘The November Man’ offers little cause for thanksgiving

Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko star in a scene from the movie "The November Man." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/Relativity) Posted on August 29th, 2014

The film starring Pierce Brosnan isn’t shy about showing extreme violence and other graphic behavior. It may be in the cause of seeking justice, but the murky story line makes it hard to tell.


Teen tearjerker ‘If I Stay’ slogs through the syrup

Chloe Grace Moretz stars in a scene from the movie "If I Stay." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material maybe inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on August 25th, 2014

Parents can spare their movie-going teenagers some cringe-worthy scenes by staying home. Morally objectionable moments, including teenage sexual activity, make the film totally unsuitable for its target audience.


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.


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