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Plain talk and wisdom dot a ‘Travel Guide to Life’

Posted on September 19th, 2014

For readers ready for the work of a transformative journey through life, author Anthony DeStefano has produced a reliable road map.


This Is Where I Leave You

Jason Bateman and Annie Altman star in a scene from the movie "This Is Where I Leave You." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on September 19th, 2014

Billed as a dramatic comedy, “This is Where I Leave You” (Warner Bros.) tries, unsuccessfully, to wring laughs and sentiment from one suburban family’s dysfunction.


Movie review: The Maze Runner

Dylan O'Brien stars in a scene from the movie "The Maze Runner." (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on September 19th, 2014

Cross “The Hunger Games” with “Divergent” and you’ll get “The Maze Runner” (Fox), the latest angst-ridden drama about teenagers fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.


Inspired by Old Testament, ‘The Song’ a modern story of love, faith

Alan Powell and Ali Faulkner star in a scene from the movie "The Song." (CNS photo/City on a Hill) Posted on September 19th, 2014

The Song of Solomon, the amorous tale of two lovers contained in the Old Testament, has found reincarnation in a modern story of love and faith underscored by American folk music.


Movie review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson and Brian Bradley star in a scene from the movie "A Walk Among the Tombstones." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on September 19th, 2014

When a film is called “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (Universal), you shouldn’t expect a cheery stroll through the park.


‘Calvary’ tells the truth of anger, hypocrisy — and love

Posted on September 12th, 2014

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.


The young, the restless and their beliefs

2 book covers Posted on September 12th, 2014

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.


Movie review: Tusk

Posted on September 12th, 2014

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.


‘Dolphin’ and families get a wholesome new tale

Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman star in a scene from the movie "Dolphin Tale 2." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on September 11th, 2014

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.


Movie review: The Last of Robin Hood

Posted on September 10th, 2014

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.


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