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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Martin Freeman and Ken Stott star in a scene from the movie "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies."  (CNS photo/Mark Pokorny, Warner Bros. Pictures) Posted on December 17th, 2014

With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Warner Bros.), director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” reaches a rousing finale.

Author offers readable biography of anti-Nazi Lutheran theologian

Posted on December 12th, 2014

In “Strange Glory,” Charles Marsh has written a definitive biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the most inspiring Christian minds of the 20th century.

‘Top Five’ bottoms out with its look of love

Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson star in a scene from the movie "Top Five."  (CNS photo/Paramount) Posted on December 11th, 2014

The Chris Rock film is well intentioned but comes wrapped in layers of smutty humor that suffocate its fundamentally honorable message about the redeeming power of love.

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ epic in scope, but a bit boring

Christian Bale, Kevork Mailkyan, center, and Maria Valverde star in a scene from the movie "Exodus: Gods and Men." (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on December 11th, 2014

Characters pale before the big-budget 3D effects of the latest biblical blockbuster. Viewers will wander in the desert with Moses for two and a half hours, though it might seem like 40 years.

New books illuminate St. Katharine’s interior life

St Katharine book crop Posted on December 9th, 2014

This Christmas season offers two new biographies of St. Katharine Drexel, each of which contributes in different ways to a fuller understanding of Philadelphia’s only home-grown saint.

Sacred and human: New Washington art exhibit shows both sides of Mary

A woman looks at a painting during a Dec. 3 press preview tour of the "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother Idea" exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. The exhibit runs Dec. 5 through April12, 2015. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) Posted on December 5th, 2014

If the saints, because of their sheer holiness, can sometimes seem hard to relate to, the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, can seem even more distant. But a new exhibition of Western European artwork portraying Mary during the 14th through the 17th centuries shows her in another light and reminds viewers that she was indeed human.

University programs go along with art exhibition of Mary in Washington

Posted on December 5th, 2014

A current exhibition depicting images of Mary by Renaissance and Baroque artists does not stop at the walls of the Washington’s National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Film offers ‘renewed understanding’ of Mary’s importance to church

Bahia Haifi Gold stars as Mary in a scene from the movie "Full of Grace." (CNS photo/courtesy Full of Grace) Posted on December 5th, 2014

A film director raised in Longmont is taking on Mary’s story with a new film in production in Hollywood. “She was the first one to say ‘Yes’ to Christ, to take on this whole idea of being the Mother of all of us.”

‘The Theory of Everything’: A story of ‘When Faith Met Science’

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star in a scene from the movie "The Theory of Everything." (CNS photo/Focus Features) Posted on December 5th, 2014

There was a big bang, then over time they drifted apart. That’s the cosmological premise of the new bio film of professor Stephen Hawking’s early romance and marriage to a deeply religious woman that sizzled then fizzled.

Movie review: Horrible Bosses 2

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis star in a scene from the movie "Horrible Bosses 2." Posted on December 1st, 2014

In the 2011 original to which “Horrible Bosses 2″ (Warner Bros.) serves as a follow-up, a trio of bunglers set out to murder the workplace superiors who were making their lives miserable.

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