Culture

‘Incredibles 2’: Maybe too much action, profanity for young viewers

Despite all the bluster in this sequel to the much-loved 2004 animated film, it pitches the worthy lessons of its predecessor about love, family, courage and helping others in need.

Ladies of ‘Ocean’s 8’ add glamor, humor to their larceny

In a reboot of the suave "Ocean's" trilogy, a cast of clever women plot a big heist. The Met's recent "Vatican fashion" exhibit becomes the climactic setting for the elaborate crime caper.

Comic book take on the national pastime a well-pitched delight

Baseball and comic books, two colorful American originals, come together in "The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America's National Pastime."

Book peers into Confederate leader’s religious life

"The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee" draws upon the Civil War general's correspondence to establish his faith journey. Those looking for a condemnation or a canonization of Lee will not find it in this book.

Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children’s summer reading

See reviews of eight books -- including a collection of short stories, poetry, illustrated tales and on Marian consecration -- to keep school-age youngsters and teenagers busy reading on summer vacation.

Will documentary on Fred Rogers make you cry? It ought to

The new film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" on the gentle children's television host who taught kindness and empathy to millions of children will likely elicit strong emotions from viewers.

Fred Rogers’ ministry was on TV to kids, says documentarian

Fred Rogers was ordained for the Presbyterian Church, but instead of a clerical collar, he ministered wearing a red cardigan sweater.

Catholic disability group sees danger, opportunity in Netflix series

Season two of "13 Reasons Why" might lead some young people to behave in dangerous and self-destructive ways, according to a May 31 open letter by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.

Priests urge mutual respect in church dialogue with LGBT community

Two recent books by U.S. Catholic priests encourage a welcoming, respectful relationship -- a two-way street -- between the church and gay and lesbian Catholics or the entire LGBT community.

Survival against the odds becomes job 1 in ‘Adrift’

Fighting the elements while struggling to stay on course and sane is the time-honored formula of lost-at-sea adventures. While there's little new of that here, it's enjoyable to watch the main character find her inner strength to save the day.