Culture

‘Oklahoma City’ documentary recalls the evil of domestic terrorism

A disturbing yet fair-minded documentary explores the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. With the alt-right wielding more influence than ever, the show's lessons about extremist ideologies are timely.

A long history of advertising to kids — and of trying to stymie it

There has been considerable debate over the years as to what is the second-oldest profession, and advertising might be it.

Movie review: Get Out

Is the thriller "Get Out" (Universal) as good as all get out? Well, not exactly.

Late exorcist’s words lift the veil on the demonic, Satan

The world-renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth has left his wisdom and experience in dealing with evil forces through this lucid and insightful compendium.

‘Fist Fight’ gives new meaning to tasteless punchlines

Eschewing laughter at human frailties and physical comedy, the film goes for bitter, humorless sneering at various forms of human degradation -- including ridicule directed at a character's fears.

Film offers a creepy ‘Cure for Wellness,’ but it’s pointless

The plot of this logically challenged horror film, bordering on the offensive, recalls a line from the 1977 Eagles' hit: "You can check out anytime you like; but you can never leave."

On film as in reality, epic scale of ‘The Great Wall’ dwarfs the person

Emotion, characterization and plausibility pale to the grand visual spectacle of this film starring Matt Damon. On the upside, its central romance is completely chaste and its dialogue mostly free of cursing.

Collection of essays offers insights into church, societal differences

The essays in this volume represent an excellent cross section of the views of American Catholics today on what divides our church and what might be done to bring us together.

The envelope, please: The 10 best movies and family films of 2016

The quality of the best Hollywood films was higher in 2016 than in some recent years, writes our reviewer. He lists his film favorites that deal with an array of challenging, and enjoyable, subject matter.

John Wick: Chapter 2

The stylized, nearly cartoonish nihilism and resulting high body count in "John Wick: Chapter 2" (Lionsgate) create most of the apparent appeal of this second drama about a professional assassin.