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‘Firewatch’ a beautiful, contemplative video game

This is an image from the video game "Firewatch." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Entertainment Software Rating Board rating is M --— mature. (CNS photo/Campo Santo) Posted on May 2nd, 2016

In a refreshing departure, the game goes for genuine emotion rather than mindless, violent action. It evokes real mystery instead of confining itself to the simple formula of a shoot-’em-up.


Author’s scholarly take on Peter brings Holy Land to life for readers

Posted on April 29th, 2016

BOOK-PETER“Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven and Faithful” is part travel guide, part Scripture study, and a lively look at the steps of the fisherman 2,000 years ago and even today.


Secrets abound in ‘Mother’s Day’ but pretentions are clear

Ayden Bivek, Kate Hudson and Aasif Mandvi star in a scene from the movie "Mother's Day." (CNS photo/Open Road) Posted on April 28th, 2016

There’s no question of an agenda; cohabitation and same-sex unions, treated as marriages, are simply meant for audiences to take for granted. Well-grounded grownups will assess and resist this skewed thinking.


Chinese film on Tibetan Buddhists wins Signis Award at Filmfest DC

This is a scene from "Paths of the Soul," a Chinese film production about Tibetan Buddhists on pilgrimage, that won the Signis Jury Award at the 30th annual Filmfest DC in Washington, which concluded April 24.  Signis is the official world Catholic association for communication. (CNS photo/courtesy of Icarus Films) Posted on April 26th, 2016

“Paths of the Soul” offers “a look at a religious tradition different from that of most Westerners, and in so doing expands our understanding of human yearning for the divine.


Intense book challenges status quo on churches’ approach to racism

Posted on April 25th, 2016

BOOK RACISMWhite Christians, and particularly white, male Christians, who like to be challenged about how they live the Gospel will find that challenge in “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism.”


Fantasy film mash-up is part Hobbit, part ‘Frozen’

Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain star in a scene from the movie "The Huntsman: Winter's War." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on April 21st, 2016

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is both a prequel and a sequel that fails with a resounding thud. A lavishly staged follow-up to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” it is well intentioned but dull.


‘The Story of God’ ponders life, death and the divine

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is seen walking with Morgan Freeman, host of "The Story of God," now showing on the National Geographic Channel on cable TV. (CNS photo/Matthew Paul, National Geographic Channels) Posted on April 21st, 2016

Different cultures and religions are examined for their answers to such perennial questions as: “Who is God?” “Where did we come from?” “Why does evil happen?” and “What happens when we die?”


Movie review: Criminal

Kevin Costner, center, stars in a scene from the movie "Criminal." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on April 18th, 2016

The spirit of “Young Frankenstein” looms over the contrived plot of the mind-swap yarn “Criminal” (Summit). Since the newer film is meant to be a serious action adventure, that’s not such a good thing.


“Patience”: The dangers of changing the past

Posted on April 18th, 2016

This is an image from the graphic novel "Patience," which features a time traveler whose goal is to prevent the murder of his pregnant wife. (CNS photo/Fantagraphics) If you could go back and change the past, would you do it? The latest to delve into this intriguing theme is cartoonist Daniel Clowes. His new graphic novel, “Patience” (Fantagraphics), features a time traveler whose goal is to prevent the murder of his pregnant wife.


‘The Jungle Book’ never looked so good

Neel Sethi stars in a scene from the movie "The Jungle Book." (CNS photo/Disney) Posted on April 15th, 2016

Breathtaking jungle landscapes and meticulously detailed creatures great and small are joined by favorite songs “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” from the 1967 animated film version of the classic tale.


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