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Jane Austen would spin in her grave over ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

Lily James and Bella Heathcote star in a scene from the movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." (CNS photo/Screen Gems) Posted on February 5th, 2016

As its title suggests, this comedy-drama is mash-up of “Downton Abbey” meets “The Walking Dead.” The result is not pretty, especially when it crosses the line on parodying the Eucharist.


‘The Choice': A comfort-food movie that’s bland

Teresa Palmer and Ben Walker star in a scene from the movie "The Choice." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on February 5th, 2016

An ethical dilemma doesn’t go very deep and presents no danger of flouting Catholic medical norms. Nor does it elicit sympathy from viewers. The proceedings quickly return to sweeping scenes of the seaside.


Book advocates using science to deepen faith, relationship to God

Posted on February 5th, 2016

BOOK SCIENCETrue, faith and science abide comfortably in many people; but so far no one has succeeded in convincing all of the diverse mentalities in either camp to accept a basic compatibility.


‘Risen': The Resurrection from a skeptic’s point of view

Joseph Fiennes stars in a scene from the movie "Risen." Fiennes said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ's death and resurrection from a unique perspective. (CNS photo/Columbia) Posted on February 4th, 2016

Joseph Fiennes, the actor starring in “Risen,” said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ’s death and resurrection from a unique perspective.


‘Madoff’ tells how a nice guy made off with ill-gotten millions

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

The miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss tells the tale of Bernie Madoff’s two lives: He’s both a loving family man and a conniving criminal. The miniseries airs Feb. 3-4, 8-10 p.m., on ABC TV.


‘Young Messiah’ filmmakers had blessing from author who inspired it

Adam Greaves-Neal stars in a scene from the movie "The Young Messiah." The director and one of the producers of the upcoming movie said they had the blessing of author Anne Rice, whose novel, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," inspired the screenplay. (CNS photo/Focus) Posted on February 3rd, 2016

The director and one of the producers of the upcoming movie “The Young Messiah” said they had the blessing of author Anne Rice, whose novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” inspired the screenplay.


‘Kung Fu Panda 3′: Funny bears with not entirely appropriate ideas

Po, voiced by Jack Black, and  Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, appear in the animated movie "Kung Fu Panda 3." (CNS photo/DreamWorks) Posted on February 1st, 2016

Though it boosts family values, the animated adventure also uses relies on ideas that might confuse youngsters. The dialogue offers an inward looking scheme of betterment based exclusively on being true to oneself.


‘The Finest Hours’ is a fine film rendering of the greatest rescue

Casey Affleck and Michael Raymond-James star in a scene from the movie "The Finest Hours." (CNS photo/Disney) Posted on January 29th, 2016

The true tale of the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue is old-fashioned moviemaking on a grand scale, conveying quiet moments amidst storm scenes that are so intense you might reach for a sick bag.


Book tells story of married former Episcopal priests now Catholic priests

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Keeping the Vow_The Untold Story of Married Catholic PriestsIn “Keeping the Vow,” author Father D. Paul Sullins, a sociologist and a former Episcopal priest, presents his research on a tiny but fascinating subcategory of American Catholic priests — married Catholic priests who were formerly Episcopal priests.


Does sex sell? Possibly not, and neither will violence

Posted on January 28th, 2016

“We found almost no evidence that violent and sexual programs and ads increased advertising effectiveness,” Bushman told the American Psychological Association, which announced the findings.


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