Culture

‘Paddington 2’ finds our loveable bear in jail, but not out of charm

Lessons about family loyalty and seeing the good in everyone are served with heavy doses of cartoonish but very enjoyable comedy. The endearing blend of animation and live action is as soothing as a good cup of tea.

Book views Christian Zionism mostly from Protestant perspective

A fresh examination of God's covenant with the Jewish people and the land of Israel lacks virtually any mention of Catholic tradition on these issues in the 20th century or even the profound impact of the Second Vatican Council.

The ride to work takes a dark turn in ‘The Commuter’

Liam Neeson stars in a clumsy thriller that tries to drive home a moral -- but the film's logical shortcomings make for a bumpy ride.

Immigrant experience is detailed richly on screen

As the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week and the subject of immigration continues to occupy the headlines, here, in alphabetical order, are brief reviews of 40 quality films dealing with the immigrant experience.

Anglophiles’ favorite, ‘Victoria,’ is a tad unengaging in 2nd season

The second most popular PBS series of the past 20 years, after "Downton Abbey," a lack of chemistry between the lead characters afflicts this new season. Viewers may well ask: could 16 million Americans be wrong?

It’s the same old, same old ghost trope in latest ‘Insidious’ film

Overall, the fright factor in "Insidious: The Last Key" is low and originality is long gone. Yet the moral compass in this good-natured series remains as dependable as ever.

‘The Post’ paints portrait of courage in a bygone newspaper era

Two of America's leading actors, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, are directed by top filmmaker Steven Spielberg in a story of risks taken to reveal the truth against a high-stakes political and financial backdrop.

New book can help families in fight against pornography

The strategies the author offers about protecting children from pernicious porn are spot-on; the advice he offers about how parents can create a healthy and wholesome family life may be even more valuable.

Roll up! Roll up for the magical ‘Mystery Journey’!

Parents looking to purchase a game that is safe as well as fun -- for older kids and teens at least -- can rest assured: "Layton's Mystery Journey" (Level-5) fits the bill.

Young Catholic invites readers to explore church’s truth, goodness

Brandon Vogt's eighth book is a highly readable apologetic treatment of Catholicism that should attract many readers.