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When going gets tough, ‘The Martian’ becomes fully human

Matt Damon stars in a scene from the movie "The Martian." (CSN photo/courtesy Twentieth Century Fox) Posted on October 2nd, 2015

The compelling film examines courage and ingenuity, the fear of isolation and the yearning for solidarity, and treats matters of faith in a brief yet profound way.

Hollywood’s popes: A grab bag of pontifical personas

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

With the attention of so much of the press focused on Pope Francis during his historic journey to Cuba and the U.S. this month, it’s interesting to reflect on the image of the papacy generated by those whose job it is — or has been — to entertain rather than inform.

Long, winding road of church in Philadelphia comes to TV

Posted on September 21st, 2015

Urban Trinity“Urban Trinity: the Story of Catholic Philadelphia” airs in three parts this week on 6ABC Channel 6, and in its entirety at the World Meeting of Families Film Festival.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Dylan O'Brien stars in a scene from the movie "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials." (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on September 18th, 2015

The forecast is bleak in “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (Fox). This adaptation of the second novel in James Dashner’s sci-fi trilogy about teens running for their lives in a post-apocalyptic world calls for a permanently dusty atmosphere with an unwelcome windfall of predatory zombies.

Movie review: The Perfect Guy

Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan star in a scene from the movie "The Perfect Guy." 
(CNS photo/Sony) Posted on September 18th, 2015

The stale predictability and slow pacing of “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems) might appeal to people who prefer generic thrillers without twists and turns.

‘Captive': Edgy story turns into blunted drama

David Oyelowo and Kate Mara star in a scene from the movie "Captive." (CNS photo/Paramount Pictures) Posted on September 17th, 2015

The film’s true story of a kidnap victim reading inspirational fare to her captor stoops to blatant product placement, undermining the positive values the director is working to promote.

Fascinating format can promote understanding among religions

Posted on September 11th, 2015

The Jesus DialoguesThis book is a most appropriate way for undergraduates and dialogue groups to become engaged with the fruits of the many dialogues between Catholics and representatives of other religions that have flourished on the local, national and international level.

Who’d have thought M. Night’s ‘The Visit’ would be so funny?

Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge and Kathryn Hahn star in a scene from the movie "The Visit." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on September 11th, 2015

Humor is not characteristic of an M. Night Shyamalan movie, beginning with his supernatural puzzler “The Sixth Sense.” His new film blends horror and comedy with reflections on media consumption and forgiveness.

Hour and a half in heaven, no more than a glimpse

Trevor Allen Martin and Hayden Christensen star in a scene from the movie "90 Minutes in Heaven."  The Catholic News Service classification, A-II -- adults and adolescents. Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Giving Films) Posted on September 11th, 2015

“90 Minutes in Heaven” tells the story of a pastor’s near-death experience that deals more with life back on earth, with its pains and trials, than the afterlife.

Stephen Colbert, in interview, discusses faith, joy and humor

Posted on September 9th, 2015

Stephen Colbert, who took over Sept. 8 as host of CBS' "Late Show" program, said in an interview for Canada's Salt and Light Television that his "Colbert Report" character was intended to be a "well-­intentioned, poorly informed, high­status idiot." Colbert is pictured in a 2013 photo. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters) Stephen Colbert, who took over Sept. 8 as host of CBS’ “Late Show” program, said in an interview for Canada’s Salt + Light Television that his “Colbert Report” character was intended to be a “well­-intentioned, poorly informed, high-­status idiot.”

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