Culture

Viewers of ‘All Eyez on Me’ might want to avert their ears

Radical politics and the wayward values of hip-hop culture take this profanity-laden, intense and rarely insightful biography of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), off course.

Beauty, poetry of classic hymns comes through in book, audio CD

Anthony Esolen, an accomplished literary scholar who is a faithful Catholic, turns his attention to the poetry of our beloved classic hymns in "Real Music." The book and accompanying audio CD captivate at every turn.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ morphs into boredom, confusion

The latest installment in the popular series delivers the expected action, special effects, and big stars. However, a confused plot and a lack of convincing character motives make for humdrum viewing.

Author says rosary ‘can help us achieve peace in the world’

Why do Catholics pray the rosary? The history of the rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy.

Wonder Woman rebooted in new comic book series

Iconic superhero Wonder Woman is having a good year as she celebrates her 75th birthday. In this richly illustrated DC Comics book, she is a powerful warrior who is both compassionate and naive.

‘Hell on Earth,’ various dates, National Geographic

Subtitled "The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS," the commendable, informative, yet less than fully realized film debuted June 11 and is playing in reruns throughout the month on the National Geographic cable channel.

Old engines rev to new life in ‘Cars 3’

In this latest of the Cars series that began 11 years ago, young viewers learn how their elders still have much to do: "You can't turn back the clock, kid, but you can wind it up again."

Author confronts secular challenges but raises questions for Catholics

For Rod Dreher, engaging in culture wars is moot. Instead, he envisions this as a time for Christians to "save the seeds" of Christianity so that the future of the faith can survive.

Author offers thought-provoking, unconventional insights on sacraments

It is Bob Schuchts conviction -- outlined in "Be Transformed" -- that for Catholics one of the fundamental purposes of each of the seven sacraments is to be a source of healing in a particular way.

‘It Comes at Night’ sends virtue scuttling by dawn

A deadly epidemic isolates a family from the world and ultimately each other in this grim take on human nature.