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‘Calvary’ tells the truth of anger, hypocrisy — and love

Posted on September 12th, 2014

Archbishop Chaput has gone to the movies. He offers his take on “Calvary,” about the clergy sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. The intimate, unblinking and unforgettable film has much to teach moviegoers, after they catch their breath during the closing credits.


The young, the restless and their beliefs

2 book covers Posted on September 12th, 2014

Two new books, “Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of and Gone from the Church” and “Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious” are eye-openers about Catholic young people between the ages of 22 and 28.


Movie review: Tusk

Posted on September 12th, 2014

There is no compelling reason even for devoted fans of writer-director Kevin Smith to take in his misguided gross-out horror-comedy “Tusk” (A24). Worse, if you see it, there’s no way to un-see it.


‘Dolphin’ and families get a wholesome new tale

Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman star in a scene from the movie "Dolphin Tale 2." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on September 11th, 2014

Flipper’s cousin is making waves again in “Dolphin Tale 2,” the dramatic follow-up to the 2011 film about the marine mammal with the prosthetic tail. The family-friendly sequel follows the real-life tale of a dolphin’s triumph over disability that made her a symbol of hope.


Movie review: The Last of Robin Hood

Posted on September 10th, 2014

It’s no wonder Errol Flynn called his autobiography “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.” The swashbuckling actor’s bad habits are showcased in “The Last of Robin Hood” (Samuel Goldwyn), a lurid account of the decline and fall of a once-beloved matinee idol.


Movie review: The Identical

Blake Rayne stars in a scene from the movie "The Identical." (CNS photo/Katherine Bomboy Thornton, City of Peace Films) Posted on September 8th, 2014

Although they may be sociologically fascinating, in the cultural scheme of things, Elvis Presley impersonators are not widely deemed to occupy a particularly exalted position.


Sociologist’s look at RCIA can help Catholics appreciate their faith

Posted on September 5th, 2014

In the introduction to “Becoming Catholic,” author David Yamane writes words that may take the reader by surprise: “Since 1988, well over 2 million individuals in the United States have entered the (Catholic) church. …


Movie review: As Above, So Below

Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman star in a scene from the movie "As Above/So Below." (CNS photo/Bruno Calvo, Universal Pictures) Posted on September 2nd, 2014

Claustrophobics beware: Set mostly in the network of catacombs that lie beneath Paris, the second-rate chiller “As Above, So Below” (Universal) is not the film for you.


‘How the World Was:’ A boy’s life in the Great Depression

(CNS photo/First Second Books) Posted on August 29th, 2014

Sometimes the best story is a simple autobiography simply told. Such is the case with “How the World Was: A California Childhood.” The straightforward, emotionally deep graphic novel features art that is elegant and subtle.


In ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ compromised spies hunt very bad guys

Rachel McAdams and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman star in a scene from the movie "A Most Wanted Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/courtesy Roadside Attractions) Posted on August 29th, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, in his last leading role, portrays a terrorist-hunting agent in this international thriller — which may leave Americans with a bitter aftertaste.


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