Culture

Collection of essays chronicles search for order through two decades

George Weigel's writings from the past two decades offer depth and clarity to three overarching topics -- foreign policy, the American experiment, and the Catholic Church in an age of challenge from within and without.

Rocky triumphs again in ‘Creed II’

Sylvester Stallone's latest round in the movie ring delivers an emotional punch, as the franchise takes on old rivals and broken family ties in a knockout performance.

Family will enjoy the charms of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated sequel that delivers reassuring lessons about loyalty and forgiveness.

Well-crafted but gritty, ‘Widows’ grieves human morality

The crime drama, starring Viola Davis, shrugs off the value of human life in a Chicago-based heist where the ends justify the violent, graphic means.

Fantastical ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ outpaces its Potterish predecessor

Where "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was lacking in enchantment in 2016, its follow-up film, also penned by J.K. Rowling, is sharper and more engaging -- with one caveat.

All educated Catholics could benefit from new biblical commentary

This excellent volume represents a major accomplishment in Catholic biblical scholarship in the 21st century. It summarizes biblical scholarship for those who “turn to the Scriptures in their ministry.

Book offers perspective on former nuncio’s claims, author says

"Il Giorno del Giudizio" ("Judgment Day") was released Nov. 6 and reconstructs the events leading to Archbishop McCarrick's rise in the hierarchy while countering claims made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former nuncio to the United States.

Retelling of ‘The Grinch’ gets reason for Christmas season right

While the new animated film stretches the plot of Dr. Seuss' beloved tale, the story of forgiveness and kindness remains intact. And two carols sing a counter-culture message to "Remember Christ our Savior."

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ spins tense, yet emotionless yarn

Two hours of the title character's emotional stasis feels as long as a Scandinavian winter. There's not much to reward viewers for all the seamy aspects of this sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

‘Nobody’s Fool’ mocks divine gift of human sexuality

Tyler Perry's latest comedy pairs two unlikely sisters -- one straitlaced, one promiscuous -- in a raunchy adventure that degrades dating and marital relationships.