Culture

Money, drugs, sex and Tom Cruise: It certainly is ‘American Made’

Throw in a helping of hypocrisy and double-crossing, and this wild ride of a movie based on the Contra affair and the drug war might be an insightful film if it weren't so raunchy.

Author’s take on why church matters seems like time travel to 1950s

This book will reassure conservative Catholics, but it is doubtful it will change the minds of Catholics who believe in a church that embraces the signs of the times. There are many Catholics who don't crave certainty and timeless doctrine.

The power of TV, the fear of consolidation: two ends of the same stick

If the purchase by the Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy the 42 TV stations owned by the Tribune Media Co. goes through, Sinclair will own 230 stations whose signals cover more than 70 percent of the U.S. population.

Movie review: A Question of Faith

As with so many of its forerunners in the religious message movie genre, the sober drama "A Question of Faith" (Pure Flix) seems better suited to preach to the choir than to attract the indifferent or the merely curious.

Showcasing autistic physician, ‘The Good Doctor’ leads fall’s TV offerings

The inherently pro-life theme of the show about a highly functioning autistic surgeon will resonate with Catholic viewers and others committed to the dignity of the disabled. We review three upcoming network TV series.

Translator’s expertise brings readers to new appreciation of Bible

Throughout "The Face of Water," Sarah Ruden brings her translator's expertise in the languages and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world to discuss the Bible. She shows how for ancient literature "form and content are inseparable, and equally important."

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ spoils the fun it’s trying to make

This stylish action movie sequel eschews restraint with its cartoonish yet gruesome mayhem and a distasteful bedroom sequence that push the film beyond the boundaries of acceptability.

‘Mother!’ gets its main topic, religion, horribly wrong

This chaotic and puzzling allegory on faith is relentlessly negative and briefly sacrilegious. Viewers enduring the two-hour ordeal will scratch their head and recoil from the grotesque caricatures of the Passion of Jesus and the Eucharist.

You get one guess about the topic of ‘American Assassin’

The most obvious film title of the year goes to this action thriller requiring a strong stomach and extreme patience. By its end the movie finally comes to its senses, and good triumphs over evil.

How to build youths’ character? A senator proposes the unconventional

In his book, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska keeps sex and politics off limits but blames contemporary approaches to education, the workplace, media, travel, child rearing and more for contributing to a culture of "endless adolescence."