Culture

What’s old is new again in ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’

With pestilence and a war having beset the world since the last Downton movie, many will welcome a return to the lush surroundings and personalities of the titular grand manor.

‘Family Camp’ comes over as campy, flavorless gruel

The evangelical comedy offers good news for a wide range of age groups. Unfortunately this leaden production fails to raise a smile even in its apparent Ozzie-and-Harriet alternate universe.

New book offers hope for tired teachers using Jesus’ ministry as guide

"Sweet Jesus, It it June Yet?" by Amy J. Cattapan shows 10 ways the Gospels can help educators combat burnout.

Calm discourse on ‘The Matter of Life’ is welcome voice in abortion debate

A new documentary screening May 16-17 offers a clear-minded and informative treatment of the most significant moral controversy of our time.

Author explores Catholic ‘fundamentalism’ with look at Scott Hahn

A new book on Hahn, a former Presbyterian and for the past 30 years a theologian at Franciscan University in Steubenville, examines his writings and theology.

‘Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga’ a kid-friendly adventure

The timeless toy and classic sci-fi franchise team up once again for a rich array of plots and characters, with mayhem kept to a minimum.

Vengeful and violent, ‘The Northman’ goes south on morals

Despite intense performances and striking landscapes, the Viking epic leaves viewers wincing at gore and wondering whether to root for, or run from, its embittered hero.

‘The Bad Guys’ animates a heist crew ala ‘Ocean’s 11’

This high-octane, older-kid-friendly caper is veteran animator Pierre Perifel's feature debut -- and the neophyte director nails it, and offers a rollicking treat for all but the youngest.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel a dim flash of Harry Potter

Despite lavish visuals, the lackluster production of "The Secrets of Dumbledore" is marred by its enthusiasm for a popular but mistaken understanding of human sexuality.

Two books on Jesus: One to dig into, one to avoid

A review of a book on the archaeological roots of the Gospel stories of Jesus' life shows an intriguing perspective based on facts, whereas another book diverges so widely from the scriptural accounts that the person of Jesus is unrecognizable.