Culture

‘Lightyear’ blasts off with controversy on joyless journey

With a melancholy hero and depictions of same-sex marriage, the latest trip for space ranger Buzz Lightyear is one families won't want to take.

Contemplating Mary in faces of people of color

In his new book "Madonnas of Color," Oblate Brother Mickey McGrath takes a "long, loving look at the real," and offers everyone a way to gaze upon painful realities through beautiful faces.

Roaring and reunion in ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

The wrap to the second trilogy of the $5 billion film franchise brings back the trio of scientists at the heart of the 1993 original, along with the usual toothy dinosaur suspects.

‘Dark Winds’ a breath of fresh air in portrayal of Native Americans

The AMC thriller, based on the novels of Tony Hillerman, features nuanced characters and a pro-life subplot.

New book of ancient text on dying fails to fill today’s needs

This study of the 15th century "Ars moriendi" provides good information but reflects medieval piety, not contemporary spirituality or meaningful pastoral support.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is high-flying fun on big screen

The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster about U.S. Navy pilots offers dazzling aerial acrobatics, a stirring musical score, first-rate acting and the occasional heart-tugging interlude.

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.