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‘Doctor Sleep’ writes a prescription for bad dreams

The sequel to the 1980s horror classic "The Shining" finds the son of Jack Nicholson's crazed character battling child murderers, frightening memories and alcohol in this gory, profanity-laden film.

‘Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston,’ Nov. 15, Showtime

Most Americans would be hard-pressed to name boxing's current heavyweight champion. Yet, for most of the 20th century, that person was a central figure in our national life.

Women’s history of Christianity does disservice to Catholic beliefs

If you're interested in reading weird and shocking tales, heretical teachings and unusual factoids, then this book will interest you. But it is a deep disappointment for those looking for a celebration of women's contributions to the Christian church.

Epic ‘Midway’ deploys massive cast in true-life tale

The new film admirably recounts the heroic efforts of the U.S. Navy to turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific, while portraying the horrors of war in a restrained way.

‘Arctic Dogs’: Cute pups pull a strong message for kids

"Be yourself" is the theme, if a bit overworn in movies these days, of this animated film featuring voice acting that helps it overcome the story's lack of freshness. Still, little ones will love the family-friendly romp.

Women take lead against machines in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Viewers of the latest in the Terminator sci-fi series will find that themes of teamwork, conversion, forgiveness and self-sacrificing dedication have been worked into the story -- amidst a lot of mayhem.

Moral compass deftly guides neo-film noir ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

The dark, complex tale, supported by a top-notch jazz score and powerful acting, evokes 1950s-era New York City real estate development, with an undercurrent of moral questions handled with respect.

Pope and president acted according to ‘The Divine Plan’

A new documentary screening only on Nov. 6 argues the relationship between St. Pope John Paul II and U.S. President Ronald Reagan was providential, as they practiced their faith according to God's plan.

Bio shows religious influences on life, work of FDR

Although not known for his regular church attendance, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was nonetheless deeply formed by Christian beliefs in his embrace of social progressivism, according to a new book.

‘By the Grace of God’ explores clerical abuse with honesty, intelligence

Based on actual events in France, the film explores the impact of one predator's actions on a number of individual lives, and the varied reactions to trauma that ensue.