By Kurt Jensen NEW YORK (CNS) — The historical drama “A United Kingdom” (Fox Searchlight) tells the story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), an African royal who faced down mid-20th-century racial prejudice to marry Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white office worker he met in post-World War II London. Seretse and Ruth cross paths at […]
“Interior Journey” is a brief book, easily read in a few hours which approaches spirituality under four headings: change; simplicity; solitude and friendship; and gratitude.
In a survey of 853 “tweens,” kids ages 10-12, and teenagers ages 13-18, five out of eight said they had gotten news the day before from family, teachers or friends, and close to half said they had gotten news online. What’s considered “traditional” media — newspapers, TV and radio — were just a few percentage points behind online sources.
With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread — an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience — “Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie.
Frank Runyeon, a Hollywood actor, demonstrated his acting skills with his play “Salt and Light: A Comedy for Kids” for grades K-4 religious education students and performing the Sermon on the Mount for grades 5-9 and the general public at the Church of the Nativity in Sioux City Feb. 22.
By John Mulderig NEW YORK (CNS) — Moviegoers unwise enough to take in a showing of “Logan” (Fox), the 10th installment of the Marvel Comics-based X-Men series, will discover that the very first word of the dialogue is a four-letter one beginning with “F” and the last image of the film is sacrilegious. In between, […]
Today as racism, sexism and electoral politics divide millions of Americans, the distinguished religious scholar Albert J. Raboteau offers moving accounts of seven 20th-century activists whose commitment to social justice is exemplary.
“The Shack” (Summit), director Stuart Hazeldine’s screen version of William Paul Young’s best-selling novel, represents a serious effort to tackle the problem of evil from a Christian perspective. As such, it will be welcomed by believers.
“You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog,” Elvis Presley famously crooned six decades ago. That pretty well describes “Rock Dog” (Summit Premiere), a feeble animated comedy about a canine with unlikely musical aspirations.
By Kurt Jensen NEW YORK (CNS) — As its title implies, “Collide” (Open Road) involves vehicular mayhem. There’s so much high-speed demolition derby, in fact, that it becomes somewhat more entertaining, just on the basis of sheer volume, to focus on that rather than the thin drug-smuggling plot. But director Eran Creevy, who co-wrote the […]
By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Lent is a time for reflection, holy reading and spiritual growth. Here are three books that are great resources for Lent and Holy Week spiritual renewal. “O Cross of Christ” by Pope Francis; Liturgical Press; November 2016; 32 pp; $5.95. On Good Friday evenings, Pope Francis has continued the […]
By Allan F. Wright “An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels” by Father Gabriele Amorth with Stefano Stimamiglio. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, New Hampshire, 2016). 145 pp., $14.95. The world-renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, who died this past September, has left his wisdom and experience in […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Is the thriller “Get Out” (Universal) as good as all get out? Well, not exactly. Clever social commentary from writer-director Jordan Peele does add heft to the proceedings. But late scenes featuring some gory encounters, together with swearing throughout, make his film a rugged ride even for grown-ups. In a setup […]
The film contains strong sexual content, including pornographic images and masturbation, drug use and pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.