“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist” by Larry Alex Taunton. Nelson Books (Nashville, Tennessee, 2016). 224 pp., $24.99. When Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in 2011, he was famous as a left-wing polemicist who argued passionately for atheism. Author of the […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Nearly all of the characters in “Jason Bourne” (Universal) are under surveillance, being hacked, or in the gun sight of a government assassin. Director Paul Greengrass, who co-scripted with Christopher Rouse, bookends the story with extended car and motorcycle chases, with the result that vehicle casualties considerably outnumber the body count […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — As jointly written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the suburban-set comedy “Bad Moms” (STX) has some valid points to make about the challenges of modern parenting. Yet their script’s preoccupation with jokes about how kids get here in the first place overshadows the positive aspects of the duo’s […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Though geared to teens, the potentially intriguing drama “Nerve” (Lionsgate) includes visual and verbal elements that make it unfit fare even for mature adolescents. As for their elders, they’ll find that the film’s original promise gets lost through a lack of focus well before it reaches its thoroughly implausible conclusion. The […]
Mike Piazza, the superstar catcher inducted July 24 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, gave credit to his Catholic faith for his success during his induction speech.
Polish nuns from St. Faustina’s order took to the beach, flash-mob style, to welcome pilgrims to Poland for World Youth Day! With a giant poster of the image of Jesus’ Divine Mercy, the sisters pulled off a coordinated dance a week before the official World Youth Day festivities begin in Krakow, Poland. According to Euronews, the […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Weakly constructed and inappropriate, in some respects, for its target audience, “Ice Age: Collision Course” (Fox) has little to recommend it. This fifth installment of the animated franchise for children that dates back to 2002 also is tainted by a vaguely anti-religious undertone that seems to exalt science at the expense […]
Fifty years after its debut on television, “Star Trek” bursts onto the big screen again in its 13th feature-film outing.
“The Physically Fit Messiah: Wellness Wisdom Past and Present” by Cal Samra. Robert D. Reed Publishers (Bandon, Oregon, 2016). 216 pp., $14.95. Good health care is not defined solely by the medical assistance we receive during times of illness or after an accident, Cal Samra insists in “The Physically Fit Messiah.” Life patterns that foster […]
Viewers may find themselves giggling at “Lights Out” (Warner Bros). But it won’t be because this feeble horror film has scared them silly.
The 3-D documentary “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome” had only a single American showing July 14 in a few hundred theaters.
NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — They represent a captive audience — the hundreds of people inside a movie theater waiting for the big screen to light up with the film they paid good money to see. Now the Archdiocese of New Orleans, perhaps in a bow to “Star Trek” and Pope Francis’ evangelizing message of encounter, […]
Pokemon Go, the location-based augmented reality game based on the popular animated cartoon, has swept across the United States and has made it here to Italy.