Movie & Book Reviews


King Arthur: 'Legend of the Sword'
May 18 2017
Like the Dark Ages in which it's set, the movie is dim, toilsome and beset with mayhem.

Movie Review: 'The Dinner'
May 11 2017
A trenchant morality tale about the nature of evil and mankind's savage underpinnings. Not meant for a comfortable viewing.

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 04 2017
Writer-director James Gunn not only maintains the jaunty atmosphere of the 2014 original but adds an interesting allegory about the dangers of selfishness.

Movie Review: The Promise
Apr 26 2017
The relatively little-known genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago is brought into sharp focus by ‘The Promise’ (Open Road).

Movie Review: ‘Gifted’
Apr 20 2017
'Gifted' examines the proper balance between cultivating youthful talent and the need for even extraordinary kids to lead a normal life.

Movie Review: The Case for Christ
Apr 13 2017
As his wife undergoes a gradual conversion to evangelical Christianity an aggressively atheistic Chicago journalist uses his investigative skills to try to disprove the Resurrection, and with it the faith.

Movie Review: 'The Zookeeper’s Wife'
Apr 06 2017
The story the film tells is undeniably inspiring. But the manner in which it’s told is dramatically thin.

Movie Review: 'The Boss Baby'
Mar 31 2017
This animated take on the trauma of acquiring a younger sibling can best be described as amusing but flimsy.

Examination of Mencken’s writings on religion has lessons for today
Mar 21 2017
As Hart notes, Mencken had the “capacity to expose civil religion’s pretense, idealism and hollowness.”

Movie Review: 'Beauty and the Beast'
Mar 18 2017
Disney's live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film "Beauty and the Beast" arrives in theaters amid a swirl of controversy over the updating of one of its characters into an openly gay man.

Movie Review: 'Kong: Skull Island'
Mar 16 2017
Impressive monster movie, set in 1973, in which an ensemble of scientists and soldiers travel to a previously uncharted island where they encounter an updated version of King Kong.

Movie Review: 'Logan'
Mar 08 2017
Set in the near future, director James Mangold’s action adventure poses as a redemption story for its bad-tempered protagonist.