Movie & Book Reviews


‘October Baby’ tells story of abortion survivor
Mar 12 2012
Brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin tell the tale of a teenage girl who finds out she survived a botched abortion in their film "October Baby."

Movie Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Mar 02 2012
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” offers a positive message about caring for God’s creation while also respecting the needs of others.

Movie Review: Wanderlust
Feb 24 2012
Picture has some amusing moments but 'demeans human sexuality far more than it celebrates loving fidelity.'

Movie Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Feb 24 2012
Film focuses on a single relationship, and carries a steady reminder that the wealthy and powerful have to work much harder than the less privileged to approach the kingdom of Heaven.

Movie Review: Act of Valor
Feb 24 2012
Earnest, graphically violent film features " a narrative maladroitly ramming home macho values."

Movie Review: The Vow
Feb 11 2012
Channin Tatum isn't gone, but he is forgotten in this romantic comedy.

Book Review: 'A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism'
Feb 07 2012
Phyllis Goldstein’s “A Convenient Hatred” is a major work of history that illuminates perhaps the most persistent and tragic source of hatred and violence in the history of Western civilization.

Movie Review: Big Miracle
Feb 03 2012
NEW YORK –“Free Willy,” the 1993 whale rescue film, looks like child’s play when compared to “Big Miracle” (Universal), in which not one but three giant mammals are trapped in Arctic ice.

Movie Review: One for the Money
Jan 30 2012
NEW YORK – The title of the forgettable fish-out-of-water comedy “One for the Money” (Lionsgate) recalls Carl Perkins’ seminal hit, “Blue Suede Shoes,” a song covered most famously, of course, by Elvis Presley. While this lukewarm cinematic offering won’t knock you down or step in your face, its surfeit of profane dialogue does slander God’s name all over the place.

Movie Review: "Man on a Ledge"
Jan 27 2012
NEW YORK (CNS) -- When an ex-cop is falsely convicted of stealing a multimillion-dollar diamond and sentenced to 25 years in jail, there's just one course for him to follow: Break out of prison, check in to Manhattan's landmark Roosevelt Hotel, order lobster -- then clamber out onto a cornice hundreds of feet above street level.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Jan 24 2012
CLASSIFICATION "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Warner Bros.) -- Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Millennial Series Part 3: Are young people too connected?
May 26 2011
During the 1980s and early 1990s, there wasn’t a more reliable pair of babysitters than the Super Mario Bros.