Movie & Book Reviews


Movie Review: ‘Risen'
Feb 23 2016
Fine acting, lavish settings and the sense of humor frequently evident in Reynolds’ script all add up to an unusually effective big-screen treatment of the origins of Christianity.

Movie Review: ‘Deadpool’
Feb 18 2016
There’s punk in the fancy, cultural, Johnny Rotten sense of the term, and then there’s the plain old meaning of the word before it went all meta on us.

Movie Review: 'How to Be Single'
Feb 17 2016
There’s a disconcerting moral snag in “How to Be Single,” an otherwise appealing, if slightly raunchy, romantic comedy.

Movie Review: 'Hail, Caesar!'
Feb 11 2016
The film contains a complex treatment of religious themes, including some irreverent humor, comic references to homosexuality, as well as a couple of uses of profanity and of crass language.

'Simple, not silly': Children's questions become book by Pope Francis
Feb 07 2016
"What did God do before the world was made?" one child asked. "Do bad people have a guardian angel, too?" asked another.

Movie Review: "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"
Jan 18 2016
A gripping, fact-based account of what happened on the ground when the U.S. consulate in the titular city was overrun, and four American lives were lost.

Movie Review: 'The Masked Saint'
Jan 14 2016
What’s a small-town pastor to do when his crumbling church in a crime-ridden neighborhood is desperately strapped for cash? Why, become a professional wrestler by day and moonlight as a vigilante, of course!

Fordham professor’s slim volume offers insights on Flannery O’Connor
Jan 07 2016
In eight brief chapters, “Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith” presents both the story of O’Connor’s life and the story of how she became, O’Donnell writes, “perhaps the most celebrated American Catholic writer of the 20th century – and justly so.”

Probing questions will help readers to ‘rediscover Jesus’
Jan 07 2016
Heart is the key in “Rediscover Jesus.” He doesn’t preach; he doesn’t bludgeon. Rather, with a pastoral tone, Kelly speaks to readers’ hearts, guiding them in that journey, that rediscovery.

Movie Review: 'The Revenant'
Dec 31 2015
If your idea of entertainment is watching Leonardo DiCaprio gorge on the raw liver of a freshly killed buffalo, then “The Revenant” is for you.

History of religious-themed books a tough read but worth the effort
Dec 31 2015
What the writers Smith studies showed is that the American audience is very interested in growing in faith, even if they are only tenuously connected to a particular church and religion.

Movie Review: 'Concussion'
Dec 29 2015
Neither the National Football League nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation comes off particularly well in the fact-based drama “Concussion.”