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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.”

Movie Review: 'Star Wars' sequel awakens the Force in classic battle between good and evil
Dec 16 2015
Director J.J. Abrams has made a sequel that respects its past and pays homage to it, while creating its own future.

Movie Review: "In the Heart of the Sea"
Dec 15 2015
With "In the Heart of the Sea" (Warner Bros.), the real-life events that helped inspire Herman Melville's classic 1851 novel "Moby-Dick" become the basis for a polished and exciting adventure directed by Ron Howard.

Movie Review: 'The Letters'
Dec 03 2015
Given its inspiring subject matter, and the absence of any really problematic content, this appreciative but poorly handled profile makes suitable fare for all but the youngest viewers.

Movie Review: 'Creed'
Nov 27 2015
"One step, one punch, one round at a time" is the mantra of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa in "Creed." This seventh "Rocky" film is an imaginative and somewhat gentle reboot of the blockbuster franchise.

Movie Review: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2"
Nov 24 2015
With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2", one of the most successful cinema franchises of recent times reaches a surprisingly glum finale.