Movie & Book Reviews


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.

College’s basketball history lovingly penned by Loyola alum
Nov 18 2015
"Running with the Greyhounds," a newly published history of Loyola basketball, was written by Jimmy Smith.

Movie Review: "My All American"
Nov 13 2015
'My All American' is another chapter in the ongoing secular hagiography of Freddie Steinmark- a football star from the 1969 University of Texas Longhorns.

Movie Review: "Spectre"
Nov 10 2015
The 24th James Bond film, "Spectre", hit theaters Nov. 6th.

Movie Review: 'The Peanuts Movie'
Nov 07 2015
"The Peanuts Movie" is a charming animated comedy.

Film about Chilean miners’ rescue is soaked in faith
Nov 04 2015
The story of the 33 miners trapped for 69 days in a Chilean gold-and-copper mine in 2010 is imbued with faith and religious imagery throughout.

Movie Review: 'Goosebumps'
Oct 29 2015
As ideas for Halloween-themed movies go, a big-screen version of the blockbuster children's book series "Goosebumps" is better than many.

Movie Review: 'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension'
Oct 27 2015
A horror franchise once noted for its restrained use of violence and clever methods of building suspense reaches the point of creative exhaustion with its sixth chapter.