Movie & Book Reviews


Movie Review: 'Steve Jobs'
Oct 22 2015
As the lively profile of a wildly successful uber-geek, "Steve Jobs" (Universal) is likely to appeal to many a youthful tech fan.

Movie Review: '99 Homes'
Oct 20 2015
Trenchant, didactic and unflinching, "99 Homes" (Broad Green) also is an example of profoundly moral filmmaking.

Movie Review: 'Pan'
Oct 13 2015
'Pan,' a lavish but hollow special-effects extravaganza, hit theaters across the United States Oct. 9.

Vatican's take on supernatural phenomena subject of new Thavis book
Oct 11 2015
A new book by a veteran Catholic journalist explores papal battles with Satan and other supernatural phenomena.

Movie Review: 'The Walk'
Oct 08 2015
Philippe Petit's book about his highwire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center has been charmingly dramatized as "The Walk."

Movie Review: 'The Martian'
Oct 06 2015
Though the “The Martian” is an unusually long movie, what viewers of faith may cherish most about this adventure is a single line of dialogue in the form of a three-word prayer.

Movie Review: "The Intern"
Sep 30 2015
Writer-director Nancy Meyers' generally affable comedy "The Intern" (Warner Bros.) could have provided families with a pleasant, though not especially memorable, visit to the multiplex.

Movie Review: "90 Minutes in Heaven"
Sep 15 2015
As its title suggests, a trip to the pearly gates and back is the highlight of “90 Minutes in Heaven”.

Movie Review: 'A Walk in the Woods'
Sep 03 2015
Buddies hit the trail - rather than the road - in the scenic fact-based comedy “A Walk in the Woods.”

Movie Review: 'Hitman: Agent 47'
Aug 25 2015
Some things improve with the passage of time. Alas, film adaptations of the video game series “Hitman” do not seem to be a case in point.

Movie Review: 'Straight Outta Compton'
Aug 17 2015
The proper limits of free speech and the appropriate use of violence are topics raised in the striking dramatization “Straight Outta Compton”.

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Out of everybody else’s league
Aug 13 2015
Ever hear of Killjoy, The Ferret, Thunderbunny or Fatman the Human Flying Saucer? They were super heroes who didn't catch on.