• Money Monster

    Forty years ago, Peter Finch gave an Oscar-winning performance in the black comedy “Network.” He played Howard Beale, a crazed television news anchor who exhorts his audience to shout out, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Newcomers to the Marvel Comics universe may find themselves bewildered by the turbulent adventure “Captain America: Civil War” (Disney).

  • TCM Film Festival – Part II: Appreciating classic movies in the ‘age of Netflix’

    For more than 28,000 old-movie enthusiasts, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival began in earnest on April 29. With between four to six presentations taking place at any one time, the discerning attendee learned to schedule his or her time judiciously.

  • Keanu

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the acclaimed Comedy Central television series “Key & Peele” star in the satirical action-comedy “Keanu” (Warner Bros.).

  • Ratchet & Clank

    Busy 3-D visuals fail to mask the flat tone and by-the-numbers storytelling of the animated sci-fi adventure “Ratchet & Clank” (Gramercy). In fact, even undemanding youngsters may feel the space-time continuum yawning before them as the seemingly interminable 94 minutes of this video-game adaptation tick away.

  • Jungle fever

    Disney’s new version of “The Jungle Book” is a very entertaining film. The computer generated imagery (CGI) is about as good as it has ever been and the viewer’s imagination can be truly lulled into believing that the child actor who plays Mowgli is actually walking side by side with a whole menagerie of giant talking jungle animals. 

  • A Catholic presence at 7th Annual TCM Film Festival

    For a seventh year, old movie buffs trekked to Hollywood for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival April 28 to May 1. The screens of Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theaters, along with the Cinerama Dome, were lit up with 50 wonderful examples of musicals, dramas and screwball comedies.

  • Mother's Day

    Nearly everyone in the sprawling ensemble comedy “Mother’s Day” (Open Road) harbors a secret.

    They are, quite often, terribly complicated mysteries involving racist beliefs, homophobia and even children abandoned at birth. Each story line could, in theory, be a compelling and instructive drama on its own terms.

  • Eye in the Sky

    British Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) oversees the joint British-American operation intended to capture her fellow national, Susan Danford (Lex King). Danford has been radicalized by Al-Shabaab militants and has joined them in a quiet corner of Nairobi, Kenya, where everyday life goes on around them.

     

  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War

    The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (Universal) is both a prequel and a sequel. As such, it falls between two stools — with a resounding thud.

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Voices

I Think, Therefore I Am Whatever I Think I Am: From Rene Descartes’ Dictum to Obama’s Bathroom Policy

Christopher West

Anybody remember the old Kinks song “Lola”? I was in my early teens the first time I heard it and this line leaped out at me: “Girls will be boys and boys will be girls / It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world…” Well, the mixed up and muddled up is now the law of the land.

 

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May 24, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 24

    ACCW Meeting, San Pedro Pastoral Region, Southwestern District, St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3946 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance. Registration 9:30 a.m. – Speaker. Mass at 11:30 am - Rev. Alfred Hernandez, Pastor. Luncheon $10/ person, check payable to St, Catherine Laboure Church, Info: contact Monte (310) 323-8900.

     

    Changing the World, Changing Yourself: Contemplation Today, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 6220 E Willow St., Long Beach, Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, Benedictine monk, Spiritual guide and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, international speaker and author. All are welcome! Suggested donation $20 (checks made payable to WCCM-USA) supports the work of the community. Website: wccm-usa.org. 

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