• For movie cast and producers, ‘Risen’ was a life-altering experience

    Christians know that an encounter with the risen Lord can change your life forever, and apparently that’s also the case when you’re doing a movie about him.

  • A chat with Joseph Fiennes – star of historical thriller 'Risen'

    The lead actor of “Risen,” a film told through the eyes of a Roman soldier who is forced to confront the resurrection of Christ, calls it a story for believers and nonbelievers alike – notwithstanding its strong Christian themes.
     

  • Room

    “The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” These words from poet John Milton’s 17th-century epic “Paradise Lost” capture at least one theme of the poignant, multifaceted drama “Room” (A24).

     

  • The Finest Hours

    The remarkable true story of the most daring small boat rescue mission in Coast Guard history comes to the big screen in “The Finest Hours” (Disney).

  • The art of letting go

    Since I wrote a commentary on the new Fox series “Lucifer” weeks before it debuted, I thought, in the pursuit of fairness, I would watch the very first episode that recently aired and give it a shot. It did not fail to disappoint.

  • Ride Along 2

    During World War II, when scarce supplies of gasoline had to be preserved for military use, a familiar government poster asked civilian motorists: “Is Your Trip Necessary?” 

    That same question might aptly be put to the characters who hit the road in the largely pointless comedy sequel “Ride Along 2” (Universal).

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    Some might fear, simply from reading its title, that “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (Paramount) would turn out to be little more than a rehash of the congressional hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya.

    In reality, the film is 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 — most prominently that of Ambassador Chris Stevens — were lost.

  • The Masked Saint

    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!

  • Norm of the North

    A wisecracking polar bear ventures south to save his home environment from destruction in “Norm of the North” (Lionsgate).

    Though suitable for all ages, this animated comedy is unlikely to make much of an impression — either on targeted kids or on the long-suffering adults who accompany them.

  • ‘The Revenant’ and search for higher justice

    Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about Oscar-nominated movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing.

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Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 12, 2016

  • Friday, February 12

    St. Clare’s Lenten Fish Fry, Dinner will be served 4:30 - 8 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4, 11 and 18, St. Clare Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Dine in or take out. Price is $9 for two-piece dinner, $10 for three-piece dinner. For information, call (661) 252-3353, or visit www.st-clare.org.

     

    St. Luke the Evangelist Lenten Fish Dinner and Stations of the Cross, Dinner 5:30-7 p.m. in the parish hall, Stations at 7 p.m. in the Church. 5605 Cloverly Avenue, Temple City. Donation: Adults: $11; Seniors 65 and Older: $10; Children 7-14 Years Old: $7; Children 6 Years Old and Under: $2. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the parish’s food pantry, organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. (602) 291-5900. stluketemplecity.org  

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