• Movie reviews: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Hercules’ and ‘Lucy’

    The latest crop of new films includes an exemplary sequel, a predictable romantic comedy and an interesting (if bloody) exercise in exorcism that — wonder of wonders — treats faith seriously.

  • Film: People with same-sex attraction find peace in Church

    The three subjects of a new documentary, "Desire of the Everlasting Hills", have shared their stories of having same-sex attraction, and how they eventually found peace in the Catholic Church.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Begin,’ ‘Deliver Us,’ ‘Planes’

    The latest crop of new films includes an exemplary sequel, a predictable romantic comedy and an interesting (if bloody) exercise in exorcism that — wonder of wonders — treats faith seriously.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Chef,’ ‘Apes’

    Chef (Open Road): Foodies will have a field day savoring this mouthwatering comedy-drama about one man's obsession with his cooking and his clan. Writer-director Jon Favreau, who also plays the title role, serves up an old-fashioned, heartwarming story, a labor of love that's all the more refreshing since it sees family values and marriage triumph, despite all obstacles.

  • Cana film fest lays red carpet for Catholic social teaching

    A recent film festival held in Singapore gathered filmmakers and faithful to consider and to share Catholic social doctrine through the storytelling of movies.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Fault,’ ‘Tammy, ‘Transformers’

    The Fault in Our Stars (Fox): Only the cynical would refer to this cancer-themed teen drama as a five-hankie romance. But even that wouldn't be a bad thing in itself. Good cries are cathartic. And true love in the face of untimely death never fails to inspire.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Dragon 2,’ ‘Jersey Boys,’ Transformers’

    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox)

    Although it may seem like an eternity to eager young fans, four years is not an overly long time to wait for a sequel given the painstaking nature of the animation process, even when fully computerized.

  • Barbara Nicolosi: The special cross of the artist

    Barbara Nicolosi has worked in Hollywood since 1996 as a writer, producer, and production company executive. She’s also a blogger, speaker, executive director of The Story Institute at Azusa Pacific University, and co-founder of Act One, a training/mentoring program for Catholic writers and producers.

  • 'The Fault in Our Stars' hailed for themes on suffering, love

    Bestselling movie and book “The Fault in Our Stars” provides material to think more deeply about belief and skepticism – as well as the lessons on suffering and vulnerability that the terminally ill can teach us, clergy and cultural observers say.

  • ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’: Faith lessons for families

    The movie, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” an historical drama based on the true story of how faith sustained two immigrant sisters’ lives after their capture by Delaware Indians during the French and Indian War, opens in selected theatres nationwide this week.

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Voices

Searching for the right fuel

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Sometimes everything can seem right on the surface while, deep down, nothing is right at all.

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  • Friday, August 1

    “Blessing Space Between the Lines,” writing retreat led by LaDonna Harrison (to Aug. 3), Spirit Mountain Retreat Center, Idyllwild; $. (951) 659-2523.

    “Heaven & Earth: Byzantium from Greek Collections,” exhibit (to Aug. 25), Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. (310) 440-7300.

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