• Film review: "Sinister 2"

    The desultory “Sinister 2” (Gramercy) uses a seldom noted, yet deeply irksome piece of contemporary horror film bric-a-brac: the inevitable cameo by a Catholic priest.

  • Film review: "Straight Outta Compton"

    As he recounts the rise and collapse of the gangster rap group N.W.A., beginning in 1986, director F. Gary Gray clearly intends to use the ensemble’s experiences as a vantage point for a larger critique of society as a whole.

  • Ridley Scott and Matt Damon’s ‘The Martian’ seeks divine intervention

    While they were no big deal a decade or more ago, positive references to Christianity in movies have become increasingly rare. Films can include characters expressing strong belief and support for any number of political views and sexual proclivities, but mentioning Christ’s name as anything but an epithet is a vanishing phenomenon.

  • Movie Review: “The Gift”

    “The Gift” (STX) takes its time unwrapping. What begins as a psychological thriller eventually reveals itself as another entry in the revenge-fantasy genre: Someone wronged back in high school wreaks elaborate self-styled “justice” on a smugly successful former classmate.

  • Movie Review: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. "

    Another cultural landmark of the baby-boomer generation returns with the arrival of the breezy espionage yarn “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (Warner Bros.).

  • Movie Review: "The Vatican Tapes"

    In most cases, the familiar big-screen sight of men in clerical collars battling demons — or in this instance, the Antichrist himself — swerves at least into broad caricature. At worst, the outworn trope degenerates into sacrilegious and grotesque parodies of Catholic religious practice.

  • Movie Review: "Fantastic Four"

    The misfortunes of its principal characters become mildly miserable for the audience of the glum sci-fi adventure “Fantastic Four” (Fox).



  • Movie Review: "Pixels"

    All those misspent hours of youth, spending quarters on mindless video games, are finally put to use in “Pixels” (Columbia), a manic comedy about an alien invasion of Earth by 3-D characters from the arcade.

  • Film review: "Vacation"

    The dog days of summer may inspire the urge to get away from it all. Wise moviegoers, however, will not seek their relief in “Vacation” (Warner Bros.), a dog of a comedy that happily rolls around in all manner of muck.

  • And you shall be like gods – the fierce warning of 'Ex Machina'

    Much has already been said about director Alex Garland's slick transhumanist thriller “Ex Machina.” It's been heralded as everything from a stellar work of speculative fiction to a complex take on gender roles.

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The promise and potential of Catholic schools

Kevin Baxter

As the remaining days of summer slip by and students return to their schools for another academic year, there is great hope and promise for Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.




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