• 'The Giver' praised for themes on free will, sanctity of life

    The new dystopian movie “The Giver” has drawn praise for its deep thematic content on the value of human life, suffering, free will and the dangers of a world that distorts language to do evil.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Journey,’ ‘Turtles’

    Like an airy souffle, director Lasse Hallstrom's food-themed romantic fantasy " has an elegant appearance and a charming taste, but not much substance. Still, there's little to offend on any level, so parents will probably find it acceptable for mature adolescents.

  • ‘Damn Yankees’ scores hits for hilarity & heroism

    Douglas Wallop’s enjoyable yarn, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant,” became the comedically memorable musical morality play “Damn Yankees,” first produced on Broadway in 1955, and as a film in 1958.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Calvary,’ ‘Guardians’

    Calvary (Fox Searchlight): Set in rural Ireland, this bleak but powerful seriocomedy kicks off with a startling premise. In the confessional, a grown victim of childhood sex abuse by a priest tells Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), the dedicated pastor of the County Sligo parish where he now lives, that in a week's time he intends to avenge himself by killing the innocent clergyman.

  • 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.

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God’s magnificent plan for the family

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As the summer winds down and we move into fall, we need to turn our prayers and reflection to the meeting of the world’s bishops that Pope Francis has called for October 5-19 in Rome.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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