• Wendell Pierce, ‘Selma’ and the role of peaceful protests

    As a former cast member of the classic HBO series “The Wire” — considered by many critics to be the best TV series of all time — Wendell Pierce knows the feeling of being involved in a project that is as important as it is entertaining. But as one of the stars of the current movie “Selma,” which depicts the historic civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., he believes he’s in a project that can have an impact on America’s current troubled state of race relations. 

  • ‘Black or White’ and the ongoing race debate

    Race relations are known as the “third rail” in American discussions these days, the hottest of topics that people are still loathe to discuss in detail for fear that the conversation — and perhaps the relationship that goes along with it — could explode at any moment. And with protests over police treatment of African-Americans taking place nationwide in the wake of incidents like those in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, it might seem that there’s no safe way for people to take these conversations down to a personal level at all. 

  • The tools for spiritual warfare

    When Pope Gregory the Great singled out the seven deadly sins, he was quick to also identify Seven Cardinal virtues as a kind of moral counterweight.

  • ‘The Sound We See’: The Echo Park Film Center

    “We found our original mission statement a few years ago,” Paolo offers. “Provide free classes for kids and seniors, provide a screening location for non-traditional films, develop an artist’s residency program. And all these things have come true.”

  • Movie review: "Blackhat"

    In the rapidly expanding, increasingly menacing world of cybercrime, hackers bent on fomenting chaos are known as blackhats.

  • Film review: "American Sniper"

    For those seeking an insight into an individual veteran’s perspective on the Iraq War, director Clint Eastwood’s sober drama “American Sniper” (Warner Bros.) — which stars Bradley Cooper as real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle — will likely hit home.

     

     

  • Movie Review: "The Imitation Game"

    Cambridge University-educated Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a titanic figure in the development of computers, has a claim on our attention that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates do not. His work in breaking the Enigma code used by the German military indisputably helped to defeat Hitler and shorten history's most devastating conflict.

     

     

  • ‘Selma’ is historically entertaining

    Even though I wasn’t on the team of consultants who worked with the producers, I’m glad the film is in the atmosphere.

  • Movie Review: "Selma"

    Arriving on screens almost precisely 50 years after the events it portrays, director Ava DuVernay’s fact-based drama “Selma” (Paramount) recreates a crucial battle in the long struggle for African-American equality.

  • Actress Alissa Jung, star of ‘Mary of Nazareth’

    Every actress spends her career looking for the perfect role. German actress Alissa Jung landed the part of literally the perfect woman  — Mary, the Mother of Jesus — when she was hired to star in the Italian TV miniseries “Mary of Nazareth.”

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Is the devil real?

Russell Shaw

Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it.”

 

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  • Sunday, April 19

    Special Needs Mass, 10 a.m., Father Maguire Council Hall, 4315 N. Vincent Ave, Covina.Mass for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information, contact Elizabeth, (909) 599-9833, ebinerfamily@gmail.com.

    Renew: Spring Clothing Drive and Beer Bazaar, 1-8 p.m., Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St., Los Angeles. St. Vincent de Paul will be on-site collecting donations of gently-used clothing, shoes and accessories, while also selling items from their downtown shop. Artists and local vendors will be set up in the brewery selling artisanal wares. Those who donate five or more products during the event will receive a raffle ticket, redeemable throughout the day to enter to win products from Angel City Brewery, St. Vincent de Paul and Beer Bazaar vendors.

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