• 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.”

  • FILMS: 'Annie,' 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

    This week's USCCB film reviews.

  • Interview with actor Brendan Gleeson of ‘Calvary’

    When it was released last August, the movie “Calvary” drew attention for directly tackling the issue of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. 

  • Bringing Art Alive: Special one-night engagement, ‘The Vatican Museums 3D’ offers viewers a chance to see the Vatican’s greatest artworks tonight at 7 p.m. in theaters citywide

    It’s nearly every devout Catholic’s dream to visit the Vatican at some point in their lives, and experience firsthand the majesty of its art collection. Generally regarded as the greatest art collection on earth, the Vatican’s holdings include such wonders as Michaelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  • FILMS: 'Dumb and Dumber To,' 'Beyond the Lights'

    We have it on the authority of Forrest Gump that stupid is as stupid does. And so it proves with the broad comedy sequel “Dumb and Dumber To” (Universal). Though obviously well-intended, the romantic drama “Beyond the Lights” (Relativity) includes elements that make it problematic even for grown viewers.

  • Interview with star of ‘Dolphin Tale 2’

    Father Ed Benioff, director of the Office of the New Evangelization, “Radiate LA,” at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had the opportunity to speak with Nathan Gamble, 16, one of the stars of “Dolphin Tale 2,” on how this film speaks volumes about overcoming adversity, the importance of volunteering, and most importantly, building a culture of love.

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In our time

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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