Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Some folks would have much preferred someone else had won. To others, it’s a welcome recognition of his lyric gifts.
A traveling interactive exhibit called “Forced from Home,” sponsored by Doctors Without Borders, intends to change that. The exhibit, which started in New York Sept. 16 and ends in Philadelphia Nov. 13 — with stops in between in Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh — aims to bring the refugee crisis closer to home by having participants walk — if not a mile, then at least 10,000 square feet — in a refugee’s shoes.
Everything about the concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” (Universal) — aside from the comic himself — is oversized.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have given fans little to cheer about in recent years, but a 15-year-old girl from a Toronto Catholic high school hopes to help change that. Martina Ortiz-Luis, a 10th-grade student from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in Toronto, was recently selected from among more than 500 applicants to be the team’s official anthem singer for home games.
“Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec” by Siham Jamaa. A Ulysses Travel Guide (Montreal, 2016). 256 pp., $19.95. Just as France has its castles, Canada’s Quebec province “has its churches,” writer Siham Jamaa observes in her newly published “Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec.” I doubt that many travelers return home […]
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nobody’s story is cut and dried, as longtime immigration reporter Daniel Connolly learned when doing reporting for his book, “The Book of Isaias.” Connolly tracked the Mexican-born teenager throughout his senior year of high school in Memphis, Tennessee, and followed up at critical junctures in his life afterward. Isaias’ story has its […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — In effect, the action-drama “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.) argues that those with autism have a license to kill as well as to abet a litany of other criminal activities. If this summation makes the movie sound preposterous and morally bankrupt, then so be it. After doing the math, it’s the only […]
NEW YORK (CNS) — An overheated tone and characters’ questionable tactics in the struggle against abortion undercut the obviously good intentions behind the pro-life drama “Voiceless” (ArtAffects). While it’s clearly meant to serve as a cinematic rallying cry for the protection of the innocent, the film instead runs the risk of reinforcing the stereotype of […]
The glorious “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) applies the traditional formula of an uplifting sports drama to the real-life story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.
St. Cloud native Jim Studer uses Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” to introduce his newly published book “The Road Taken.” Studer states that Frost’s traveler never took the road less traveled: “as the poem seems to be a metaphor for life’s journey, there is no one road ‘less traveled by.’ We all travel our own road, which no one else has or ever will travel.”
NEW YORK (CNS) — Kids the same age as its preteen main character are clearly the target audience for “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” (Lionsgate/CBS Films). But numerous elements in the film seem ill-suited to such youthful viewership. In particular, parents may not care for the underlying message of this comedy which […]
Nat Turner’s Rebellion, an 1831 insurrection among the enslaved people of Southampton County, Virginia, represented the most serious challenge of its kind ever posed to slavery in the antebellum South.
The book addresses ecumenism as much as repentance, basing the first on the second. Present-day Western Christians have taken a close look at past theological clashes, some of which led to war. Yet Marty urges us to look to the present and future: “We know that the past is past. It does not exist. It cannot be changed. What can be changed is one’s attitude.” He bids that we ask ourselves how we today contribute to division within the church and to repent of this.