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 […]
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.
“The Girl on the Train” (Universal), director Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, is a film that would like to be taken seriously.
New iPhone updates are among the things we love to hate, and the new iOS10 update is garnering just as much angst and ire as its predecessors.
Written and drawn by British cartoonist Tom Gauld, “Mooncop” follows a policeman in an unknown year in an alternate future as he concludes his patrols of the lunar surface. The officer, whose name is not given, watches as the last few members of a once-promising colony return to Earth and the handful of remaining structures are dismantled.
NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Tim Burton is on his home turf with the gothic fantasy “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (Fox). While his adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel is mildly entertaining, however, it’s hobbled by an overly complicated premise and by the head-scratching implications of time travel. Bridging the film’s two settings, […]
Jesuit Father Sean Salai provides a lot of information in “What Would Pope Francis Do?” — a relatively short but well-written book that is particularly suitable for young Catholics. Six thematic chapters (on longing, closeness, dignity, weariness, tenderness and Mary) reflect on Pope Francis’ teachings from his 2013 exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).
It seems obvious that bank robbery, especially in real life, makes a better subject for drama than for comedy. And nothing in the Zach Galifianakis vehicle “Masterminds” (Relativity) — a comic recounting of the 1997 “hillbilly heist” from an armored-car firm in North Carolina — does anything to undermine that easily-arrived-at conclusion.
NEW YORK (CNS) — Audiences of the 1970s were fed a steady diet of fictional disaster movies. Ocean liners capsized, skyscrapers burned and planes were imperiled. Whatever the nature of the threat, endangered characters, whether plucky or pusillanimous, tried to see it through in the conviction that (to quote the popular theme song of 1972’s […]
The remake of “Ben-Hur,” the cable-TV drama “Ray Donovan” and the documentary series “The Story of God” were named winners of the 2016 Catholics in Media Awards, presented annually by Catholics in Media Associates.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Benedictine Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki of St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was with Arnold Palmer when the golfing great died Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t the first time Archabbot Nowicki had visited Palmer that day. Palmer, 87, was in a hospital awaiting a heart operation scheduled for Sept. 26. “I […]