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WATCH: Calligrapher says sacred art needs freshening
Ed Langlois/Catholic SentinelPortland calligrapher and artist Chuck Lehman holds his piece on St. Maximilian Kolbe, who gave himself up to die in place of another prisoner at Auschwitz. People are hungry for meaningful sacred art, Lehman says.

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Portland calligrapher and artist Chuck Lehman holds his piece on St. Maximilian Kolbe, who gave himself up to die in place of another prisoner at Auschwitz. People are hungry for meaningful sacred art, Lehman says.

A veteran Catholic calligrapher from Portland is calling on his peers to breathe new life into sacred art.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
NEW YORK (CNS) — Despite its ponderous title, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" (STX) turns out to be a flashy but lightweight sci-fi adventure likely to divert those grown viewers content to munch their popcorn and enjoy a break from the heat of summer.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Last Tycoon
NEW YORK (CNS) — A few significantly objectionable moments, reflecting the worst excesses of contemporary TV and film production, mar the otherwise appealingly old–fashioned storytelling of "The Last Tycoon."
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dunkirk
NEW YORK (CNS) — "Wars are not won by evacuations," British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously observed. As writer-director Christopher Nolan's compelling historical drama "Dunkirk" (Warner Bros.) demonstrates, however, fine films can be made about them.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Girls Trip
NEW YORK (CNS) — Buried underneath several layers of crass gags, "Girls Trip" (Universal) has a substantial story about loyalty and moral decisions. But libidinous raunch is the evident lure.
Monday, July 24, 2017
The Exception
NEW YORK (CNS) — Historical kitsch applied to World War II espionage doesn't get more gloriously over the top than in "The Exception" (A24).

Based on Alan Judd's 2003 novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss," it has, as billed, Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer) living out the last year of his exile in the Netherlands before his 1941 death.


Thursday, July 20, 2017
Descendants 2
NEW YORK (CNS) — The soundtrack of Disney's new television movie "Descendants 2" features overproduced and elaborately choreographed pop/hip-hop dance numbers and oversung, power pop-country anthems.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Wish Upon
NEW YORK (CNS) — The low-budget Faustian fable that is "Wish Upon" (Broad Green) has a bullied teen girl fulfilling her earthly desires for vengeance, money, popularity and a surprisingly chaste romance in exchange for maybe her mortal soul.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes
NEW YORK (CNS) — Monkey business turns deadly serious in "War for the Planet of the Apes" (Fox), the climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994).
Friday, July 14, 2017
Waiting for gold
BEAVERTON — For a musician, receiving a gold record for a single or album is not only a career highlight — it’s the moment of a lifetime. For Dan Schauffler, Valley Catholic band director, that moment was more than 30 years in the making. On April 4, students, faculty and staff celebrated the golden achievement.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Cambridge choir to perform at Portland church
On Sunday July 16, St. Peter Church in Southeast Portland welcomes the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, England, to perform at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 16, at the church.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Books on saints uplifting but one has grave errors on Scripture
These two short books about saints are devotional, suitable for spiritual reading and quiet meditation. Wright's book narrates the lives and accomplishments of two scions of noble families in what are today Switzerland and France in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the time of the Catholic Reformation.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Authors help couples provide credible, effective witness to marriage
Throughout this book the authors write from both personal and professional experience. They write affectionately about how their marriage into each other's family has been a life-changing, yet at times challenging, experience. They write about how they have been aided in their marriage journey by a loving and supportive faith community, both within the Catholic Church itself, and within the church's marriage ministry community.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Valley Catholic senior makes Carnegie Hall debut

BEAVERTON — It was a cold night in New York. But Hope Huang, a Valley Catholic senior and musician, didn’t mind the chill as she experienced a musician’s dream, performing at Carnegie Hall.

It was Huang’s first time in the Big Apple, and she was there to take part in a string orchestra at the Young Adult Honors Performance Series at one of the most famous venues in the world.


Saturday, July 8, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming

NEW YORK (CNS) — There's much to like about the vibrant comic-book adaptation "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (Columbia). Besides an unslacking pace and a clever central plot twist, there's the fact that the mayhem on display is kept virtually bloodless.

And the film showcases both loyal friendship and restrained romance.


Friday, July 7, 2017
Reprint of 19th-century book worthwhile
The 19th-century British catacombs expert, Father James Spencer Northcote, brings the history of the early Christians in Rome to life in his book “The Roman Catacombs.” He covers not only how the early Christians hid from Roman soldiers and buried their dead in the dark and hidden tunnels underneath the environs of the ancient city, but also the history of the catacombs once Rome became Christian, and their loss and recovery.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
For this book, you win with 'Draw'
NEW YORK (CNS) — "The Draw of Sport" (Fantagraphics) is a delightful and historically valuable book. The retrospective is written and drawn by Murray Olderman, a pioneer and central figure in the golden age of sports cartoonists.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Summer arts and recreation

A “fundamental truth of Catholic Christianity is that creation is good, so that love of created things is also good,” writes Jeffrey Mirus, a co-founder of Christendom College and Trinity Communications. It’s important, though, to make sure that one is not replacing God with nature. St. Thomas Aquinas taught that God is not an item in the world, but is being itself.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Beauty, poetry of classic hymns comes through in book, audio CD
Anthony Esolen, an accomplished literary scholar who is a faithful Catholic, turns his attention to the poetry of our beloved classic hymns in "Real Music." The book and accompanying audio CD captivate at every turn.
Monday, July 3, 2017
The House
NEW YORK (CNS) — Had "The House" (Warner Bros.) been made as a taut, dark comedy about the price of greed, it might have some merit. Instead, director Andrew Jay Cohen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Brendan O'Brien, has produced a sloppy, illogical, cringe-inducing time-waster.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Baby Driver

NEW YORK (CNS) — Stylish and energetic, the high-octane crime drama "Baby Driver" (TriStar) blends pop music, dizzying car chases and some dark humor to impressive effect.

While the film's basic values are sound, however, late plot developments involve a quantity of bloodletting that will seem excessive to many moviegoers.


Saturday, July 1, 2017


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