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Book provides first-person look at Alzheimer's
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This is the cover of "On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's" by Greg O'Brien. The book is reviewed by Agostino Bono. (CNS)

A book about a man's agonizing descent into Alzheimer's disease could easily be steeped in negativity. Yet in "On Pluto," Greg O'Brien has poignantly chronicled a tragedy happening. It's sad and joyful; depressing and uplifting; tragic and touching.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The sequels just get 'Dumb and Dumber To'
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).
Monday, November 17, 2014
'Beyond the Lights' problematic, even for grown viewers
Though obviously well-intended, the romantic drama "Beyond the Lights" (Relativity) includes elements that make it problematic even for grown viewers.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Less is more with 'Race the Sun'
When you play the video game "Race the Sun" (Flippfly) for the first time, it's easy to get the impression that you've been ripped off.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
'St. Vincent' an endearing drama
An unlikely baby sitter also serves as an unusual image of sanctity in the fundamentally endearing drama "St. Vincent" (Weinstein). While writer-director Ted Melfi's feature debut has a broadly appealing message, aspects of its main character's dodgy lifestyle narrow the scope of its appropriate audience. The film's approach to moral questions, moreover, requires mature reflection.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Books explore lives of early church fathers - and mothers
"When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers" by Marcellino D'Ambrosio" and "Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity" by Elizabeth A. Dreyer both books provide excellent introductions to the writings and the theological and historical context of significant Christian thinkers.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Nerds + robots = 'Big Hero 6'
After seeing 'Big Hero 6' (Disney), your kids will want a robot for Christmas.
Friday, November 7, 2014
It's a flawed liftoff for 'Interstellar'
While ambitions are admirable and visuals dazzling, "Interstellar" (Paramount) has a roughly three-hour running time that tries patience. Other aesthetic miscalculations, combined with morally problematic elements, ultimately make for something of a flawed liftoff.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Book leads priests to deeper appreciation of Holy Cross founder
After months spent tracking down English translations of Blessed Basil Moreau's writings and searching through the order's archives in South Bend, Ind., two Holy Cross priests published a new book, "Basil Moreau: Essential Writings" (Ave Maria Press), this past spring.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Daytime TV during hospital stay offers little nourishment
The writer had a kidney removed. The surgery resulting incisions hurt, but weren't as painful as the assault on his senses by what TV offers when it's not prime time.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Bestiary provides opportunity for parent-child sharing
This is a book for parents to read to and with their children. A bestiary, the author explains in his introduction, was a medieval, illuminated manuscript about animals mentioned in the Bible, and some not mentioned, but creatures of fantasy.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Amnesia plot gets dusted off in 'Before I Go to Sleep'
The cherished amnesia plot gets dusted off for the thriller "Before I Go to Sleep" (Clarius). Writer-director Rowan Joffe's adaptation of S.J. Watson's novel adeptly executes a few turns. But it offers only one big twist.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Disturbing antics abound in 'Nightcrawler'
The free-for-all world of local TV news reporting provides the backdrop for the strikingly creepy character study "Nightcrawler" (Open Road).
Friday, October 31, 2014
Book explores balance between charitable acts, religious values

There is a close relationship between charitable action and philanthropy on the part of religious organizations, according to Thomas J. Davis, editor of "Religion in Philanthropic Organizations: Family, Friend, Foe?"  But the philanthropy his book focuses upon aims principally at alleviating society's ills and making the world a better place. This might be done through caring for the sick, feeding and educating the poor, disaster relief, counseling families that suffer or aid for immigrants.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): It's dead weight morally-speaking
Talky, pretentious and filled with existential angst when the characters aren't preoccupied with spitting curses, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (Fox Searchlight) is visually dazzling.Morally, though, it's dead weight.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
'John Wick' plays like commercial for fancy beer
Keanu Reeves often portrays strong, silent types -- men of action who, if judged by their outward appearance and the way they sound, are easily written off as slackers. Yet they get the job done and project enough vulnerability to invite audience sympathy. Starring as the eponymous antihero of the action thriller "John Wick" (Summit), Reeves stays true to form, up to a point.
Monday, October 27, 2014
'Shoplifter' worth paying for
Sometimes we commit a sin because we feel helpless and unable to control our situation. If we're lucky, we encounter an understanding soul who shows us mercy and convinces us to take a different path. That's the story arc of "Shoplifter" (Pantheon), a wise and prettily drawn graphic novel from cartoonist and writer Michael Cho.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Brutal realism, spirituality come together in 'Fury'
Brutal realism in the depiction of combat and scripturally inspired spirituality hardly make an obvious pairing. Yet, by bringing them together in "Fury" (Sony), writer-director David Ayer crafts a powerful -- albeit disturbing -- study of the psychological effects of combat.
Friday, October 24, 2014
'Ouija' leaves film-goers bored
Like some who play the "game" from which it takes its title, the folks behind "Ouija" (Universal) want to have it both ways: It's all about harmless fun, of course. But what if it's not?
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Catholic author returns to big screen with 'Best of Me'
Catholic author Nicholas Sparks, master of gooey romance, returns to the big screen with "The Best of Me" (Relativity), based on his best-selling 2011 novel.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
'Addicted': Somewhere between soft-core porn, soap opera
Dramas about any form of addiction customarily exist in a tight moral universe. There are clearly limned ideas of right and wrong. Always, misdeeds bring harsh consequences. "Addicted" (Lionsgate) keeps to that structure only briefly.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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