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Star Trek Beyond
Chris Pine, Sofia Boutella and Anton Yelchin star in a scene from the movie

Chris Pine, Sofia Boutella and Anton Yelchin star in a scene from the movie "Star Trek Beyond." The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Paramount)

NEW YORK (CNS) — Fifty years after its debut on television, "Star Trek" bursts onto the big screen again in its 13th feature-film outing.

While the bad luck dreaded by triskaidekaphobes fails to curse the aesthetics of this latest production, there is an unwelcome — though fleeting — development in the moral realm.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Churches must promote good health habits, humor, author says
Good health care is not defined solely by the medical assistance we receive during times of illness or after an accident, Cal Samra insists in "The Physically Fit Messiah." Life patterns that foster good health ought to become personal goals of ours long before a virus attacks or a bone is broken.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Lights Out
NEW YORK (CNS) — Viewers may find themselves giggling at "Lights Out" (Warner Bros). But it won't be because this feeble horror film has scared them silly.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
3-D documentary on papal basilicas a mixed blessing

NEW YORK (CNS) — The 3-D documentary "St. Peter's and the Papal Basilicas of Rome" had only a single American showing July 14 in a few hundred theaters. But viewers are likely to get another opportunity to catch up with the film. Fathom Events, its American distributor, tends to offer encore showings of its opera and theater productions. So the big-screen tour should return in a few months, although no date has been announced.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The Infiltrator
NEW YORK (CNS) — Though it's adapted from Robert Mazur's memoir of his takedown of the Medellin drug cartel in the 1980s, bankers, not cocaine smugglers, are the real villains in "The Infiltrator" (Broad Green).
Monday, July 18, 2016
Ghostbusters

NEW YORK — Few films released over the last several decades have embedded themselves as firmly in the public consciousness as the 1984 comedy "Ghostbusters."

Both the lyrics and the tune of its impossible-to-forget theme song cling tenaciously in the collective memory. So too do any number of its one-liners and visual images ("He slimed me!").


Friday, July 15, 2016
Books about family, food, fireflies will keep kids reading this summer
Nothing says summertime quite like the twinkle of fireflies at dusk. The flashes of light transform the most ordinary places into enchanted landscapes. It's a beautiful image and magical how "among a thousand fireflies" one female meets one male by matching lighting patterns. This book, illustrated with up-close photography of summer's favorite bug (their faces are really quite cute), will delight all readers. With its simple language, the story is a reminder to appreciate the beauty and awe that is God's gift of nature. Ages 3-7.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Books offer insights on conflict, leadership for church ministers
In "Redeeming Conflict," Ann M. Garrido, an associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, has written an easy-to-read, informative book about how to lead in situations when there is conflict. In the book's 12 chapters, Garrido suggests key concepts that leaders should keep in mind to help them to manage these conflictual situations successfully.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Central Intelligence
NEW YORK (CNS) — A high IQ is not a prerequisite for seeing "Central Intelligence" (Warner Bros.). What this dimwitted action comedy demands instead are stamina and perseverance.

Yet another entry in the long roster of buddy films, as directed and co-written by Rawson Marshall Thurber, "Central Intelligence" aims high with a pair of oversized (if physically mismatched) talents, comedian Kevin Hart and wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Purge: Election Year
NEW YORK (CNS) — It's little cause for surprise that "The Purge: Election Year" (Universal) sticks to the commercially tried-and-true formula of its franchise predecessors by appealing to the very impulses it pretends to condemn.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Legend of Tarzan
NEW YORK (CNS) — Just beneath the surface of "The Legend of Tarzan" (Warner Bros.), a Gilbert and Sullivan opera is trying to claw its way out.

That's not to say the latest big-screen take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Lord of the Jungle" creation is remotely clever or lyrical, only that it's a wee bit silly and unspools just a few Victorian gentleman's whiskers shy of an overblown parody.


Monday, July 11, 2016
The Secret Life of Pets
NEW YORK (CNS) — Back in 1995, the classic children's film "Toy Story" purported to show audiences what playthings get up to when they aren't being observed by people. Now "The Secret Life of Pets" (Universal) does much the same for domesticated animals.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
NEW YORK (CNS) — The nuptials turn nasty in "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" (Fox). This potentially enjoyable comedy from director Jake Szymanski departs from its initial promise as a conversion story and instead follows an all-too-familiar path to the gutter.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Free State of Jones
NEW YORK (CNS) — The ambitious historical drama "Free State of Jones" (STX) considers a little-known aspect of the Civil War: armed dissent within the South born of opposition to how the war was being conducted and to the principal reason it began.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence
NEW YORK (CNS) — Something like pondering leftovers discovered in the back of the refrigerator, a movie studio decided, "Hey! This hasn't gone bad!"
Saturday, July 2, 2016
The BFG
NEW YORK (CNS) — Like its source material, Roald Dahl's eponymous1982 children's book, "The BFG" (Disney) comes packed with specialized terms for its own fantasy elements.
Friday, July 1, 2016
The Purge: Election Year
NEW YORK (CNS) — It's little cause for surprise that "The Purge: Election Year" (Universal) sticks to the commercially tried-and-true formula of its franchise predecessors by appealing to the very impulses it pretends to condemn.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Priest-calligrapher left a legacy of medical licenses
A recent issue of the Oregon Medical Board’s newsletter included a tribute to Father Robert Palladino. The priest, who died in February, was an expert calligrapher who during the 1980s and 1990s hand wrote certificates for medical licenses. Doctors all over Oregon have his work hanging on their walls.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
In Mulieribus welcomes new board president
Nancy Pole-Wilhite, longtime board president of In Mulieribus, recently stepped down from that position in order to assume a new role as special projects producer for the Portland women’s choir. Portland musician and neighborhood and social justice activist will take on that role.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Male spirituality rooted in covenant with God
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers — a graduate of the University of Notre Dame who holds a graduate degree from the University of Dallas — is considered by many to be one of the best Catholic preachers from the pulpit. That includes radio and television, including EWTN. He’s written a highly readable and practical book for men seeking an authentically Catholic male spirituality. As a bonus, Archbishop Alexander Sample has contributed a long and excellent foreword.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Transformative Power of Faith
Drawing from Scripture and his own experience in ministry the past forty years, Grayson Warren Brown makes a compelling case in “The Transformative Power of Faith,” his third and latest book. Not content with a superficial reading of the Gospel stories, Brown breaks open the word and brings the characters to life, leading readers to a transformative encounter with Jesus. But the Bible isn’t his only source—he also references pop culture, historical events, and his own faith journey.
Monday, June 27, 2016


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