The Archdiocese of Portland is a rich environment for Catholic writers. Here are reviews of several of the best books — by Deacon Chris Anderson, Holy Cross Father Richard Berg, Deacon Owen Cummings, Brian Doyle, Terry Ianora, Randy Traeger and Lillian Whitlow.
NEW YORK (CNS) — The glossy crime drama "Live by Night" (Warner Bros.) traces the rise of Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck, who also wrote and directed), a Boston-bred gangster in the Florida of the 1920s and '30s. Though not exactly a hoodlum with a heart of gold, Coughlin is presented as a sympathetic figure in Affleck's serious-minded adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling novel.
NEW YORK (CNS) — The action comedy "Monster Trucks" (Paramount) certainly lives up to its title. It has strange creatures mysteriously propelling utilitarian vehicles in the absence of an internal combustion engine. It also sees to it that some bad guys meet justice, as you might expect.