Film & Arts

The Catholic Rubens

The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Chinese leadership sought to erase memory of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre entirely from the public, and they were highly successful. How? Four things.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

'The Babadook'

Jennifer Kent’s "The Babadook" is a horror film that abjures cheap thrills and builds its terrors securely atop a base of all-too-familiar human pain.

'Grantchester'

"Grantchester," part of PBS’s Masterpiece programming, is soothingly old-fashioned, falling comfortably within the bounds of the cozy mystery genre.

Poem | Galileo

Prone before the archbishop, he averted his face from the / severe brocade and chasuble stained with incense and filth...

The Children Act

With his newest novel, Ian McEwan has effected a successful return to the moral and social complications of 'Saturday.'

My Two Italies

How can a civilization that produced Michelangelo and Fellini also have spawned the Mafia and Mussolini? And how can 'The Godfather' be an expression of ethnicity?

'Birdman'

Alejandro González Iñárritu has made something that looks and feels unique, with a cast that works with such ensemble perfection I hesitate to single anyone out.

'Eventide' by Voces8

The via pulchritudinis is never far from me in my life as a Catholic, and it has been particularly with me lately as I’ve listened to Eventide by Voces8.

Fiction | You Will Be Missed

What kind of people don’t see their only sibling for years, then show up at her husband’s funeral? What kind of Irish joke are you?

'Rosewater' & 'Nightcrawler'

"Rosewater"—set in an Iranian prison—is painful, poignant, at times funny and humanizing. "Nightcrawler"—a monster movie that wants to be a social indictment—isn't.
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Book Reviews

No Turning Back

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

American Reckoning

March 26, 2015 | 3 comments

Hitler's First Victims

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Diary of the Fall

March 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Distant Neighbors

March 5, 2015 | 2 comments

No Man's Land

February 19, 2015 | 5 comments