Film & Arts

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.

'Listen Up Philip'

The reduction of character and motive to diagrammable banalities seems of a piece with this film’s lack of interest in creating anything resembling human emotion.

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.
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Book Reviews

Kill Chain

May 18, 2015 | 0 comments

The Republic of Imagination

May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Blackballed

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Life After Faith

April 30, 2015 | 1 comment

Loitering

April 23, 2015 | 0 comments