• Finding Dory

    Fans of the 2003 animated adventure “Finding Nemo” have reason to rejoice: The long wait for a sequel is over, and the follow-up, “Finding Dory” (Disney), once again turns vast expanses of salt water into tasty taffy.

  • Central Intelligence

    A high IQ is not a prerequisite for seeing “Central Intelligence” (Warner Bros.). What this dimwitted action comedy demands is perseverance.

  • An ‘affair’ to remember

    A 2016 news article about a cloistered nun who just earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering got me thinking about a Hollywood actress from the early 1960s, a terrible Alan Alda movie from the 1970s and the challenge of tying all these seemingly disparate elements into one cohesive thought. 

  • Now You See Me 2

    There’s a moral underlying the magic-themed thriller “Now You See Me 2” (Summit). It concerns being true to yourself while not always believing in what you see. Such, it seems, is the code magicians live by.

  • The Conjuring 2

    There’s not much magic in “The Conjuring 2” (Warner Bros.). What this possession-themed horror story does have are two principal spirits haunting folks throughout — one of them a demon nun.

  • There's a generation that didn't know John Paul II – this film is for them

    Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and around their television sets to pray for Pope John Paul II as he passed away on April 2, 2005. They remembered the more than 26 years he served as the Holy Father; the courage he had in fighting communism; his immense love; and his adventurous spirit.

  • The final day of the 7th annual TCM Film Festival

    The first time I saw a movie at the Egyptian Theatre was in October 1961. Oddly enough, I arrived at the same theater to see the same film on the final day of the 7th annual TCM Film Festival. 

  • TCM Film Festival – Part III: Billy Wilder, D.W. Griffith & Our Lady of Lourdes

    Continuing my description of movies with Catholic significance at the 7th annual TCM Film Festival, the third morning again began with a mid-morning showing of “Ace in the Hole” (1951) at the Chinese Multiplex. Billy Wilder wrote, produced and directed this searing exposé of the unsavory, immoral side of American popular culture.

  • A movie in the right season

    When “A Man for All Seasons” came out to theaters in 1966 I was not interested. At the time my movie-going tastes were more in line with other new releases, such as “The Night of the Grizzly,” “Born Free” and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    The heroine of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (Disney) is not Lewis Carroll’s curious 7-year-old girl but rather an intrepid sea captain with an entrepreneurial streak.

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Voices

How to not be a 'beige Catholic,' according to Bishop Barron

Catholic News Agency

Catholics in America today need to find ways to engage the culture with truth, and avoid “beige Catholicism” that seeks to be dominated by the culture, Bishop Robert Barron said Thursday.

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June 26, 2016

  • Sunday, June 26

    St John Eudes Adult Choir annual 'Summer Concert Under the Stars', 6:30 p.m., St. John Eudes, 9901 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. Featuring The Rose Palmer Trio musicians. Theme: 'Neighbor to Neighbor' .  Please bring a picnic meal if you wish.  Tickets available at the door: Adults $10; Children 12 and under $5. For info please call Mary (818) 346-0927.

     

    Year of Mercy Mass in The Shrine of St. John Paul II, 3 p.m., Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, 3424 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles.  Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass celebrated in KOREAN with Fr. Robert Dae-je Choi, SJ, Pastor of St. Agnes Korean Catholic Church.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confession following Mass. Closing prayer will be a blessing and veneration of the first class relic of St. John Paul II. 

     

    “In the Garden”Art & Music Fair, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.,Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palo Verde. Local artists creating, displaying & selling work in gardens. The Taiko Effect Drummers, South Bay Coastliners Barbershop Chorus, South Bay Strummers ukelele band, Logan & Randall’s Folk Band. Ticket includes homemade strawberry shortcake, lemonade & iced tea. Reservations: Irma (310) 377-4867 ext 234. Cost: $10. Order box lunch a week ahead of the event for $12 each. Choices: Chicken Salad, Tri-tip or Vegetarian; includes Salad, Fruit, Chips, a Cookie & Water.

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