• Movie Review: "Pan"

    Fidgeting with the iconic characters of a classic story is a dicey business at best. So it’s no great surprise that “Pan” (Warner Bros.), director Joe Wright’s attempt to provide J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan with an original backstory, turns out to be little more than a lavish but hollow special-effects extravaganza.

  • Movie Review: "Crimson Peak"

    With “Crimson Peak” (Universal), director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro aims for an old-fashioned haunted house entertainment in the Vincent Price vein.

  • Movie Review: "The Walk"

    In August 1974, just as the Watergate scandal was approaching its climax with the announcement of Nixon’s resignation, a very different news story was competing for headlines.

  • Good grief

    In the immortal words of that great philosopher Woody Allen, “I’m not afraid of dying … I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

  • Movie Review: "The Martian"

    Though the compelling sci-fi epic “The Martian” (Fox) is an unusually long movie, what viewers of faith may cherish most about this masterful adventure is a single line of dialogue in the form of a three-word prayer.

  • What’s it like to be Christian in Hollywood?

    Actress Mayim Bialik, who plays the quirky Amy Farrah Fowler on the T.V. hit "The Big Bang Theory," made headlines in late August when she told Fox News that it’s not “trendy” to be a person of faith in Hollywood.

  • Movie Review: "Hotel Transylvania 2"

    “Hotel Transylvania 2” (Warner Bros.) turns out to be a less than ideal spot for a family vacation. That’s because this follow-up to the 2012 animated comedy is both light on laughs and surprisingly violent.

  • Movie Review: "The Intern"

    The generally affable comedy “The Intern” (Warner Bros.) could have provided families with a pleasant, though not especially memorable, visit to the multiplex, but the needless inclusion of some adults-only humor raises concerns about this project’s acceptability even for older teens.



  • Movie Review: "Everest"

    Climbing fatalities are fairly common in the Himalayas and other high-altitude ranges. “Everest” (Universal), dramatizes events leading up to and during May 10, 1996, a fateful day when eight lives were lost. Among the factors that differentiated this tragedy: Three individuals who succumbed, as well as a number of survivors, paid up to $65,000 for the opportunity.

  • Movie Review: "Black Mass"

    Somber, fact-based crime drama “Black Mass” (Warner Bros.) chronicles the rise and fall of notorious Boston kingpin James “Whitey” Bulger.



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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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