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Dismantling The Da Vinci Code - Sandra Miesel

In the end, Dan Brown has penned a poorly written, atrociously researched mess. So, why bother with such a close reading of a worthless novel? The answer is simple: The Da Vinci Code takes esoterica mainstream.  Popular  Read more...

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle - Sean Fitzpatrick

This book is not for you ... unless you prepare yourself to be initiated into its mysteries through baptism — a Baptism by Beer.   Read more...

What Should Children Read? - Russell Kirk

In recommending books to be read by young people from the age of seven to the age of twelve, this critic's problem is not paucity, but plenitude.   Read more...

"Lincoln" - Steven D. Greydanus

Daniel Day-Lewis brilliantly brings the 16th president to life in Steven Spielberg's lavish historical drama.  Read more...

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry: The Wise Fools of Christmas - Sean Fitzpatrick

It is a tiny tale of love, courage, tears, and terrible happiness.  Read more...

'A Twisted Heart' - Charles Colson

On the surface, with its period settings and costumes, the new film Brideshead Revisited looks like a faithful adaptation of the classic novel by Evelyn Waugh. Underneath, it is anything but faithful. On the contrary, it presents a deeply flawed and inaccurate picture of the Christian faith that Waugh embraced.   Read more...

'Argo': A Fake Movie Makes for a Real Thriller - Steven D. Greydanus

How Hollywood, Canadians, and the CIA rescue 6 Americans from Iran.  Read more...

'Bodies' exhibit is no masterpiece - Colleen Carroll Campbell

Renaissance sculptures and saints' relics are not as sexy as cadavers playing hoops, but gazing at the Pieta surely is a more ennobling experience than ogling corpses at the mall.   Read more...

'Brave' - Steven Greydanus

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio's first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.  Read more...

'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' - Charles Colson

Take a neighbor or a friend to see The Boy in the Striped PajamasRead more...

'The Hobbit' and Virtue - Joseph Pearce

At its deepest level of meaning, The Hobbit is a pilgrimage of grace in which its protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, becomes grown-up in the most important sense.  Read more...

12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith - Stephen Beale

It is impossible to imagine the Christian faith as we know it without Latin — including where the word "Mass" comes from. Here are twelve words that have shaped the faith in Western Christendom.  Read more...

12 Years a Slave - Steven D. Greydanus

My colleague Peter Chattaway once commented that "we live in a culture where something doesn't seem 'real' until a movie has been made about it." That makes 12 Years a Slave not only a brilliant film, but an essential one.  Read more...

20 Ways “The Lord of the Rings” Is Both Christian and Catholic - Stan Williams

Thanks to the vision and persistence of Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson and the financial backing of Warner Brothers' New Line Cinema, these great stories are now becoming accessible to millions more around the world.  Read more...

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days - James Bowman

As I was coming out of a screening of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, as shaken up by the experience as I imagine everyone who has seen the film must be, I accidentally fell into step behind a couple — she in her 20s or early 30s, he considerably older, both elegantly dressed — who were making their reaction to what they had seen a matter for public remark.   Read more...

America’s Heart and Soul – movie review - Steven Greydanus

The pursuit of happiness. That's what Louis Schwartzberg, a stock cinematographer who took a break from shooting landscape and cityscape footage for Hollywood movies to roam the country collecting the two dozen portraits that make up America's Heart and Soul, has captured.  Read more...

Captains Courageous and coming of age as a man - Anthony Esolen

"I wonder your nervous system isn't completely wrecked," said Mrs. Cheyne.  Read more...

Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth - an excerpt - Father Richard John Neuhaus

"It would be difficult to find a guide so knowledgeable, so theologically astute, and so engaging as a writer. Father Neuhaus presents the 'high adventure' of a Catholic orthodoxy that stands firmly against the winds of adversity and confusion." - Avery Cardinal Dulles  Read more...

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - Paul Joseph Prezzia

It is a true truism that art imitates life.   Read more...

District 9 and the Biblical Attitude Toward the Other - Father Robert Barron

An identification of the oppressor with the oppressed, the openness to interpreting the world from the underside, from the perspective of the victim, this, I would submit, is the Biblical difference.  Read more...

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Sean Fitzpatrick

The womb and the tomb — one of the most striking mirror images that our lives have to offer.   Read more...

Gran Torino Works - Jordan Ballor

Clint Eastwood’s 2008 project Gran Torino has recently been released on DVD, and what a delight it is.   Read more...

Hansel and Gretel — The Fairy Tale School of Fear and Violence - Sophie Hileman

A popular condemnation of Grimm's Fairy Tales is that they are too violent for children.   Read more...

Into Great Silence - James Bowman

Into Great Silence by the German film-maker Philip Gröning had to wait 16 years to be made.  Read more...

Midnight in Paris and the Pull of Nostalgia - Russell D. Moore

If the opening chapters of the Book of Ecclesiastes were to take on flesh, the result would be something like Woody Allen.   Read more...


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