The film really isn’t about the two popes, but about one—Francis. Benedict is only used as a vehicle and a way to portray Francis as the savior of the Catholic Church.
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Eastwood’s project of demonstrating the greatness in the American character is again exemplified in “Richard Jewell.”
Did the Holy Mother realize how politicized her journey to Bethlehem would become?
The musical adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, "Christmas Bells," is gorgeous. But it isn't really about Christmas.
Retreat to your chamber and pray. Come forth and join your even-Christians in prayer and song. Let your eyes shine with the vision of a wonder that the world does not know.
Remembering the “Man in White” as an American prophet.
Sharp-eyed viewers will catch the foundational message of "Richard Jewell" in the caption on a poster hanging on the wall in a defense attorney’s office: “The government scares me more than terrorists.”
In a short re-dedication of his novel, The Virginian, Owen Wister wrote: “If this book be anything more than an American story, it is an expression of American faith.” Such a faith lies in the ruins with the book.
A strange—yet predictable—pick for "Person of the Year."
In "Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood," the old wins its battle with the new and real men are portrayed as heroes once more.
Despite the criticism, “The Irishman” director has made a cinematically powerful film.
Killing the minor leagues in favor of more “analytics” will destroy America’s favorite pastime.
Robert De Niro delivers a 209-minute confession—with no remorse. He says what he feels, which is nothing.
The Disney+ series serves up the Old West in a new format.
“It’s your body and your choice” is prudery, to be sure, but it also represents a kind of nihilism that dead-bolts the mind. When that prevails, with no apology to Don McLean, that’s the day the music dies.
“That’s why the establishment, the press, the permanent bureaucracy, the tech oligarchs, the urban aristocrats, the Deep State and all the rest of the ugly beautiful people, will never forgive Devin Nunes,” Lee Smith writes in his dynamite new book. “It belittled them that he didn’t care he wasn’t their sort but was proud to be a farm kid.”
By choosing to give its marvelous heroine the comic-book treatment, “Harriet” can’t decide if it wants to be a serious biography or the female “Black Panther.”
Bomb after bomb after bomb after bomb. Are any studio executives paying attention yet?
On the life and work of Peter Collier.
It’s important to tread carefully lest one gets “worked” one way or another by this vaudevillian. What The Pervert presents is the idea that better people will make a better system. The mindset is that we must become worthy to transcend what’s prescribed.