Movie & Book Reviews


Examination of Mencken’s writings on religion has lessons for today
Mar 21 2017
As Hart notes, Mencken had the “capacity to expose civil religion’s pretense, idealism and hollowness.”

Movie Review: 'Beauty and the Beast'
Mar 18 2017
Disney's live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film "Beauty and the Beast" arrives in theaters amid a swirl of controversy over the updating of one of its characters into an openly gay man.

Movie Review: 'Kong: Skull Island'
Mar 16 2017
Impressive monster movie, set in 1973, in which an ensemble of scientists and soldiers travel to a previously uncharted island where they encounter an updated version of King Kong.

Movie Review: 'Logan'
Mar 08 2017
Set in the near future, director James Mangold’s action adventure poses as a redemption story for its bad-tempered protagonist.

Movie Review: 'Fist Fight'
Feb 27 2017
Director Richie Keen and screenwriters Van Robichaux and Evan Susser have constructed this unpleasant mess as a series of dirty jokes.

Movie Review: 'The Great Wall'
Feb 23 2017
Those seeking nothing more from a movie than sheer spectacle may be satisfied with the visually interesting but thoroughly implausible action adventure “The Great Wall.”

Movie Review: 'The Lego Batman Movie'
Feb 16 2017
Fast-paced fun is the order of the day in director Chris McKay’s animated treat for viewers of almost every age.

Movie Review: 'The Comedian'
Feb 09 2017
With Robert De Niro as insult comic Jackie Burke, this is where funny has gone to die – cringing the entire way.

Movie Review: 'Gold'
Feb 02 2017
There’s a sour taste to this loosely fact-based story that a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the lead role fails to dispel.

Movie Review: 'The Founder'
Jan 26 2017
In chronicling the early history of McDonald’s, “The Founder” makes compelling food for thought, if not exactly a happy meal.

HBO's 'The Young Pope' repels more than it engages
Jan 20 2017
Saddled with a cartoonish view of the church, and driven by the urge to be edgy, “The Young Pope” repels more than it engages.

Movie Review: 'La La Land'
Jan 10 2017
Though it’s set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama “La La Land” takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood’s golden age.