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Australian Church history at it most readable

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC LIVESBy Edmund Campion, David Lovell Publishing, RRP $24.95 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC OVER the years, many readers of The Catholic Leader have told me that they always read the back page first. I assume that this is because they enjoy well-written accounts of how ordinary people like themselves live generous and creative lives informed by their ... Read More »

Violent film misses the mark

THE EQUALIZER. Denzel Washington, Martin Csokas, ChloÎ Grace Moretz. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. 132 minutes. Rated MA15+ (Strong violence). By John McCarthy VIGILANTE figures can be compelling in part because it’s natural to cheer against evildoers. And it’s much easier to be drawn in when a likable actor portrays the putative hero. But no matter how intriguing and righteous an ... Read More »

Confusion reigns and the Maze is the only way out

The Maze Runner

THE MAZE RUNNER: Starring Dylan OíBrien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Sangster, Aml Ameen. Directed by Wes Ball. 113 minutes. Rated M (Violence, science fiction themes and sustained threat) By Joseph McAleer CROSS The Hunger Games with Divergent and you’ll get The Maze Runner, the latest angst-ridden drama about teenagers fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. This go-round, there’s ... Read More »

Dancing with no plot

'Step Up All In'

STEP UP ALL IN: Starring Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani, Briana Evigan, Alyson Stoner, Misha Gabriel Hamilton. Directed by Trish Sie. 112 minutes. Rated PG (Mild coarse language) Reviewed by Kurt Jensen COMPLETISTS of the Step Up franchise may find the fifth outing in the dance-showcasing series, “Step Up All In, enjoyable. Others will wonder where the plot went. Intricate ... Read More »

Reflections on the work of St Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila

TERESA OF AVILA, DOCTOR OF THE SOUL: Peter Tyler; Bloomsbury, London, 2014; $39.99 Reviewed by Terry Oberg THIS is not a chronological narrative. The background to St Teresa’s writing and mystical thought, the content of her four main works and some modern psychological insights combine to form the body of this study. Within this framework, her life is depicted with its paradoxes, ... Read More »

Conversations about ecological conversion

EW'sreforestation

RISE OF THE ECO-WARRIORS: Feature Documentary on DVD. Starring Dr Willie Smits. Produced-directed by Cathy Henkel. 105 minutes. Rated PG. Reviewed By Robin Williams THE capacity for individuals to make a difference and protect the world we live in is the dominant theme in Rise of the Eco-Warriors. A group of 15 young people from nine nations are chosen from a worldwide call to ... Read More »

Pope explores ecological themes

THE GARDEN OF GOD: TOWARD A HUMAN ECOLOGYPope Benedict XVI; Edited by Maria Morciano; The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, DC; 2014. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn DURING his memorable papacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI repeatedly drew attention to the inter-connectedness between all human life on planet Earth and the environment. In doing this, through spoken and written means, Benedict ... Read More »

More ‘danger’ for teens

THE GIVER: Starring Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift. Directed by Phillip Noyce. 97 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes, violence) By Joseph McAleer HOLLYWOOD continues to make the future a dangerous and challenging place to be a teenager. Arriving on the heels of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” is “The Giver” ... Read More »

Expect the unexpected

Most Wanted

A MOST WANTED MAN: Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Grigori Dobrygin. Directed by Anton Corbijn. 122 minutes. Rated M (Coarse language and mature themes) By Joseph McAleer THE extreme measures spies take to combat terrorism, and the moral compromises that go with them, are showcased in A Most Wanted Man, an edgy adaptation of the ... Read More »

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