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Rich offering of inspiration on religious life

INTRODUCTION TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE: A JOURNEY OF FAITH AND SERVICEFriar Guy Lespinary, OP; The Society of St Pauls, Staten Island, New York; 2015 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn AS this year is dedicated to the Consecrated Life in the Catholic tradition it is fortunate to have available Friar Guy’s text. This small book gives details and covers particular aspects of ... Read More »

Star cast in fading light

DANNY COLLINS: Starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Dan Fogelman. Rated M (Mature themes, coarse language, drug use and nudity) By Kurt Jensen A FLAT, vaguely fact-based blend of comedy and drama, “Danny Collins” has nothing new to say about the corrosive effects of fame and vast wealth. As for the saccharine dialogue ... Read More »

Francis’ time of transformation revealed

POPE FRANCIS: UNTYING THE KNOTSPaul Vallely; Bloomsbury Publishing, London; 2013. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn PAUL Vallely, an internationally respected journalist and commentator on religious, political, cultural and ethical issues researched assiduously to obtain a profile of Fr Jorge Bergoglio’s pastoral work during a politically volatile period in Argentina’s history, and during his exile to Germany in 1986 and, more recently, ... Read More »

Heroes lose their way

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Joss Whedon. Rated M (Action violence). 141 minutes By John Mulderig THE seemingly ever-expanding media universe centred on Marvel Comics spawns yet another property with the arrival of the so-so sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Occasional flashes of wit relieve the endless ... Read More »

Bible behind much of western life of today

The Great Bible Swindle Cover

THE GREAT BIBLE SWINDLEGreg Clarke; Bible Society, Australia, 2015; $19.95 Reviewed by Terry Oberg APART from the Christian liturgy, one of the joys of Easter is the ABC’s radio presentation, via its music station, Classic FM. Here the Paschal triduum features glorious seasonal music complemented by announcers who are steeped in musical, theological and historical knowledge. So much does Christianity ... Read More »

Against all odds

WOMAN IN GOLD: Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl. Directed by Simon Curtis. Rated M (Infrequent coarse language) 109 minutes. By Joseph McAleer THE so-called “last prisoners of World War II” await justice and release in “Woman in Gold”. The elegant lady of the title and three other captives profiled in director Simon Curtis’ film aren’t, in fact, human ... Read More »

Age with an odd twist

Daughter and mother: Flemming (Ellen Burstyn, left) with her mother Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) in a scene from The Age of Adaline; and (inset) Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively form a romance.

THE AGE OF ADALINE: Starring, Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Rated M (Mature themes and sexual references). 113 minutes. By John Mulderig GLOSSY proceedings follow on a silly premise in the serviceable romantic drama “The Age of Adaline”. Viewers willing to swallow its whopper of an opening hypothesis will be ... Read More »

A film bereft of laughter

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2. Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Ver·stegui, Daniella Alonso. Directed by Andy Fickman. 94 minutes. Rated PG (Mild violence). By Kurt Jensen THE stout bromides of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 only serve to make its thin plot and deliberate artlessness more glaring. Kevin James, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Bakay, returns as the earnest, ... Read More »

Overview of Pope Francis’ leadership style

ON THE WAY WITH POPE FRANCIS. Our Destination: A Renewed Church. John Thornhill. St Paulís Publications. Strathfield. NSW. 2014.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn FR John Thornhill, Marist priest and respected theologian, gives an interpretation in 68 pages of the pastoral approach he believes Pope Francis is adopting in his leadership of the Catholic Church. Fr Thornhill explains that issues considered ... Read More »

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