Watch: Safety Not Guaranteed

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Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Film District, 2012)

Director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly’s touching sci-fi misadventure about time travel looks like it was made on a small budget, but it offers a lot of bang for those few bucks. This indie comedy about regret, risk, and redemption has a time machine, secret government agents, a slightly mad scientist, and quirky 20- and 30-somethings who might just harbor collections of comic books and Star Wars figurines.


USC Book Club: Grace Notes

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September 2012:

Grace Notes

By Brian Doyle

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Loyal U.S. Catholic readers need no introduction to Brian Doyle, whose musings, reflections, essays, short stories, and poems have truly graced our pages ever since 1979, when Brian worked here for a year as an associate editor.


Read: Same Call, Different Men

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By Mary L. Gautier et al.  (Liturgical Press, 2012)

Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009.


Read: A Different Kind of Cell

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By W. Paul Jones (Eerdmans, 2011)

“Everyone in prison is innocent, and every prisoner claims to be a new person.” This dismissive one-liner was told by a parole officer to Paul Jones and reflects a common sentiment of resignation in the face of our country’s rapidly expanding prison population. A Different Kind of Cell: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk challenges many popular presumptions about the possibility of true reform and the value of every human life.


USC Book Club: Psalm-Shaped Prayerfulness

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August 2012:

Psalm-Shaped Prayerfulness: A Guide to the Christian Reception of the Psalms

By Margaret Daly-Denton

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How terribly strange to be 70

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Even in their autumn years, Baby Boomers discover that old dogs can learn new tricks.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

—Dylan Thomas


Watch: The second season of Treme, DVD

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Created by David Simon (HBO Entertainment, 2012)

David Simon, whose HBO series The Wire was the best cinematic novel ever produced for television, has completed the second chapter of his dark, complex, and engrossing tale about survival and recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans, and it has been worth the wait.


Read: Lift Up Your Hearts by Douglas W. Kmiec

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Douglas W. Kmiec, author of the new book Lift Up Your Hearts, is a famous constitutional scholar, former dean of the Catholic University law school, chaired professor at Pepperdine law school, and former U.S. ambassador to Malta.


Watch: Bernie

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Directed by Richard Linklater (Millennium Entertainment, 2012)

At the end of Annie Hall Woody Allen tells a joke about a guy whose brother thinks he is a chicken, but the fellow doesn’t want his sibling hospitalized because he needs the eggs. Allen, who believes that need, not love, is the glue of most relationships, would enjoy Richard Linklater’s darkly comic true crime story of loneliness and murder in a tiny East Texas town.


Listen: Rappalachia by Gangstagrass

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Just what the title and artist name suggest, Rappalachia by Gangstagrass is a fusion of rap rhythm tracks and old-time mountain music instrumentation and melodies. And it really, really works.


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