Directed by Steven Spielberg (DreamWorks, 2012)
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous figures in American history and one of its most universally beloved presidents. Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated film Lincoln brings the icon to life, managing to paint a positive portrait with a relatively tolerable amount of romanticism.
Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath, 2012)
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By André Vauchez (Yale Press, 2012)
Francis the ecologist, Francis the stigmatic, Francis the peace activist, Francis the crusader. With so many Francis of Assisis, anyone can pick a favorite. In Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint, André Vauchez argues that previous attempts to find the “real” Francis often begin with a version of the saint in mind and then go hunting for evidence to prove that version correct. Unfortunately, the result is not a man or even a saint, but a one-dimensional figure existing outside of history.
Mumford & Sons (Luna Park Records, 2011)
Directed by Ben Affleck (Warner Brothers, 2012)
Films based on true events face the dual challenge of making real life captivating on the big screen and of keeping a story engaging for an audience that likely already knows the ending. Director and star Ben Affleck’s Argo successfully does both, as the film takes a few necessary liberties with historical details in order to create a movie that is suspenseful to the very end.
U.S. Catholic readers’ favorite books are tattered and torn with love.
Booksmart. Urbandictionary.com defines it as "1. A very smart person who bases his or her arguments on facts from books. 2. To have brains."