US Catholic Faith in Real Life

'5 Flights Up' paints a compelling picture of long-term relationships

By Molly Jo Rose |
Article Culture
For fans of The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman’s narration of 5 Flights Up is disconcerting. In both films, Freeman reflects on the past 40 years while facing uncertainty in the years to come. Instead of a character about to leave prison, however, 5 Flights Up focuses on aging married couple Alex (Freeman) and Ruth (Diane Keaton), who are deciding if they want to leave their now-coveted Brooklyn apartment that is five flights up with no elevator.

Lord Huron transports listeners into strange unknown with 'Strange Trails'

By Sarah Butler |
Article Your Faith
You’ve probably never heard of prolific Western adventure novelist George Ranger Johnson. That’s only, however, because Lord Huron frontman Ben Schneider made him up (complete with an author website). Johnson’s novels were, according to Schneider, the inspiration for his Michigan-turned-Los Angeles band’s 2012 debut album, Lonesome Dreams.

William O'Malley teaches gratitude in 'You'll Never Be Younger'

By Ed Block |
Article Your Faith
For those who don’t know him, William J. O’Malley is an 82-year-old Jesuit. He played Father Joe Dyer in the 1973 movie The Exorcist, taught for almost 50 years at Fordham Prep, and published almost 40 books, including The Pursuit of Happiness (Thomas More) and Daily Prayers for Busy People (Liguori). 

Documentary ‘Fed Up' calls for an overhaul of the American diet

By Danny Duncan Collum |
Article Culture
Directed by Stephanie Soechtig (Atlas Films, 2014)

Here are two telling facts from Fed Up, a documentary on American childhood obesity now on DVD: 1. Eighty percent of packaged foods in your local supermarket have added sugar. 2. In a university study, 40 out of 43 cocaine-addicted lab rats preferred sugar water over cocaine. Add that to an animated sequence showing the inside of a child’s body processing 160 calories of almonds versus 160 calories of soda, and you get the picture.

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella’ sparkles a bit too much

By Molly Jo Rose |
Article Culture
Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Walt Disney Studios, 2015)

There’s something great about 5-year-old boys. They are so unformed, and yet, their opinions are made of the stuff of ball bearings. Take my son, for instance. He will not wear plaid, eat hot dogs, or play with "dumb girl stuff." Dumbgirlstuff should be all one word as those words always fall quickly upon each other.