Full disclosure about The Circle: It pushes too far

If you faithfully keep up with your social media account(s), you may sit there nodding up and down at some or many moments in The Circle. Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Instagram connections, sure the sheer weight of keeping up with your virtual world in real life can make your eyes dance in your head. In…

When A Monster Calls, the kid has to answer it

Some things in Conor O’Malley’s life are all too real. The 10-year-old has to deal with bullies and unpopularity at school. Worse yet, at home his father isn’t around, splitting from their decidedly British digs to move to sunnier skies in L.A. Even topping this, his beloved mother is sick, battling an illness that keeps…

The emotional roar of Lion stretches long

Oh, what happened to 5-year-old Saroo. He’s already living a tough life in India, trying to please his wily older brother Guddu and in turn their hard-working mother, navigating the dusty streets and mean markets to bring home a few coins and maybe a couple slim bags of milk to fill cups from them and…

The Shack brings you to places you can only imagine

Mack had things good in life. Lovely and loving wife. Three smart and connected children. A robust family dynamic that included curious talk and practice of faith that strayed just enough from the center to keep him involved and interested. And then came that fateful camping trip out to the woods. There are a lot…