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One book offers exhaustive study of rosary, another adds mysteries
January 17, 2017

At 351 pages -- not including various appendices and reference sections in the back of the book -- "Champions of the Rosary" is easily the most exhaustive study of the devotional prayer known as "the rosary" that this reviewer has ever seen.

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Patriots Day
Patriots Day
January 13, 2017
Live by Night
Live by Night
January 13, 2017
The glossy crime drama "Live by Night" (Warner Bros.) traces the rise of Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck, who also wrote and directed), a Boston-bred gangster in the Florida of the 1920s and '30s. Though not exactly a hoodlum with a heart of gold, Coughlin is presented as a sympathetic figure in Affleck's serious-minded adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling novel.
 
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Monster Trucks
Monster Trucks
January 13, 2017
The action comedy "Monster Trucks" (Paramount) certainly lives up to its title. It has strange creatures mysteriously propelling utilitarian vehicles in the absence of an internal combustion engine. It also sees to it that some bad guys meet justice, as you might expect.
 
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Video releases for Jan. 11, 2017
January 11, 2017
A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls
January 6, 2017
The first thing to know about "A Monster Calls" (Focus) is that, although it's based on a children's novel, it's definitely not for kids.
 
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Underworld: Blood Wars
Underworld: Blood Wars
January 6, 2017

The sanguinary subtitle of the action-horror sequel "Underworld: Blood Wars" (Screen Gems) proves unpleasantly appropriate as the amount of butchery on screen eventually goes off the charts. By the time the film's protagonist, in a climactic scene, uses her bare hands to rip the entire spine out of the back of one of her adversaries, the suitable audience for all of this slaughter has dwindled to nil.

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Dancer finds ballet often transcends words, just like her faith
Dancer finds ballet often transcends words, just like her faith
January 6, 2017

A burst of power from her legs carries Katherine Monogue across the dance floor while her arms become a blur of precise movements.

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