Reviews

Authoritative journey through history of science and philosophy

By NZ Catholic contributor | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

“On Trial for Reason: Science, Religion and Culture in the Galileo Affair” by Maurice A. Finocchiaro. Oxford University Press (New York, 2019). 304 pp., $32.95. Reviewed by NANCY ROBERTS (CNS)  Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) is the Italian astronomer, physicist, mathematician and engineer almost universally known as the father of modern science. He also is … Read More about Authoritative journey through history of science and philosophy

Bollywood steps up

By Nevil Gibson | September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hollywood’s studio system was declared dead in the past month. It was the end of an era in which big budget movies were released solely to paying audiences in cinemas.  Famous studios names such as MGM, Fox, Warner, Paramount, Columbia and Universal may live on in various forms, but their business models will not.  The last to go were Paramount … Read More about Bollywood steps up

Festival hits recurring notes

By Nevil Gibson | September 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The annual bounty from the New Zealand International Film Festival contained some recurring themes. This year’s offering followed overseas trends of going online because of cinema closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.   However, New Zealand’s cinemas are now open, and a small selection of entries hit the big screen. Habits gained through … Read More about Festival hits recurring notes

A compassionate approach to the question of assisted dying

By Rowena Orejana | August 5, 2020 | 1 Comment

THE FINAL CHOICE — End of life suffering: Is assisted dying the answer?, by Caralise Trayes (Capture & Tell Media, 2020) 276pp, $29.99. Reviewed by PAT McCARTHY. What happens when an enquiring Kiwi journalist seeks the truth about the End of Life Choice Act that the country will vote on … Read More about A compassionate approach to the question of assisted dying

Greece and greed

By Nevil Gibson | July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Long-term relationships between filmmakers and actors usually indicate mutually rewarding rapport. The empathy between director Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan has resulted in a laid-back travelogue series over the past 10 years and a handful of offbeat movies. Winterbottom is one of Britain’s most productive film-makers – 30 feature films and … Read More about Greece and greed

A black-and-white view of what it means to be Catholic

By Catholic News Service | July 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I’m Catholic. Now What?” by Shaun McAfee. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Indiana, 2019). 335 pp., US$19.95. “What to Say and How to Say It: Discuss Your Catholic Faith With Clarity and Confidence” by Brandon Vogt. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2020). 235 pp., US$16.95. Reviewed by MITCH FINLEY (CNS) … Read More about A black-and-white view of what it means to be Catholic