The dog days of summer may inspire the urge to get away from it all. Wise moviegoers, however, will not seek their relief in "Vacation" (Warner Bros.), a dog of a comedy that happily rolls around in all manner of muck.
Each chapter highlights a particular month's religious themes, traditions, feasts and special saints and offers unique gardening lore such as creating a home garden with the theme of the Stations of the Cross.
With a deeper understanding of Church social doctrine and the willful act of putting away our useless pride, we can cease being Republicans or Democrats first and cease looking at the world only through a nationalistic lens.
That's the overarching theme of "Faith of Our Fathers" — laying down a life for a friend — is well-intentioned but presents an awkwardly uneven account of Christianity's impact on two generations of families.