Chris Byrd frequently reviews books, films and TV shows for Catholic publications.

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Showtime's 'American Rust' might puzzle fans of the original novel

Showtime's "American Rust" is a slowly unfolding crime drama driven by strong characters and multiple points of view. It is set in the fictitious town of Buell in Southwest Pennsylvania, where the 1987 closure of the local steel mill looms large in the destiny of the community and its residents. 

Book Review

Despite its flaws, biography adds to our understanding of Malcolm X

Book review: Thirty years in the making, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X was a labor of love for investigative journalist Les Payne and his daughter Tamara, who finished the book after his death.

'Chicago 7' film about iconic '60s trial disappoints

Film Review: In any historical drama, screenwriters typically take some liberties. But Aaron Sorkin's egregious omissions and what he gets wrong fundamentally mar the new film "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

New documentary explores the 'Good Trouble' instigated by the late John Lewis

Film review: Director Dawn Porter creates a memorable, if incomplete, picture of the voting rights advocate known as the "conscience of Congress."