Movies
Updated: May 4th, 2012
‘The Book of Life’ offers solid family values
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 17 October 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls' Day, Nov. 2, is the backdrop for "The Book of Life" (Fox), an entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film. Traditionally on this feast day, families visit cemeteries to place gift...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 10 October 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Considered in strictly cinematic terms, "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) constitutes an adequate but overextended drama that would have benefited from further editing. From a moral perspective, however, the inclusion of a seamy subplot, d...
KURT JENSEN, Catholic News Service
Friday, 03 October 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Demon-possessed dolls are a sturdy bunch. Take the googly-eyed star of "Annabelle" (Warner Bros.), who likes to interfere with anything electrical while plotting to steal a baby's soul for Satan, known in this film simply as "the Ra...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 26 September 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—If Charles Dickens collaborated with Dr. Seuss, he might have produced "The Boxtrolls" (Focus), a charmingly bizarre urban fable about rich and poor and things that go bump in the night. This 3-D adventure, featuring impressive stop...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 05 September 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Although they may be sociologically fascinating, in the cultural scheme of things, Elvis Presley impersonators are not widely deemed to occupy a particularly exalted position. Yet no one can deny the enduring appeal of an entertaine...
JOHN P. McCARTHY, Catholic News Service
Friday, 13 June 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Making excellent use of 3-D technology, the 2010 animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon" earned two Oscar nominations and a large payoff at the box office. Although it may seem...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 28 February 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—As the first wide-release film in nearly 50 years to focus on the life of Jesus as a whole, "Son of God" (Fox) represents an epochal event for believing moviegoers. Though not the mo...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 03 May 2013
NEW YORK (CNS)—Given that his first appearance in print dates back to 1963, the comics-based superhero of "Iron Man 3" (Disney) may be said to be turning 50 this year. Perhaps a midlife crisis is to...
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Saturday, 27 April 2013
“The Other Holy Land,” a documentary that explores historical Christian sites in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey, and the role the region played in the development of Christianity, is set to air o...
KURT JENSEN, Catholic News Service
Friday, 05 April 2013
NEW YORK (CNS)—The stereotyped characters and windup plot of "Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" (Lionsgate) put the stale in morality tale. Only Perry's most devoted fa...