Movies
Updated: May 1st, 2015
Be cautious of ’Avengers: Age of Ultron’
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 01 May 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—The seemingly ever-expanding media universe centered on Marvel Comics spawns yet another property with the arrival of the so-so sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Disney). Occasional flashes of wit relieve the endless succession of explosive special effects in writer-director Joss W...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 24 April 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Religious values and a gentle sensibility pervade the family-friendly drama "Little Boy" (Open Road). Yet, while suitable for a wide audience, director Alejandro Monteverde's good-hearted, nostalgic parable, set in 1940s coastal Cal...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 17 April 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—The so-called "last prisoners of World War II" await justice and release in "Woman in Gold" (Weinstein). The elegant lady of the title and three other captives profiled in director Simon Curtis' film aren't, in fact, human beings bu...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 03 April 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—In lieu of a movie ticket for the shoddy prison-themed comedy "Get Hard" (Warner Bros.), potential viewers should treat themselves to a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Like Mr. Monopoly joyfully springing the coop of his birdcage, they...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 20 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Teenagers are still on the run — when they're not too busy killing one other — in "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" (Summit), the follow-up to last year's kick-off of the futuristic franchise. Based on the second book of the tri...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 13 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—"Cinderella" (Disney) injects vibrant new life into a venerable fairy tale. The result is an exuberant live-action retelling of the oft-filmed fable, the most famous screen version of...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 06 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Based on its ingratiating surface, the comedy sequel "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) might be categorized as the sort of film that, while safest for adults, ...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 12 December 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Time was when the biblical extravaganza was a Hollywood staple. In fact, from the silent era through the mid-1960s, it seemed a safe bet that selected slices of the best-selling volu...
KURT JENSEN, Catholic News Servic
Friday, 05 December 2014
 NEW YORK (CNS)-Cosmology and metaphysics, both challenging enough as academic topics, don't blend well into an autobiographical film. That's the lesson of "The Theory of Everything" (Focus). Wi...
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 so...