Movies
Updated: July 3rd, 2015
‘Vacation’ reboot needs to get the boot
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 31 July 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—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. This wretched revival of the franchise that began with 1983's "...
JOHN P. McCARTHY, Catholic News Service
Friday, 24 July 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—In the visceral boxing drama "Southpaw" (Weinstein), a seasoned trainer tries to convince a broken-down fighter that boxing is more mental than physical. A successful practitioner of "the sweet science" must use his head and strateg...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 17 July 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Better think twice before squashing that insect invader at your summer picnic — it could be "Ant-Man" (Disney), the diminutive superhero of the Marvel Comics universe. Shrunk to bug size by means of a special suit, Ant-Man, a.k.a....
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 10 July 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Fillet it how you will, "Minions" (Universal) is a rare treat. This bright 3-D animated comedy traces the history of the yellow, capsule-shaped creatures whose endearing presence in the background contributed to the success of both ...
JOHN MULDERIG Catholic News Service
Friday, 03 July 2015
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Any movie plot that hangs on the ability of an adult character to journey into the past to give vital advice to himself as a child is bound to register as somewhat convoluted. Add to that the further wrinkle that the film in questi...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 26 June 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Following in the esteemed paw prints of Rin Tin Tin and Lassie comes "Max" (Warner Bros.), a heroic canine on a mission to vanquish evil while mending a broken family. Sprung from th...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 05 June 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Though elements of language and subject matter put "Insidious: Chapter 3" (Gramercy) beyond the appropriate reach of a youthful audience, mature moviegoers will find comparatively lit...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 29 May 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—"Shake, Rattle, and Roll" would be the ideal theme song for "San Andreas" (Warner Bros.), an eye-popping, ear-splitting 3-D chronicle of a California earthquake. Yes, it's time for t...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 22 May 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Against all expectations, Walt Disney took a theme park ride, "Pirates of the Caribbean," and turned it into a blockbuster film franchise. Now the studio has similar hopes for an ent...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 15 May 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—A brutal assault on all the senses is the best way to describe "Mad Max: Fury Road" (Warner Bros). Essentially a video game on steroids, with a minimalist script that could fit on a ...