Movies
Updated: January 2nd, 2015
‘Black or White’ examines race, addiction issues
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 30 January 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Large-scale issues of race and addiction are examined in microcosm in writer-director Mike Binder's fact-based drama "Black or White" (Relativity). Though its avoidance of stereotypes and easy answers is admirable, the film provides only modest entertainment for those grown-up view...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 23 January 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—As a vehicle for its star, Jennifer Lopez, "The Boy Next Door" (Universal) is basically a garbage truck. Although it succeeds in parading her flesh — and that of her male counterpart, "Step Up"-series veteran Ryan Guzman — direc...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 02 January 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Positive values permeate the inspirational fact-based drama "Unbroken" (Universal). Despite its admirable qualities, however, the film also represents something of a missed opportunity. That's because, in bringing Laura Hillenbrand'...
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 volume of all time — or fictional spinoffs from it l...
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). With a script by Andrew McCarten - based on the memo...
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...
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...
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...