Movies
Updated: December 12th, 2014
‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is big, but boring
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 like "Ben-Hur" — translated to the screen on a la...
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...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 21 November 2014
NEW YORK (CNS)—Positive values, including altruism, are highlighted in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" (Lionsgate). Together with the absence from the film of most problematic content — a good deal of stylized combat aside — those uprig...
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...
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...