Movies
Updated: January 29th, 2016
No redeeming qualities found in ’Zoolander 2’
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 12 February 2016
NEW YORK (CNS)—Some four decades ago, Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd appeared on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as the Festrunk brothers, two self-billed "wild and crazy guys." Flamboyant in dress and as dim as a pair of 40-watt bulbs, these memorable characters successfully diverted viewers for a...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 05 February 2016
NEW YORK (CNS)—The remarkable true story of the most daring small boat rescue mission in Coast Guard history comes to the big screen in "The Finest Hours" (Disney). In February 1952, a powerful Nor'easter struck the Massachusetts coast, pummel...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 29 January 2016
NEW YORK (CNS)—“The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." These words from poet John Milton's 17th-century epic "Paradise Lost" capture at least one theme of the poignant, multifaceted drama "R...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 22 January 2016
NEW YORK (CNS)—A wisecracking polar bear ventures south to save his home environment from destruction in "Norm of the North" (Lionsgate). Though suitable for all ages, this animated comedy is unlikely to make much of an impression — eith...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 15 January 2016
NEW YORK (CNS)—If your idea of entertainment is watching Leonardo DiCaprio gorge on the raw liver of a freshly killed buffalo, then "The Revenant" (Fox) is for you. This wilderness survival drama, directed and co-written by Alejandro Inarritu ...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 30 October 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—An unstable mix of cynicism and simplistic idealism corrodes the entertainment value of director David Gordon Green's loosely fact-based political comedy, "Our Brand Is Crisis" (Warner Bros.). As for the film's appropriate audience,...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 23 October 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—As the lively profile of a wildly successful uber-geek, "Steve Jobs" (Universal) is likely to appeal to many a youthful tech fan. Parents should be aware, however, that this is a morally complex life story — the computer pioneer a...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—As ideas for Halloween-themed movies go, a big-screen version of the blockbuster children's book series "Goosebumps" (Columbia) is better than many. Not only do author R.L. Stine's numerous volumes have what might conservatively be c...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 18 September 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—The forecast is bleak in "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" (Fox). This adaptation of the second novel in James Dashner's sci-fi trilogy about teens running for their lives in a post-ap...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 04 September 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Buddies hit the trail — rather than the road — in the scenic fact-based comedy "A Walk in the Woods" (Broad Green). But the footsteps of director Ken Kwapis' adaptation of Bill Br...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 28 August 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Several scenes in the tepid, noncommittal drama "We Are Your Friends" are set around a drained backyard swimming pool in which only a small puddle of polluted water remains. It's an a...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 21 August 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—The proper limits of free speech and the appropriate use of violence are just two of the topics raised in the striking but gritty dramatization “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 14 August 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Another cultural landmark of the baby-boomer generation returns to the foreground with the arrival of the breezy espionage yarn "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (Warner Bros.). The droll hu...