Movies
Updated: December 12th, 2014
Wholesome values reign in ‘McFarland, USA’
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 27 February 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Kevin Costner turns in a restrained yet compelling performance as the central figure in the fact-based sports drama "McFarland, USA" (Disney). As for the story unfolding around him, faith- and family-friendly values — together with the absence of any genuinely problematic element...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 20 February 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Heeding neither logic nor taste, "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (Paramount) is as glaringly stupid as it is vile. The inane proceedings of director Steve Pink's follow-up to his 2010 original find crass business tycoon Lou (Rob Corddry), ...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 13 February 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—"Lifestyles of the Rich and Perverse" might be a more fitting title for the unusually explicit bedroom drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Universal). Director Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of the first volume in a trilogy of novels by ...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 06 February 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—With the arrival of the genial sequel "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" (Paramount), self-proclaimed "nautical nonsense" is once again the order of the day. As for the suitable audience for this fast-paced exercise in silli...
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). 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...
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...