Movies
Updated: April 3rd, 2015
‘Woman in Gold’ offers valuable history lessons
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 17 April 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—The so-called "last prisoners of World War II" await justice and release in "Woman in Gold" (Weinstein). The elegant lady of the title and three other captives profiled in director Simon Curtis' film aren't, in fact, human beings but exquisite paintings by the Austrian artist Gusta...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 03 April 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—In lieu of a movie ticket for the shoddy prison-themed comedy "Get Hard" (Warner Bros.), potential viewers should treat themselves to a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Like Mr. Monopoly joyfully springing the coop of his birdcage, they...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 27 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Despite its title, the competent ensemble drama "Do You Believe?" (Pure Flix) is not a film well calculated to invite the attention of the inquisitive, still less to convert the doubtful. Instead, the primary effect of this latest o...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 20 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Teenagers are still on the run — when they're not too busy killing one other — in "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" (Summit), the follow-up to last year's kick-off of the futuristic franchise. Based on the second book of the tri...
JOSEPH McALEER, Catholic News Service
Friday, 13 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—"Cinderella" (Disney) injects vibrant new life into a venerable fairy tale. The result is an exuberant live-action retelling of the oft-filmed fable, the most famous screen version of which is Disney's classic 1950 animated feature. ...
JOHN MULDERIG, Catholic News Service
Friday, 06 March 2015
NEW YORK (CNS)—Based on its ingratiating surface, the comedy sequel "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) might be categorized as the sort of film that, while safest for adults, ...
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 volu...
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...