JOHN MULDERIG

Staff Member, Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
June 16, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK.  Close to eight decades ago, William Moulton Marston — whose name seems more suited to a stodgy novelist than a writer of comic books — created Wonder Woman. In the years since, the character has, of course, become a staple for DC Comics.
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June 2, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK.  Iconic and eccentric buccaneer Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) hoists the black flag for a fifth time in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (PG-13, Disney). The result is a flashy but ultimately unsatisfying journey for the theme park ride-based franchise that first set sail in 2003.
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May 19, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups.
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March 17, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK. With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread -- an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience — “Kong: Skull Island” (PG-13, Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie. 
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March 3, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. Those seeking nothing more from a movie than sheer spectacle may be satisfied with director Zhang Yimou’s visually interesting but thoroughly implausible action adventure “The Great Wall” (PG-13, Universal).
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January 20, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama “Hidden Figures” (PG, Fox 2000). Along with a personalized insight into the injustices that still prevailed in American society in the early 1960s, director Theodore Melfi’s adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book — which centers on three extraordinarily gifted mathematicians working for NASA — successfully re-creates the tension of the Cold War space race.
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December 16, 2016  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK. Evangelical Christian faith hovers in the background of the holiday-themed drama “Believe” (PG, Freestyle). Though not as rose-colored in its outlook as some religiously-inspired projects, the movie — which is suitable for most age groups — lacks polish.
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November 4, 2016  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK. While not exactly hellish, “Inferno” (PG-13, Columbia), director Ron Howard’s screen version of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel, does produce some of the purgatorial tedium of sitting around in a dentist’s waiting room or standing at a bus stop.
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May 26, 2016  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK. Newcomers to the Marvel Comics universe may find themselves bewildered by the turbulent adventure "Captain America: Civil War" (PG-13, Disney).
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