July 6, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

NEW YORK. Apparently, it’s time to check in again with everybody’s favorite prehistoric era, because here comes “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (PG-13, Universal).

Director J.A. Bayona’s follow-up to the 2015 reboot of the hugely successful franchise ratchets up the mayhem and adds a bit more gore but keeps the on-again, off-again central romance refreshingly innocent.


 
June 15, 2018  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Incredibles 2NEW YORK. The first family of superheroes returns in “Incredibles 2” (PG, Disney), the highly anticipated sequel to a much-loved 2004 animated film.
 
June 1, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars StoryNEW YORK. Before he grew up to be Harrison Ford, intergalactic freebooter Han Solo was Alden Ehrenreich — or so at least the folks behind “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13, Disney), the pleasing but insubstantial latest addition to the blockbuster franchise, would have you believe.
 
May 18, 2018  |  By DEACON PATRICK JONES
Editor’s note: Below is the fourth and final installment of “Ecsodus Vision,” a novella by Deacon Patrick Jones in which he explores how the modern world might be different if Martin Luther had remained in the Catholic Church. The complete novella is available in e-book format at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C7LJN15/.


Rescue nuns? In space? How cool!” Simon’s voice filtered through Ida’s delirium. He had the enthusiasm of a five-year-old boy, as if he were playing with his action figures in the sandbox out back.


 
May 4, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Infinity WarNEW YORK. Strong pro-life values are embedded in the towering, richly complex Marvel Comics-based adventure “Avengers: Infinity War” (PG-13, Disney). While this often-dazzling, sometimes-dizzying epic is safest for grown-ups, its positive moral lessons may lead at least some parents to deem it acceptable for older teens as well.
 
April 20, 2018  |  By DEACON PATRICK JONES

(Editor’s note: This issue of the Herald features a third installment of “Ecsodus Vision,” a novella by Deacon Patrick Jones. The complete book is available in e-book format at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C7LJN15/.)

Simon looked at JJ, “Could you tell us what St. Martin Luther did to heal East and West and correct the errors of Rome?”

JJ nodded to Auggie. “You want to field this one?”

Auggie eagerly smiled at the opportunity to contribute. “Yes, please! Thank you, John Joseph.”


 
April 20, 2018  |  By KURT JENSEN
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: A Quiet Place

NEW YORK. The compact, stylish horror film “A Quiet Place” (PG-13, Paramount) might be a parable about resisting tyranny.

Taken strictly on its surface, it’s a story about how strong, trusting family ties can overcome any obstacle — especially if the members of the clan in question are as technically adept as TV’s MacGyver.


 
March 17, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: A Wrinkle in Time

NEW YORK. Director Ava DuVernay’s youth-oriented fantasy film “A Wrinkle in Time” (PG, Disney) wants to blow your mind.

Whether it succeeds will largely depend on your reaction to the sight of a giant version of Oprah Winfrey who, as a celestial guide called Mrs. Which, dispenses New Age-style bromides while dressed in an outfit suitable for a Valkyrie and sporting a makeup job the late female impersonator Divine might have found a bit garish.


 
March 17, 2018  |  By DEACON PATRICK JONES
Ecsodus Vision: Modesty(Editor’s Note: Continuing once a month for the next several months, the Herald is featuring excerpts from “Ecsodus Vision,” a novella by Deacon Patrick Jones.  Below is Chapter 11 of the novella. To read Chapters 1-11 in their entirety, visit www.apubz.com/pubz/CCH/Ecsodus/index.html 
 
March 2, 2018  |  By MARK PATTISON, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Paul, Apostle of Christ

WASHINGTON. Every story has a message within. So does every movie — and every biblically based movie as well.

With the new movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” Eric Groth, one of the film’s executive producers, said, “It was real important to tell the story of God’s mercy.”


 
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