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June 3, 2022  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. It’s been three long years since Maggie Smith’s tart-tongued matriarch, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, got off one of her memorable zingers. So it must be time for “Downton Abbey: A New Era” (PG, Focus).


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May 20, 2022  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The award for the most appropriate film title of 2022 goes to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (PG-13, Disney). Truly, this is a maddening, multidimensional, decidedly strange, yet typically “Marvel”-ous movie based on the comic book series.


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May 20, 2022  |  By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, encouraged men and women in the military to download a new app designed to connect them to the Catholic faith and provide the consolation of prayer in times of war and uncertainty


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May 6, 2022  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has proved to be a mine of prodigious riches for its creator, J.K. Rowling.

Yet, while tales focusing directly on its most famous alumnus, Harry Potter, have mostly been genuinely golden, other sagas arising from the academy have sometimes turned out to be mere flashes of pyrite.


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April 15, 2022  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG

NEW YORK. Positive priest characters are certainly a rarity in contemporary films. So Catholics will welcome the uplifting fact-based biography “Father Stu” (R, Columbia).

While deeply moving, however, this dramatization of the life of Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) is also hard-edged, particularly in terms of its dialogue.


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March 18, 2022  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG

NEW YORK. Viewers will find themselves thoroughly absorbed by “The Batman” (PG-13, Warner Bros.). Director and co-writer Matt Reeves’ reboot of the DC Comics-based franchise is a darkly powerful affair, and its script — penned with Peter Craig — plays with the interesting question whether the iconic crimefighter of the title is, in fact, a hero.


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March 4, 2022  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. In 2017, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin were among the executive producers of the HBO documentary “War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend.”

The film explored the U.S. military’s post-9/11 deployment of canines trained for use in special operations as well as the deep affection that often developed between these animals and their human partners.


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February 18, 2022  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. In 2017, Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in a generally satisfying adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Hercule Poirot mystery “Murder on the Orient Express.” Now, he reprises both roles as the precision-loving Belgian detective encounters “Death on the Nile” (PG-13, 20th Century).


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February 4, 2022  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (PG, Amazon) — the fourth installment in the animated franchise, primarily populated by iconic figures from classic horror films, that kicked off in 2012 — conceals no threatening fangs.

In fact, it suffers from the opposite problem; it lacks bite.


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December 17, 2021  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG

NEW YORK. What do you get when you combine composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, playwright Arthur Laurents and choreographer Jerome Robbins, then throw director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner into the mix?

You get “West Side Story” (PG-13, 20th Century), the splendid second film version of the classic 1957 Broadway musical.


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December 3, 2021  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Will viewers be charmed by “Encanto” (PG, Disney)? For the most part, the answer is probably yes, though this vivacious animated musical does include content that could be of concern for the parents of impressionable kids.


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November 5, 2021  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis to head the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota.

He has been an auxiliary bishop for the Minnesota archdiocese since 2013. A native of Denver, he was ordained a priest for St. Paul and Minneapolis in in 1997.


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October 1, 2021  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG

NEW YORK. Honesty, we’re assured, is the best policy. For an object lesson in just how badly awry even a well-meaning ruse may go, viewers can consult the earnest musical drama “Dear Evan Hansen” (PG-13, Universal).


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September 17, 2021  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Sprightly wit paces the elegant martial-arts showdowns in director and co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton’s Marvel Comics-derived adventure “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (PG-13, Disney).

A treat for grown-ups, the film is too laden with extra-biblical ideas to be recommended for impressionable moviegoers. As for older teens, they’ll likely shrug off its overly-elaborate mythos as so much window dressing.


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September 3, 2021  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Since premiering on Nickelodeon in 2013, the Canadian-produced cartoon series “PAW Patrol” has succeeded in gluing the eyes of many a tot to their TV or computer screens.

With the arrival of “PAW Patrol: The Movie” (Paramount), the titular rescue crew of pups bring their adventures to a multiplex near you. The result is a breezy, tenderhearted film suitable for all.


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