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.


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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 
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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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February 21, 2018  |  By DEACON PATRICK JONES
Ecsodus Vision: God, Cowardice, Courage and Humility

(Editor’s Note: Starting in this issue and continuing once a month for the next several months, the Herald will feature excerpts from “Ecsodus Vision,” a novella by Deacon Patrick Jones.  Below is Chapter 5 of the novella. To read Chapters 1-6 in their entirety, visit www.apubz.com/pubz/CCH/Ecsodus/index.html )


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February 16, 2018  |  By JOSEPH McALEER
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Peter RabbitNEW YORK. That rustling sound you hear is famed children’s author Beatrix Potter spinning in her grave, distressed at what has been done to her beloved characters in “Peter Rabbit” (PG, Columbia).
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February 2, 2018  |  By KURT JENSEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: 12 StrongNEW YORK. True military adventures don’t come any more rousing than “12 Strong” (R, Warner Bros.), the story of a tiny Special Forces unit that won a significant early victory against both the Taliban and al-Qaida in the weeks after 9/11.
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January 19, 2018  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The Greatest Showman

NEW YORK. The life of pop entertainment pioneer P.T. Barnum provides the subject matter for the big, brash musical “The Greatest Showman” (PG, Fox).

Ironically, the film arrived in theaters almost seven months to the day after the demise of the 19th-century impresario’s most lasting legacy, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.


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December 15, 2017  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The Man Who Invented Christmas

NEW YORK. Its rather ill-chosen title notwithstanding, “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (PG, Bleecker Street) involves no denial of the Nativity.

Instead, this charming fact-based historical drama tells the origin story of Victorian author Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol.”


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December 1, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The StarNEW YORK. A holiday treat suitable for all but the tiniest, “The Star” (Sony) is a delightful animated version of the Christmas story told from the perspective of some of the animals present in the manger.
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November 17, 2017  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Novitiate

NEW YORK. Writer-director Margaret Betts takes a stab at a genre that always seems to fascinate people, even those with no religious affiliation: nun movies.

Unfortunately, “Novitiate” (R, Sony Classics) falls short of presenting a well-rounded picture of what it is — or, in this case, was — like for a young woman to enter religious life and discern whether it’s right for her.


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November 3, 2017  |  By KURT JENSEN
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Same Kind of Different as MeNEW YORK. Viewers committed to scriptural values will be inclined to cut the good-hearted but uneven drama “Same Kind of Different as Me” (Paramount) some slack.
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November 3, 2017  |  By DEACON PATRICK JONES
The shepherdess trembled with a mixture of elation and fear as she recognized the familiar figure approaching over the rise.
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October 20, 2017  |  By KURT JENSEN
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Blade RunnerNEW YORK. Misogyny hangs over “Blade Runner 2049” (R, Warner Bros.) as blithely as the thick yellow fog of the post-apocalyptic Los Angeles it portrays.
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October 9, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: American MadeNEW YORK. “American Made” (R, Universal), the wild, fact-based story of airline pilot-turned-gun-runner Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), is far too turbulent for youngsters and even too bumpy for most of their elders.
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September 16, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: All SaintsNEW YORK. Sincere but less than slick, the low-key, fact-based drama “All Saints” (PG, Sony) celebrates Christian faith and family life. Believers, accordingly, will likely be inclined to overlook its artistic shortcomings.
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