September 1, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Leap!NEW YORK. Ballet enthusiasts of all ages should jump at the chance to see the charming animated film “Leap!” (PG, Weinstein). Set in 1880s France, and originally entitled “Ballerina,” this French-Canadian movie, produced by L’Atelier Animation and directed with brio by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, is a visual wonder.
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August 3, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: War for the Planet of the ApesNEW YORK. Monkey business turns deadly serious in “War for the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13, Fox), the climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994).
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July 7, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Baby Driver

NEW YORK. Stylish and energetic, the high-octane crime drama “Baby Driver” (R, TriStar) blends pop music, dizzying car chases and some dark humor to impressive effect.

While the film’s basic values are sound, however, late plot developments involve a quantity of bloodletting that will seem excessive to many moviegoers.


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June 16, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Wonder WomanNEW 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
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesNEW 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
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2NEW 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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May 4, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The PromiseNEW YORK. The relatively little-known genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago is brought into sharp focus by “The Promise” (PG-13, Open Road).
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April 7, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Beauty and the BeastNEW YORK. Disney’s live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters amid a swirl of controversy over the updating of one of its characters into an openly gay man.
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March 17, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Kong: Skull IslandNEW 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
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The Great WallNEW 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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February 17, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: LionNEW YORK. The incredible true story of one orphan’s 20-year odyssey to find his way back home roars to cinematic life in “Lion” (Weinstein).
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February 3, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The FounderNEW YORK. In chronicling the early history of McDonald’s, “The Founder” (PG-13, Weinstein) makes compelling food for thought, if not exactly a happy meal.
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January 20, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Hidden FiguresThe 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
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: BelieveNEW 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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