April 5, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Unplanned

NEW YORK. The hard-hitting, fact-based drama “Unplanned” (R, Pure Flix) dares its viewers to confront the reality of what happens when a baby is aborted.

That’s an effective strategy on the part of co-writers and directors Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, not least because the peculiar institution of our day thrives on  concealment, muddled thinking and Orwellian euphemisms. But it also means that this emotionally unsparing film is not for the casual moviegoer of any age.


 
March 15, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Captain MarvelNEW YORK. Wit, positive messages and lavish production values buoy the origin story “Captain Marvel” (PG-13, Disney). While some of the mythos in this adaptation of various strands of Marvel Comics lore, as well as other considerations, make it unsuitable for kids, the film is tame enough to be possibly acceptable for mature teens.
 
March 1, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldNEW YORK. In his 1922 book “What I Saw in America,” the great Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton reflects on how beautiful New York’s Times Square would be for someone who couldn’t read. Similarly, the animated adventure “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (PG, Universal) would benefit from being shown without sound.
 
March 1, 2019  |  
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
 
February 1, 2019  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The Kid Who Would Be KingNEW YORK. The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in “The Kid Who Would Be King” (PG, Fox), a thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world.
 
January 18, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Mary Poppins ReturnsNEW YORK. It has taken more than half a century, but at long last “Mary Poppins Returns” (PG, Disney). The result is a delightful sequel to the 1964 classic that will divert all but the youngest and most skittish members of the family.
 
December 7, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldNEW YORK. For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13, Warner Bros.) is sharper and more engaging, though defects remain.The sequel is suitable for a wide audience since the mayhem is free of gore and the basic values congruent with scriptural ones. At least for those paying careful attention, however, a single line of dialogue may raise parental concerns.
 
November 16, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsNEW YORK. German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has proven a remarkably rich bit of source material since its initial publication in 1816.
 
November 2, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: IndivisibleNEW YORK. “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” So Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is supposed to have remarked while witnessing the magnificent panoply of massing troops at the onset of the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862.
The earnest, fact-based drama “Indivisible” (PG-13, Pure Flix) concentrates on the negative side of Lee’s observation, showing the toll a much more recent conflict exacted on the life of Protestant Army chaplain Darren Turner (Justin Bruening).

 
October 19, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial KillerNEW YORK. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” (GVN) is a powerful dramatization of the Philadelphia police investigation and state prosecution that finally ended the infamous, decades-long career of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
 
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