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.”

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.
November 17, 2017  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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