Culture

For the aging and the ages, stories provide valuable insight

Spend any time with the aging and you will discover that one thing they have in common is personal stories.

Cancer-themed teen drama delves into love, death and tears

What's a film with a literate, sensible teenager doing in a theater like yours? "The Fault in Our Stars" allows for much weeping while deftly handling an untimely death by cancer. Praise the movie and pass the tissues.

Movie review: Ida

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The starkly beautiful minimalist masterpiece that is "Ida" (Music Box) adroitly navigates two horrific eras of Polish history as an aspiring nun discovers her true identity.

Movie review: Maleficent

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Even an iconic villainess may not be all bad.

‘Family Guy’ creator spoofs Westerns in latest film

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Coarse humor and a dragged-out story line unsaddle the new comedy by writer, director and star Seth Macfarlane in "A Million Ways to Die in the West."

Summertime, and the viewin’ is easy, as in undemanding

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Now that Memorial Day is in the rearview mirror, the TV industry is still looking for ways to lure viewers to the tube. Or the flat-screen, as it were.

Marvel’s ‘Family Business,’ starring: Spider-Man, secret agent?

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Parker. Peter Parker. Those words may not have quite the same ring as James Bond's characteristic self-introduction. And yet "Family Business," a graphic novel starring Parker's alter ego, the Amazing Spider-Man, is an enjoyable espionage thriller in which the familiar superhero manages to give not only 007 but Jason Bourne a run for his money.

A ‘Blended’ surprise: Family movie without gross-out gags

Adam Sandler stars in "Blended," a rare, sincere family film that deals well with children's problems maturely, and with fun. There's even an old-fashioned approach about sons needing fathers' lessons about toughness, and daughters needing a mother's compassionate understanding.

Latest ‘X-Men’ grapples with morals in the past, results in the future

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Time travel meets a gleefully loopy version of American history in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Fox). Surreal moments surround hyper-action sequences as the heroes travel to 1973, but some thoughtful moral commentary arises on whether it's wise to alter the path of history or accept destiny.

Elaborate story prods ‘Godzilla’ on to global mayhem

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Though Facebook may not remind you of the fact, "Godzilla" (Warner Bros.) has a birthday coming up. He'll turn 60 later this year, and what a better way to celebrate than with a new 3-D adventure? This time other cities, besides his Tokyo hometown, fall in the path of his destruction.