Movie review – The Heat

NEW YORK (CNS) — Sometimes funny, but relentlessly foul-mouthed, director Paul Feig’s buddy comedy “The Heat” (Fox) revels in its own vulgarity. In large part, that’s because of the character of Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a scruffy, rule-averse Boston police officer who’s none too pleased when she’s forced to team, temporarily, with uptight FBI agent […]

Mother Dolores Hart reflects on life of screen gems with Elvis, to reforming a monastery

In 1963, Dolores Hart, a rising young Hollywood starlet with a glittering career beckoning, walked away from it all, as well as an engagement to marry, to enter Regina Laudis Monastery in Bethlehem, Conn. for formation as a Benedictine nun. Her very moving life story is told in the just released “The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows.”

Movie Review: Monsters University

NEW YORK (CNS) — Your friendly neighborhood monsters are back. This time, they’re heading to college and screaming up a storm in “Monsters University” (Disney), a 3-D animated prequel to the 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.” This hilarious sendup of academia provides the backstory to key characters. It also reinforces familiar but important messages for young […]

Brad Pitt would rather not be in Philadelphia for ‘World War Z’s zombie apocalypse

If you think your commute is bad, Brad Pitt has to get his family from Philadelphia to Newark through a swarm of zombies in the new action thriller 'World War Z.' The tale is high on body counts but low on subtle story telling.

Explosions, effects in ‘Man of Steel’ overtake solid moral tale

All human interest the picture initially contains yields, in the end, to pure chaotic spectacle. Superman and his adversaries hurl each other about; skyscrapers are leveled and oil trucks ignited. Then it's on to more of the same in a different locale. Oh, well, as they say on Krypton, it was nice while it lasted.

New comedy just about as funny as the end of the world

Intended as an amusingly outrageous romp through Armageddon, "This Is the End" finds an ensemble of actors in a Los Angeles mansion during the Apocalypse. There they squabble, trade insults and generally waste their time -- as well as the audience's.

Old guys go for the gags at Google, in ‘The Internship’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Shawn Levy’s comedy “The Internship” (Fox) has a topical premise along with two likable stars. Humor and inventiveness, on the other hand, are in short supply. Adding insult to comedic injury, the belabored effort has enough bad language and offensive material to cancel out its pertinent message concerning the virtues […]

Movie review – Frances Ha

NEW YORK (CNS) — In the 1990s, comedian Jerry Seinfeld made a hit — and a fortune — with an eponymous TV series which was, he claimed, “about nothing.” Along comes its cinematic sister, “Frances Ha” (IFC), the tale of a feckless 27-year-old who’s waiting for her life to happen. Set, like “Seinfeld,” in New […]

There’s more than meets the eye in ‘Now You See Me’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Professional magicians are caught up in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse — or white rabbit and doves, perhaps — in “Now You See Me” (Summit), an entertaining caper movie. Director Louis Leterrier (“Clash of the Titans”) overcomes a huge handicap — making magic appear convincing on the big screen […]

‘After Earth’: Will Smith and son can go home again, but should they?

NEW YORK (CNS) — You can’t go home again. So, at least, the title of a 1940 novel by Thomas Wolfe admonishes us. That’s a bit of advice the characters in the grueling sci-fi adventure “After Earth” (Columbia) — not to mention the real-life folks behind this plodding project — would have done well to […]