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True to form, Keanu Reeves plays a man of few monotone words who leaves a high body count in his wake, in the new action thriller. In so many words, it’s unconvincing, unglamorous, offensive — and avoidable.
The work of religious philanthropic organizations came into clear view during the summer of 2014 when two Christian mission groups serving people in need around the world arranged to fly two of their medical missionaries suffering from the Ebola virus out of Liberia to a hospital in Atlanta, where they were treated successfully.
Part half-baked cautionary tale, part dangerous pastime, “Ouija” lurches from one horror genre standby to the next. Its ultimate impact on moviegoers is to offer an alternate spelling of “board.”
Sometimes we commit a sin because we feel unable to control our situation. If we’re lucky, we encounter someone who shows us mercy and convinces us to take a different path. That’s the story arc of a new graphic novel.
Brutal realism in the depiction of combat and scripturally inspired spirituality hardly make an obvious pairing.
During the mid-1990s, while my oldest son was shopping for a college, we toured Washington University in St. Louis. There in the heart of the campus was Graham Chapel — a stately edifice that could have been a European cathedral. Our guide informed us that it was used for concerts, lectures and plays. She did not mention it being a site for prayer and worship.
Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, is the backdrop for “The Book of Life” (Fox), an entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film.
If you can look beyond the relentless physical gags, a peeing baby and a vomiting teenager — and a long film title — there’s a small lesson in how a family pulls together through adversity in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
The movie’s most troubling element is treated so nonchalantly that ethically acute moviegoers are likely to shake their heads even as they squirm.
If viewers dig beneath “Dracula Untold’s” special effects-driven mowing down of Islamic extremists — perhaps sending a message — they might discover the movie’s moral and spiritual ambiguities.