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With ‘Nice Guys’ like these, who needs bad guys?

Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film's destructive lead character is a good-hearted man who prefers to beat up bad guys who prey on women. But the troubling insertion of kids into the action adds to the moral objections.

‘All the Way’ offers a compelling civics lesson about civil rights

Rarely has a civics lesson been as compelling -- and entertaining -- as that provided by "All the Way," a new HBO historical drama about the epic civil rights struggle of the 1960s.

Movie review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Despite exciting visuals, a talented ensemble, and glittery costume and makeup designs, this 3-D fantasy-adventure is inert -- managing to feel audacious and tediously familiar at the same time.

Beyond rhetoric, book has useful material on ending capital punishment

Author Shane Claiborne combines facts, storytelling and evangelical preaching to explain this push to abolish capital punishment.

In ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,’ there’s enough depravity for all

After the first scene, there's something even worse than mere tastelessness in store, and that's this throwaway flick's pious attempt to preach a dumbed-down version of feminism.

‘Last Days’ director imagined a devil looking a lot like Jesus

Rodrigo Garcia admitted he "had some concerns about my ability to raise money to about a movie set in the desert with Jesus," saying he was unaware of the surfeit of religion-themed movies that were being made.

Author finds controversy in life of great-grandfather most saw as heroic

Carson was surprised by some of the facts that turned up when he decided to research and write a book about the life of his great-grandfather, U.S. Army Col. Henry Lazelle.

‘Money Monster’ skewers the glorious shallowness of TV

"Money Monster" (TriStar) offers , along with an up-to-the-moment indictment of Wall Street machinations and corporate greed. In this allegory on the power of the media, director Jodie Foster keeps the plot of a fictional investment advice show moving at a furious pace, mimicking the short attention span of today's TV programming.

Grab popcorn and a catechism for ‘Last Days in the Desert’

Among the film's strengths of striking photography and strong performances are unsettling flaws including Jesus' ambivalence toward his divinity and his crucifixion and death without the resurrection.

New ‘Roots’ retells journey from slavery to freedom

The eight-hour TV show, produced by The History Channel, brings author Alex Haley's story to a new generation of viewers. It is likely to have as striking an impact on its audience as the 1976 miniseries.