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Time-hopping in ‘Project Almanac’ may leave viewers queasy

Sam Lerner, Jonny Weston, Allen Evangelista and Virginia Gardner star in a scene from the movie "Project Almanac." (CNS photo/Paramount) Posted on January 30th, 2015

The immoral antics of teens with a time machine gives responsible parents reason not to take their own teens along for the ride.


‘Black or White’ explores shadings in issues of race and addiction

Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in a scene from the movie "Black or White." (CNS photo/Relativity) Posted on January 29th, 2015

The new drama starring Kevin Costner avoids stereotypes and easy answers, but its appealing characters are deployed mostly as stand-ins for recognizable social groups and tendencies.


‘Strange Magic’ strong on dance numbers, weak on romance

Dawn, voice of Meredith Anne Bull, and Marianne, voice of Evan Rachel Wood, star in a scene from the movie "Strange Magic." (CNS photo/Lucasfilm) Posted on January 26th, 2015

Disney’s animated riff on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a pleasing jaunt but it’s hobbled with a story by George Lucas.


Movie review: Mortdecai

Gywneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp star in a scene from the movie "Mortdecai." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on January 26th, 2015

The action comedy “Mortdecai” (Lionsgate) tries to evoke the genius of British novelist P.G. Wodehouse while also conjuring up the sort of movies parodied by the “Austin Powers” series.


Books explore what makes urban Catholic schools successful

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

The books “Putting Education to Work” and “Anointed Moments” tell the stories of Catholic schools that have had success in serving minority students in urban areas.


Roll your eyes at ineptitude of ‘The Boy Next Door’

Ryan Guzman and Jennifer Lopez star in a scene from the movie "The Boy Next Door." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on January 23rd, 2015

As a vehicle for its star, Jennifer Lopez, the trashy thriller is basically a garbage truck. If the movie weren’t so offensive, it’d be laughable, writes our reviewer.


‘Still Alice’ could have been better, still

Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore star in a scene from the movie "Still Alice." (CNS photo/Sony) Posted on January 22nd, 2015

The real depredations of Alzheimer’s disease and its toll on the families of the afflicted are not on display in the flawed film, despite a sensitive and appealing performance by Julianne Moore.


‘American Sniper’: Hero as courageous, and wounded, warrior

Kyle Gallner and Bradley Cooper star in a scene from the movie "American Sniper." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on January 21st, 2015

Director Clint Eastwood’s sober drama escorts viewers through both the agonizing dilemmas and the longer-term complexities that confronted America’s most celebrated sharpshooter in Iraq, the soldier on whom the film’s action centers.


Movie review: Paddington

A bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw, and Hugh Bonneville are pictured in a scene from the movie "Paddington." (CNS photo/Weinstein) Posted on January 15th, 2015

Hollywood offers a belated Christmas gift in “Paddington” (TWC-Dimension), a delightful, warmhearted comedy for the entire family.


Movie review: Blackhat

Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei star in a scene from the movie "Blackhat." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on January 15th, 2015

In the rapidly expanding, increasingly menacing world of cybercrime, hackers bent on fomenting chaos are known as blackhats.


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