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‘Creed’ punches above its class, lands a knockout

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan star in a scene from the movie "Creed." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on November 26th, 2015

“One step, one punch, one round at a time” is the mantra of Rocky Balboa in the seventh film of the “Rocky” franchise. Multiple smart plot lines laden with emotion make the drama one of the series’ best.

Movie review: Secret in Their Eyes

Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in a scene from the movie "Secret in Their Eyes."  (CNS photo/STX) Posted on November 24th, 2015

In the long lead-up to its twist ending, only allusions to an “open” marriage would really trouble the ethical waters for mature potential viewers of the crime drama “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX).

No cheers for the revolution in final ‘Hunger Games’ film

Natalie Dormer and Jennifer Lawrence star in a scene from the movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on November 23rd, 2015

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2″ brings the wildly popular franchise to a close in a surprisingly glum finale. Heroine Katniss Everdeen ends in a worn-down and meditative frame of mind, rather than with exuberance.

Captivating comic book art shows new virtue of ‘Captain America’

COMIC-BOOK-REVIEW-CAPTAIN-AMERICA Posted on November 20th, 2015

A new collection of Marvel Comics tells the back story of superheroes including the fictional American hero of World War II, who naturally touts patriotism, honesty and duty, and now a different virtue: hope.

Interactive book uses technology to empower youth with answers on faith

Posted on November 20th, 2015

BOOK TWEETING REMERYIf Pope Francis, with his enormously popular Twitter following and selfies, has taught Catholics anything, it’s that today’s message of faith needs to be shared keeping young people in mind and by using their modern forms of communication.

In ‘Brooklyn,’ a woman’s tale of immigration, sans the melodrama

Emory Cohen and Saoirse Ronan star in a scene from "Brooklyn."(CNS photo/Twentieth Century Fox) Posted on November 20th, 2015

The film’s picturesque and moving portrayal of a 1950’s Irish woman’s experience of migration is neither whitewashed nor naive, and it avoids histrionics as it tackles its topic with depth and incisiveness.

Story of rescued miners in ‘The 33′ should be compelling, but isn’t

Oscar Nunez and Lou Diamond Phillips star in a scene from the movie "The 33." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on November 19th, 2015

The real-life story behind the drama of the 2010 Chilean mine cave-in riveted observers from Tierra del Fuego to Times Square. But the movie based on the tale gets buried with too many characters and too many themes to rescue it.

Probing questions will help readers to ‘rediscover Jesus’

Posted on November 13th, 2015

Rediscover Jesus - An InvitationWho can resist an invitation to rediscover Jesus, especially when it is extended by Matthew Kelly, who — by combining the words “dynamic” and “Catholic” — has jolted millions of readers and viewers into igniting, reviving or renewing their Catholic faith?

Movie review: My All American

Aaron Eckhart and Finn Wittrock star in a scene from the movie "My All American." (CNS photo/Clarius Entertainment) Posted on November 13th, 2015

No one in “My All American” (Clarius) actually says, “Go out and win one for the Gipper.” Neither will audiences hear the words pluck or moxie used.

Movie review: Love the Coopers

Ed Helms, Alan Arkin and John Goodman star in a scene from the movie "Love the Coopers." (CNS photo/CBS Films and Lionsgate) Posted on November 13th, 2015

There’s just no way to “Love the Coopers” (CBS Films), a vulgar comedy about four generations of a dysfunctional family gathered for Christmas Eve.

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