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Pouty-faced ‘Zoolander 2′ twice as unfunny as original

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Kyle Mooney star in a scene from the movie "Zoolander 2." (CNS photo/Paramount) Posted on February 12th, 2016

Amidst all the sex jokes, fat jokes and religious sacrilege of fashion-world heroes and villains, the Ben Stiller comedy isn’t remotely funny, says our film reviewer.


New book opens a window into Cardinal Wuerl’s life, U.S. church

Posted on February 12th, 2016

BOOK WUERLThough not definitive, the biography gives an overview of the many events in the life of Cardinal Wuerl, former bishop of Pittsburgh and Washington’s archbishop since 2006 — and his role with Pope Francis.


‘How to Be Single’ might be subtitled, ‘And How Not to Be’

Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnston star in a scene from the movie "How to Be Single." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on February 12th, 2016

Our reviewer notes a disconcerting moral snag concerning procreation in an otherwise appealing, if slightly raunchy, romantic comedy movie about ladies seeking Mr. Right.


‘Risen’ helps revive the biblical epic

Joseph Fiennes stars in a scene from the movie "Risen." Fiennes said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ's death and resurrection from a unique perspective. (CNS photo/Columbia) Posted on February 11th, 2016

Two soon-to-be-released films seem positioned to ignite a sustained revival of the marriage of scriptural message with opulent production values.


‘Hail, Caesar!,’ and farewell to a bygone era

George Clooney stars in a scene from the movie "Hail, Caesar!" (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on February 8th, 2016

The new comedy by the Coen brothers is a big film Valentine card of golden-age Hollywood, specifically the raucous Tinseltown culture of the early 1950s. The all-star casts descends headlong into some irreverent material.


Jane Austen would spin in her grave over ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

Lily James and Bella Heathcote star in a scene from the movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." (CNS photo/Screen Gems) Posted on February 5th, 2016

As its title suggests, this comedy-drama is mash-up of “Downton Abbey” meets “The Walking Dead.” The result is not pretty, especially when it crosses the line on parodying the Eucharist.


‘The Choice': A comfort-food movie that’s bland

Teresa Palmer and Ben Walker star in a scene from the movie "The Choice." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on February 5th, 2016

An ethical dilemma doesn’t go very deep and presents no danger of flouting Catholic medical norms. Nor does it elicit sympathy from viewers. The proceedings quickly return to sweeping scenes of the seaside.


Book advocates using science to deepen faith, relationship to God

Posted on February 5th, 2016

BOOK SCIENCETrue, faith and science abide comfortably in many people; but so far no one has succeeded in convincing all of the diverse mentalities in either camp to accept a basic compatibility.


‘Risen': The Resurrection from a skeptic’s point of view

Joseph Fiennes stars in a scene from the movie "Risen." Fiennes said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ's death and resurrection from a unique perspective. (CNS photo/Columbia) Posted on February 4th, 2016

Joseph Fiennes, the actor starring in “Risen,” said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ’s death and resurrection from a unique perspective.


‘Madoff’ tells how a nice guy made off with ill-gotten millions

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

The miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss tells the tale of Bernie Madoff’s two lives: He’s both a loving family man and a conniving criminal. The miniseries airs Feb. 3-4, 8-10 p.m., on ABC TV.


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