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With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Warner Bros.), director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” reaches a rousing finale.
The Chris Rock film is well intentioned but comes wrapped in layers of smutty humor that suffocate its fundamentally honorable message about the redeeming power of love.
Characters pale before the big-budget 3D effects of the latest biblical blockbuster. Viewers will wander in the desert with Moses for two and a half hours, though it might seem like 40 years.
This Christmas season offers two new biographies of St. Katharine Drexel, each of which contributes in different ways to a fuller understanding of Philadelphia’s only home-grown saint.
If the saints, because of their sheer holiness, can sometimes seem hard to relate to, the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, can seem even more distant. But a new exhibition of Western European artwork portraying Mary during the 14th through the 17th centuries shows her in another light and reminds viewers that she was indeed human.
A film director raised in Longmont is taking on Mary’s story with a new film in production in Hollywood. “She was the first one to say ‘Yes’ to Christ, to take on this whole idea of being the Mother of all of us.”
There was a big bang, then over time they drifted apart. That’s the cosmological premise of the new bio film of professor Stephen Hawking’s early romance and marriage to a deeply religious woman that sizzled then fizzled.
In the 2011 original to which “Horrible Bosses 2″ (Warner Bros.) serves as a follow-up, a trio of bunglers set out to murder the workplace superiors who were making their lives miserable.