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Moral clarity falls behind in ‘A Walk in the Woods’

Posted on September 3rd, 2015

“A Walk in the Woods” starts out well with two grizzled friends together to hike and reminisce about old times, but the directors make light of promiscuity and adultery. . The movie falls short


Movie review: War Room

Karen Abercrombie and Priscilla Shirer star in a scene from the movie "War Room." (CNS photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) Posted on September 1st, 2015

Prayer becomes the ultimate weapon to save a young family in crisis in “War Room” (TriStar).


Meet the Catholic art dealer who brought you the impressionists

Posted on August 28th, 2015

renoir cropWithout Paul Durand-Ruel, the paintings of Renoir, Monet and Cassatt might not be hanging in museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art or reproduced on posters in homes.


‘No Escape’ more an ordeal than an adventure

Owen Wilson and Lake Bell star in a scene from the movie "No Escape." (CNS photo/Weinstein) Posted on August 28th, 2015

Graphic violence, gritty language and stereotyping of the bad guys ruin the premise of a movie about an American family forced to fight their way out of a country caught up in political turmoil.


With ‘friends’ like these, solitude looks appealing

A scene from the romantic drama "We Are Your Friends." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/Warner Brothers) Posted on August 27th, 2015

The characters of the film “We Are Your Friends” live in a party-craving stupor, reinforcing the Hollywood myth that the greatest human aspiration is to have a good time.


Writer heralds Catholic advantages to self and society

Posted on August 21st, 2015

Catholic Advantage book cropCatholic League president Bill Donohue believes his lightning bolt philosophy illuminates the path to health and salvation.


Graphic violence mars clever plot of ‘American Ultra’

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in a scene from the movie "American Ultra." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on August 20th, 2015

The action comedy’s potentially appealing premise is turned into nothing but a queasy rampage due to its way-over-the-top explicit violence.


A new look at your old, cool ‘U.N.C.L.E.’

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in a scene from the movie "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (CNS photo/ Warner Bros.) Posted on August 20th, 2015

A cultural landmark for baby-boomers comes to the big screen in the espionage yarn “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” clad in a Cold War setting and James Bond glamour.


‘Straight Outta Compton’ tells a gritty, violent tale

Aldis Hodge, Cornelius Brown Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O'Shea Jackson Jr., star in a scene from the movie "Straight Outta Compton." (CNS photo/Universal Pictures) Posted on August 18th, 2015

The film’s flavorful slice of pop culture history is missing a critique of the ethically impoverished worldview of gangsta rap music that permeates the movie.


The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Out of everybody else’s league

Posted on August 12th, 2015

Image from comic book 'The League of Regrettable Superheroes'#711 is one of a cavalcade of ill-conceived figures featured in “The League of Regrettable Superheroes” (Quirk Books). Written by Jon Morris, this ironic retrospective showcases, as the cover blurb puts it, “half-baked heroes from comic book history.”


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