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‘Lucy’: A wild ride that gets smart

Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson star in a scene from the movie "Lucy." (CNS photo/Jessica Forde, Universal Pictures) Posted on July 25th, 2014

NEW YORK (CNS) — Harsh events unfold in the gritty setting of sci-fi action thriller “Lucy,” making this breakneck movie a suitable ride for grown-ups with seasoned judgment. The title character’s deepening insights have more to do with a low-rent Zen Buddhism than with revealed religion.


Movie review: And So It Goes

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton star in a scene from the movie "And So It Goes."  (CNS photo/Clay Enos, Clarius Entertainment) Posted on July 25th, 2014

NEW YORK (CNS) — The indignities of romance in one’s 60s entwine with a mortifyingly weak and implausible script for two aging actors in “And So It Goes” (Clarius).


Books show Blessed Mother still very much relevant today

Mary book -h Posted on July 25th, 2014

Three new books help Catholics and all Christians learn about Mary, spend time with her in shrines and rely upon the Mother of God during hard times.


Movie review: Boyhood

Ellar Coltrane stars in a scene from the movie "Boyhood." (CNS photo/IFC Films) Posted on July 24th, 2014

NEW YORK (CNS) — To describe “Boyhood” (IFC) as unique is to underestimate a film that was shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years.


Players feel fog of war in new video game

This is an image from the video game "Valiant Hearts: The Great War." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Entertainment Software Rating Board rating is T -- teens. (CNS/Ubisoft) Posted on July 21st, 2014

“Valiant Hearts” challenges the video gaming industry, which is overflowing with violence and explicit adult content. This game, set in World War I, achieves a high level of artistry, is fun to play and informative — especially in showing the effects of hapless men facing the machines of war.


Book explores early days of church from political, spiritual viewpoints

Posted on July 18th, 2014

In “From Jesus to the Church,” Craig Evans explores the Jesus movement that developed within the Jewish religion after Christ’s death.


‘Planes’ fly again to rescue families from boredom at theaters

Animated characters appear in the movie "Planes: Fire & Rescue."  The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.(CNS photo/Disney) Posted on July 18th, 2014

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is that rare sequel that surpasses the original in action, adventure, and 3-D animation. Kids will love the characters and action, and adults will get the inside jokes.


Movie review: Begin Again

CeeLo Green and Mark Ruffalo star in a scene from the movie "Begin Again." (CNS/The Weinstein Company) Posted on July 15th, 2014

NEW YORK (CNS) — Competent pop tunes are strung together by a hackneyed plot line in the romantic comedy “Begin Again” (Weinstein).


Demanding history of Roman empire could have filled three volumes

Posted on July 11th, 2014

The long and winding “The Restoration of Rome” brings readers to the point — if they ever finish it — where they see how the bishop of Rome was the one to restore Rome’s empire rather than the political rulers Theodoric, Justinian and Charlemagne, despite the great efforts of these three.


Marvel’s ‘Miracleman’ hard to believe

Posted on July 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (CNS) — “Miracleman,” a 1980s British comic currently being reissued by Marvel, was an attempt at deconstructing superhero cliches. Violent and depressing, the series tells a story that’s often as dated and hackneyed as the Superman tropes it seeks to dismantle.


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