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NEW YORK (CNS) — The “Metal Gear” stealth-action franchise has been acclaimed for its espionage-based gameplay since its eponymous first installment, released way back in 1987.
Setting gamers the intriguing goal of successfully sneaking through its well-crafted levels while avoiding detection, the series has garnered fans for generations. Ridiculous but entertainingly tongue-in-cheek plots about futuristic privatized [...]
NEW YORK (CNS) — The original fans of the long-lived “Star Trek” franchise may be getting older; the TV series that started everything off, after all, first hit antennas (remember them?) nearly 50 years ago.
But director J.J. Abrams continues to keep the perennially appealing characters of this sci-fi stalwart young with his second chronicle of their early professional lives, “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Paramount).
NEW YORK (CNS) — A great American novel doesn’t always, it seems, translate into a sure-fire film property. A case in point: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 tale, “The Great Gatsby.”
Director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann’s current 3-D adaptation (Warner Bros.) is at least the fourth effort to bring Fitzgerald’s chronicle of the Jazz Age to [...]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Given that his first appearance in print dates back to 1963, the comics-based superhero of “Iron Man 3″ (Disney) may be said to be turning 50 this year. Perhaps a midlife crisis is to blame for the lack of freshness and charm that mark the latest addition to this blockbuster screen franchise — [...]
“Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women” by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle.
“Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves,” edited by Helen M. Alvare.
“Grace Under Pressure: The Roles of Women — Then and Now — in the Catholic Church” by Barbara A. O’Reilly.
NEW YORK (CNS) — We have the assurance of the Old Testament that the iniquity of a father will be visited upon his children (Nm 14:18). That happens more than once in “The Place Beyond the Pines” (Focus).
Director and co-writer (with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder) Derek Cianfrance elevates a standard crime drama into a [...]
“The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity”
by Robert Wilken
Yale University Press (New Haven, Conn., 2012).
388 pp., $35.
Reviewed by Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC Catholic News Service
“The First Thousand Years,” a remarkably brief overview of half the Christian story by a prominent Catholic historian, is a refreshing new look at our common [...]
NEW YORK (CNS) — Large-scale landscapes and shiny gadgets make for arresting visuals in the science fiction epic “Oblivion” (Universal). But director Joseph Kosinski’s emotionally shallow adaptation of his own graphic novel is further undermined by logical lapses and some dubious philosophizing.
While mature moviegoers may shrug off the amateur metaphysics of Karl Gajdusek’s script easily [...]
NEW YORK (CNS) — To paraphrase the title of an earlier movie about the national pastime, hate strikes out in the historical drama “42″ (Warner Bros.). Writer-director Brian Helgeland’s uplifting — if sometimes heavy-handed — film recounts the 1947 reintegration of professional baseball after decades of segregated play.
As Helgeland’s script shows us, this racial breakthrough [...]
Moviegoers are in for some extreme excitement if they venture within the terrifying boundaries of “Jurassic Park” (Universal), now rereleased with 3-D effects.
Steven Spielberg directs the mother of all monster movies from Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, detailing what happens after genetically re-created dinosaurs break loose in a theme park and see two young children and [...]