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Movie review: Child 44

Posted on April 27th, 2015

The Stalin-era crime drama “Child 44″ (Summit) is, alas, as murky as Siberian mud. That’s too bad, because the premise of the Tom Rob Smith novel on which the film is based — the first volume in a trilogy of thrillers — is sound.

Movie review: The Age of Adaline

Posted on April 24th, 2015

Glossy proceedings follow on a silly premise in the serviceable romantic drama “The Age of Adaline” (Lionsgate).

Slim volume offers amazing depth in look at history of Jesuits

Posted on April 24th, 2015

Cover of 'The Jesuits: A History From Ignatius to the Present'With the 2013 election of history’s first Jesuit pope, interest mounted exponentially in the now-worldwide Society of Jesus that St. Ignatius Loyola, with nine friends, founded in the 16th century.

Good deeds of ‘Little Boy’ lead to warm family film

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

An undersized, bullied boy learns the corporal works of mercy and how to overcome racial hatred in 1940s California in a new film with positive portrayals of Catholic life.

New film dramatizes Irish woman’s work with Vietnamese orphans

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Deirdre O’Kane said it took six years from idea to finished form to tell the story of Christina Noble, who has spent the past 26 years in Vietnam helping the nation’s orphans and abandoned children.

Movie review: True Story

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Crime and punishment are at the heart of “True Story” (Fox), a detailed dissection of a real-life murder case.

If a friend invites you to ‘Unfriended,’ click ‘unfriend’

Posted on April 21st, 2015

Lost somewhere in the gore of this silly, 82-minute teen horror film is a potentially valuable message about the harmful effects of online harassment.

In ‘Woman in Gold,’ a journey of art, journey of heart

Posted on April 15th, 2015

The “last prisoners of World War II” — famous paintings stolen from persecuted Jews by the Nazis — await justice and release in the new film starring Helen Mirren.

Tough choice for ‘Longest Ride': Love the rodeo or the cowboy?

Posted on April 10th, 2015

Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood star in a scene from the movie "The Longest Ride." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Fox) See MOVIE REVIEW (EMBARGOED) April 8, 2015.The home-on-the-range soap opera film has some humor, some questionable morality and some lush horse-country scenes.

Book’s promised look at future under Francis fails to materialize

Posted on April 10th, 2015

This is the cover of "The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis" by Garry Wills. The book is reviewed by Kathleen Finley. (CNS) See BOOK-FUTURE April 10, 2015.In a book purporting to take a long-range view on where the church may be headed with Pope Francis, the author almost never mentions him until the epilogue.

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