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Disney does it again: ‘Tomorrowland’ a hit for families

Britt Robertson stars in a scene from the movie "Tomorrowland." (CNS photo/Disney) Posted on May 22nd, 2015

As it did with “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Disney’s new theme park attraction is now also a delightful science-fiction film and great fun for the entire family.


There goes the resale value: ‘Poltergeist’ haunts family, wrecks home

Kennedi Clements stars in a scene from the movie "Poltergeist."  (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Hollywood’s preoccupation with remakes continues with “Poltergeist” (Fox), a reimagining of the 1982 horror film that gave new meaning to the term “haunted house.”


Movie review: The Water Diviner

Olga Kurylenko and Russell Crowe star in a scene from the movie "The Water Diviner." (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on May 20th, 2015

A father copes with the loss of his three sons during World War I in “The Water Diviner” (Warner Bros.), a fictional drama inspired by true events.


‘Catholicsm’ isn’t so hard after all

Posted on May 20th, 2015

Idiots Guide to Catholicism1Despite the title of the “Idiot’s Guide” series, its new book on the Catholic Church is a thorough and enjoyable introduction for anybody.


‘Pitch Perfect 2:’ Catchy songs but a tin ear for dialogue

Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine star in a scene from the movie "Pitch Perfect 2." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on May 19th, 2015

The sequel story of a college a capella group fails at humor by belittling women. It’s out of tune with what should be a wholesome anthem for self-improvement and achievement.


Books use different approaches to offer valuable lessons to youths

Posted on May 15th, 2015

From Teens to Twenties copyA great deal of study has gone into trying to understand the development that takes place during adolescence, the period that runs roughly through the teen years but may begin earlier and often continues into the early 20s.


Movie review — Mad Max: Fury Road

Riley Keough and Nicholas Hoult star in a scene from the movie "Mad Max: Fury Road." (CNS photo/Jasin Boland, Warner Bros.) Posted on May 15th, 2015

A brutal assault on all the senses is the best way to describe “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros).


Ladies go on the lam in ‘Hot Pursuit’ of laughs

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in a scene from the movie "Hot Pursuit."  (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Posted on May 11th, 2015

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara make a distinctly lukewarm road trip film, with impractical footwear for their journey.


‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ tells of England’s quiet, unsettled lives

Carey Mulligan and Tom Sturridge star in a scene from the movie "'Far From the Madding Crowd."  (CNS photo/Fox Searchlight) Posted on May 6th, 2015

In this fourth film adaptation of the classic work, director Thomas Vinterberg aims squarely at the “Downton Abbey” fan base while remaining faithful to his source.


New documentary on Thomas Merton celebrates centennial of monk’s birth

Posted on May 4th, 2015

Trappist Father Thomas Merton pictured in undated photoMorgan Atkinson’s new documentary on Thomas Merton, the famed Trappist monk from the Cistercian abbey in Gethsemani, Kentucky, was “40 years in the making,” he joked.


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