‘Noah’ bobs along until crashing on the rocks of family drama

The film of the titular hero, portrayed as an ultr-environmentalist, begins as a straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood but veers off into a grim, scripturally unfounded drama about a family dispute.

If you like to eat, you’ll devour these books

Two slim paperbacks overflow with stick-to-the-ribs food for thought about the sacredness of the family dinner table. In one, an Italian-American woman recalls the comforting food of her childhood. In the second, a Baltimore priest with culinary chops writes about the cosmic food fight of good vs. evil.

How broken is ‘Sabotage’? Let us number the offenses

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle mixes some suspense with gory murder, torture, vengeance, greed, foul language and gratuitous sex. The result? One mortally wounded and morally unanchored action movie.

Review: The Lego Movie Videogame

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The philosophical point of the "The Lego Movie" is turned on its plastic head in the film's console counterpart. This is a good thing, even if it does make "The Lego Movie Videogame" (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) a bit predictable.

Movie review: Muppets Most Wanted

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Viewers of almost any age will find themselves well rewarded for tracking down "Muppets Most Wanted" (Disney).

‘Divergent’ doesn’t diverge too far from ‘Hunger Games’

NEW YORK (CNS) -- In another movie about a post-apocalyptic future -- is there any other kind these days? -- teenagers will have to topple totalitarianism, wreak havoc, fall in love. And get a tattoo.

Movie review: The Wind Rises

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Master Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki takes to the skies in what has been announced as his final animated film, "The Wind Rises" (Touchstone), a historical drama set in the turbulent years before World War II.

Statue of Mary coming soon to South Philadelphia street corner

The dream of Sister Paula Bierschmitt, artist and religious, to erect a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe on South Broad Street is nearing fruition. It all started with a mysterious photograph she took of Our Lady's image six years ago.

Downey, after ‘Son of God’ box office success, aims for other markets

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After a first-weekend box office take of $25.6 million, actress-producer Roma Downey plans to take the movie "Son of God" into other markets.

Movie review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Baby boomers old enough to recall an animated moose named Bullwinkle and his flying-squirrel sidekick, Rocky, will also likely remember the titular characters of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (Fox).