Movie Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Aladdin’

Though the magical tale of Aladdin is centuries old, it's probably best known to contemporary audiences through two relatively recent products of pop culture: the 1992 animated film with Robin Williams and the Broadway musical derived from it, which continues a run that began in 2014.
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Movie Review: ‘Hesburgh’

In the documentary "Hesburgh," filmmaker Patrick Creadon provides an informative, though wholly uncritical, biography chronicling many of his globetrotting subject's varied endeavors and accomplishments.
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Movie Review: ‘Tolkien’

By turns lyrical and moving, "Tolkien" (Fox Searchlight) is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist's youth that succeeds on a number of levels.
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Movie Review: ‘UglyDolls’

"UglyDolls" borrows heavily from those (far superior) movies but does offer a snappy, singalong soundtrack.
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Movie Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Aficionados of the Marvel Comics universe are likely to be thrilled by the sweeping epic "Avengers: Endgame" (Disney).
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Movie Review: ‘The Best of Enemies’

"The Best of Enemies" (STX) is an appealing fact-based drama that promotes humane values and Gospel-guided behavior.
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Movie Review: ‘The Mustang’

You might think of "The Mustang" (Focus) as an animal tale for grown-ups. Happily, the old classic formula of a man just needing the love of a good horse has lost none of its luster.
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Movie Review: ‘Unplanned’

The hard-hitting, fact-based drama "Unplanned" (Pure Flix) dares its viewers to confront the reality of what happens when a baby is aborted.
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Movie Review: ‘Dumbo’

The sight of a cuddly baby elephant taking to the skies is clearly meant to send spirits soaring in "Dumbo" (Disney), director Tim Burton's live-action reimagining of the 1941 animated classic
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Movie Review: ‘Five Feet Apart’

"Five Feet Apart" (Lionsgate), a generally engaging young-adult romantic drama about the redeeming power of sacrificial love, is aimed, with the precision of a heat-seeking missile, at 17-year-old girls.
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Movie Review: ‘Wonder Park’

The most frequently used word in the animated adventure "Wonder Park" is "splendiferous."But the constant, eventually annoying, repetition of the term only draws attention to the fact that it does not apply to the proceedings on screen -- which fall far short of such a superlative.
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Movie Review: ‘Captain Marvel’

Wit, positive messages and lavish production values buoy the origin story "Captain Marvel" (Disney). While some of the mythos in this adaptation of various strands of Marvel Comics lore, as well as other considerations, make it unsuitable for kids, the film is tame enough to be possibly acceptable for mature teens.
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