Movie Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Les Miserables’

"Les Miserables" (Amazon) has no connection to Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name other than its setting -- the rundown Paris suburb of Montfermeil, where the poor still struggle and continue to distrust authority figures.
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Movie Review: ‘Gretel and Hansel’

The film covers the familiar outlines of the old story, with two children negotiating a dark and very foggy forest as they escape a famine-scarred home life in search of food and security.
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Movie review: ‘The Turning’

While the film provides the occasional jolt, "The Turning" suffers from fatal indecision that leads to a thoroughly incoherent ending.
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Movie Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’

As with many satires, the makers of "Jojo Rabbit" (Fox Searchlight) don't care much whether an audience likes their film -- or understands all of it.
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Movie Review: ‘1917’

This historical drama displays both the horrors of trench combat and the endurance of fundamental decency and spiritual striving.
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Movie Review: ‘Underwater’

Like the ocean depths in which it's set, director William Eubank's monster movie "Underwater" (Fox) is dim and murky.
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Movie Review: ‘The Irishman’

More of a character study than shoot-'em-up, the film is problematic for viewers of faith in its presentation of three very bad men devoid of conscience.
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Catholic press continues mission to reach contemporary film audiences

The once influential Catholic film office had been able to get Hollywood studios to change content in movies it deemed morally offensive for decades, but that power was extinguished as the 1970s rolled into the 1980s.
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Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Although it feels less substantive than the previous chapter, "The Rise of Skywalker" certainly has spectacle to spare as well as some touching moments.
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Movie Review: ‘A Hidden Life’

In the luminous, though deliberately paced, drama "A Hidden Life" paints a striking and memorable portrait of Franz Jagerstatter, one that will be especially prized by believing viewers.
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Church changes course to maintain moral guide on film in shifting culture

The movies in the middle of the 20th century began to mirror a society in the United States that was grappling with the sexual revolution and racial tensions, presenting challenges to the U.S. bishops' Catholic film office.
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These are the covers of directories of films rated in the 1950s by the National Legion of Decency. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Catholicism influenced moviemaking from the early days of film

As the film industry grew in the early 20th century, Catholic Church leaders became concerned about some of the content that had become so readily available to their flock.
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