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The Lion King — A-II (PG)

The Lion King — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Advances in moviemaking technology allow a story that could only previously be told as a cartoon to be enacted, so to speak, by animals. And so we get “The Lion King.”

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Toy Story 4 —  A-I (G)

Toy Story 4 — A-I (G)

| John Mulderig | June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Just how good are the hotshots behind “Toy Story 4?” So good that, by the time the closing credits roll, moviegoers will likely feel more emotional connection to an animated spork than they have to the vast majority of live-action human characters they’ve ever seen on screen.

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Child’s Play — O (R)

Child’s Play — O (R)

| Joseph McAleer | June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The nicest thing that can be said about the reimagined horror film “Child’s Play, ” it that is just 88 minutes long. Any longer and it could be designated a method of torture.

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Dark Phoenix — A-III (PG-13)

Dark Phoenix — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Though somber in tone, the Marvel Comics-based sci-fi adventure “Dark Phoenix” has a fundamentally moral outlook and features a more relationship-driven story than many similar films.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters  —  A-III (PG-13)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

If there were an Academy Award for the most aurally annoying film of the year, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” would certainly be a strong contender.

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Aladdin — A-II (PG)

Aladdin — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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Poms — A-III (PG-13)

Poms — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Moviegoers turning to the senior-themed comedy “Poms” in the hope of being treated to the kind of zingy dialogue and amusing antics that made the NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls” so popular will come away sadly disappointed. Though the filmmakers’ good intentions are evident, the outcome is feeble.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu — A-II (PG)

Pokemon Detective Pikachu — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Devotees of the global media juggernaut that takes its name from the Japanese for pocket monsters will no doubt welcome “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” (Warner Bros.), the first live-action feature in the franchise that began with video games in the 1990s. As for those not yet initiated into the mysteries of the Pokemon universe, however, they may feel both left behind and unimpressed.

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Tolkien — A-II (PG-13)

Tolkien — A-II (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

By turns lyrical and moving, “Tolkien” is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist’s youth that succeeds on a number of levels. This may not be the biography that every fan of Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien is looking for, and it may not even fully accomplish what its makers set out to achieve. But, if nothing else, it does tell the story of the young Tolkien and his times.

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Avengers: Endgame — A-III (PG-13)

Avengers: Endgame — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | April 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aficionados of the Marvel Comics universe are likely to be thrilled by the sweeping epic “Avengers: Endgame.”

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Breakthrough — A-II (PG)

Breakthrough — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Few people can ever have taken those words of Jesus, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, quite as literally as Joyce Smith, the real-life figure at the heart of the faith-affirming drama “Breakthrough.”

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Shazam! —  A-III (PG-13)

Shazam! — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Family life is exalted over egotistical self-reliance in “Shazam!” (Warner Bros.), director David F. Sandberg’s DC Comics-based origin story.

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