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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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Dumbo — A-II (PG)

Dumbo — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

The sight of a cuddly baby elephant taking to the skies is clearly meant to send spirits soaring in “Dumbo,” director Tim Burton’s live-action reimagining of the 1941 animated classic.

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Unplanned — A-III (R)

Unplanned — A-III (R)

| John Mulderig | March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The hard-hitting, fact-based drama “Unplanned” dares its viewers to confront the reality of what happens when a baby is aborted.

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Captain Marvel — A-III (PG-13)

Captain Marvel — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | March 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wit, positive messages and lavish production values buoy the origin story “Captain Marvel.” 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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Top 10 movies and family films of 2018

Top 10 movies and family films of 2018

| John Mulderig | February 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

2018 was an especially strong year both for documentaries and for fictional films exploring real-life issues, the ramifications of racism in particular. Other timely topics included the place of social media in contemporary life and the centennial of the end of World War I.

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Aquaman — A-III (PG-13)

Aquaman — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though he may lack a pineapple in which to dwell, “Aquaman,” as his name suggests, spends much of his time under the sea.

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Mary Poppins Returns — A-I (PG)

Mary Poppins Returns — A-I (PG)

| John Mulderig | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

It has taken more than half a century, but at long last “Mary Poppins Returns.” The result is a delightful sequel to the 1964 classic that will divert all but the youngest and most skittish members of the family.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —  A-II (PG)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Traditionalists be warned: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has little to do with your father’s Peter Parker.

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