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Unbroken

Unbroken

| John Mulderig | December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Positive values permeate the inspirational fact-based drama “Unbroken.” Despite its admirable qualities, however, the film also represents something of a missed opportunity.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

All creatures great and small, including some long-dead humans, spring to life when the sun goes down in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”, the third film in the popular franchise.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

| John Mulderig | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” reaches a rousing finale.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite its fairy-tale roots, and Christmas Day release date, “Into the Woods” is an inappropriate choice for youthful moviegoers.

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Annie

Annie

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The you-know-what will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, in “Annie.” It’s an exuberant adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical — which previously became a 1982 film — about the little orphan with big dreams.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

| John Mulderig | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though it ends with the giving of the Commandments on Mount Sinai, at an intimidating running time of over two-and-a-half hours, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” may strike many as recalling more directly the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness by which the fidelity of the Hebrews was thereafter put to the test.

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Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar

| John Mulderig | November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The holiday season turns out to be the time for the “Penguins of Madagascar” to come to the fore — and into their own.

These supporting characters from previous movies in the franchise that began with 2005’s “Madagascar” take center stage in a spirited animated adventure calculated to please kids and leave parents’ minds at ease.

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The Identical

The Identical

| John Mulderig | September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although they may be sociologically fascinating, in the cultural scheme of things, Elvis Presley impersonators are not widely deemed to occupy a particularly exalted position.

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When the Game Stands Tall

When the Game Stands Tall

| John Mulderig | August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s little to object to and much to honor in director Thomas Carter’s idealistic fact-based sports drama, “When the Game Stands Tall”

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The Giver

The Giver

| Joseph McAleer | August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hollywood continues to makes the future a dangerous and challenging place to be a teenager.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

| Joseph McAleer | August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

This reboot marks the fifth film to feature the reptilian heroes, created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. With Michael Bay of the “Transformers” franchise on board as producer, action and destruction (and noise level) are ramped up in vivid 3-D, with the turtles effectively rendered through live action and motion-capture technology.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

| John Mulderig | July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though it’s not a film for kids, this latest addition to a franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994) has enough going for it to please most adults. Grown-ups also will find the themes underlying director Matt Reeves’ 3-D follow-up to the 2011 reboot “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” congruent with Christian values.

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