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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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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction

| John Mulderig | June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

There may, no doubt, be circumstances that would justify a film having a running time close to three hours.

Some lavish adaptation of a Dickens novel, perhaps, or a sweeping historical epic might be expected to sustain prolonged viewer interest. A set of outsize Hasbro toys come to life, on the other hand, not so much.

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Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| John Mulderig | June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

If Satan were a movie critic — and who can doubt he has the right temperament for the job? — he’d likely give the abortion-themed romantic comedy “Obvious Child” an enthusiastic “two horns up.”

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Godzilla

Godzilla

| John Mulderig | May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though Facebook may not remind you of the fact, “Godzilla” has a birthday coming up. He’ll turn 60 later this year, and what a busy six decades it has been.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

| John Mulderig | May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 showcases a good deal of mostly stylized mayhem that’s too intense for little kids. But the positive use to which the web-slinger — once again played by Andrew Garfield — puts his powers, together with a script that’s virtually free of objectionable vocabulary, makes this adventure acceptable for just about everyone else.

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Heaven Is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

| John Mulderig | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength.” Those familiar words, addressed to God in Psalm 8 of the King James Bible, might serve as the tagline for the fact-based drama “Heaven Is for Real.”

Audiences of almost any age will benefit from this intriguing, child-guided glimpse into the afterlife.

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Draft Day

Draft Day

| Joseph McAleer | April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

It may be baseball season, but it’s the National Football League that’s front and center in “Draft Day.”

This rather parochial (and heavily promotional) sports drama explores the extreme measures professional teams will take to secure new talent and, they hope, a shot at the Super Bowl.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

| Joseph McAleer | April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The big guy with the red, white and blue shield returns to save the planet in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (Disney), a rousing follow-up to two films, 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and 2012′s “The Avengers.”

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Noah

Noah

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Noah”, which begins as a fairly straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood, eventually veers off into a grim, scripturally unfounded drama about a family dispute.

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Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

| John Mulderig | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Viewers of almost any age will find themselves well rewarded for tracking down “Muppets Most Wanted”.

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Pompeii

Pompeii

| Joseph McAleer | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Still more imagined there were no gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness for evermore,” wrote the Roman author Pliny the Younger on the day after the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

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The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

| John Mulderig | February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Western civilization owes an incalculable debt to the real-life figures behind the fact-based World War II drama “The Monuments Men” (Columbia). Yet, despite honorable intentions and a cast of heavy hitters, this cinematic salute to their memory falls well short of the monumental.

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