RSSMovie Reviews

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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”

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.”

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading