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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

| John Mulderig | December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

It seems unlikely that Pope Francis will decide to shatter yet another papal precedent by visiting a multiplex anytime soon. Should he do so, however, he’d probably approve of the underlying themes in director Peter Jackson’s lively sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

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Frozen

Frozen

| Joseph McAleer | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Don’t let the title fool you, “Frozen” is bursting with enough warmth and charm to defrost even the hardest Grinchy heart.

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Black Nativity

Black Nativity

| John Mulderig | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you’re tempted to bewail the absence of Christ from Christmas these days, you’ll find the Lord right where he belongs — front and center, receiving praise and worship — in the rousing musical drama “Black Nativity”.

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Free Birds

Free Birds

| Joseph McAleer | October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Parents be warned: Your kids will want you to revise the Thanksgiving dinner menu once they see “Free Birds”, a 3-D animated adventure about two rogue turkeys who travel back in time to change the “main course” of history.

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Gravity

Gravity

| October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hold on tight for the ride of your life in “Gravity”, a lost-in-space adventure as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

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Prisoners

Prisoners

| John Mulderig | September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Any film that begins with a character earnestly reciting the Our Father is well calculated to grab the attention of Christian viewers. And, in the case of the powerful drama “Prisoners” (Warner Bros.), such concentration on the part of believers will be, in some respects at least, well rewarded by what follows.

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Elysium

Elysium

| John Mulderig | August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Back in 2009, South Africa-born writer-director Neill Blomkamp made quite a stir in Hollywood with his low-budget, high-box office science fiction film “District 9.”

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Planes

Planes

| Joseph McAleer | August 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Having conquered the world of “Cars,” Disney waves its anthropomorphic wand skyward in “Planes,” a delightful 3-D animated adventure.

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

| John Mulderig | August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Problematic material occasionally mars the otherwise serviceable adventure sequel “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”.

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The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2

| Joseph McAleer | July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

If summer’s speedy passing has you feeling blue, then head to “The Smurfs 2″ (Columbia) for a jolly pick-me-up. The lighthearted tone of this 3-D sequel — which, like its 2011 predecessor, mixes animation with live action — comes courtesy of the familiar azure-hued elves of the title.

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The Wolverine

The Wolverine

| John Mulderig | July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Does the idea of a giant suit of samurai armor made out of an indestructible — but, alas, fictional — alloy called adamantium strike you as the coolest thing ever? If so, then the macho superhero adventure “The Wolverine” might just be the movie for you.

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Turbo

Turbo

| Joseph McAleer | July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare gets a Formula One makeover in “Turbo”, a rollicking 3-D animated comedy about a garden snail whose wish for super-speed is unexpectedly granted.

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