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Infidel — R (L)

Infidel — R (L)

| September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Though it claims to be based on true events, the political thriller “Infidel” might as well have a soundtrack of axes being ground.

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Mulan — PG-13 (A-III)

Mulan — PG-13 (A-III)

| John Mulderig | September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The early medieval “Ballad of Mulan” tells of the exploits of a heroine who, disguised as a man, distinguished herself as a warrior.

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Bill & Ted Face the Music — A-III (PG-13)

Bill & Ted Face the Music — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | September 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Remember Bill & Ted? Way back in 1989, they had an “Excellent Adventure” while two years later they experienced a “Bogus Journey.”

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Flannery — A-III (NR)

Flannery — A-III (NR)

| John Mulderig | July 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Despite a tragically brief and illness-plagued career, Catholic author Flannery O’Connor, who died in 1964 aged just 39, is recognized as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, excelling especially in her short stories.

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Critics may like ‘Chosen,’ but its makers’ artistic license up for renewal

Critics may like ‘Chosen,’ but its makers’ artistic license up for renewal

| Chris Byrd | June 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Well-received by critics and audiences alike, “The Chosen” attempts to put a fresh spin on the ancient story of the Gospels by portraying Jesus through the prism of those who knew him. Yet to say that this requires some embellishment on what the New Testament tells us by way of added backstories, characters and dialogue is putting it mildly.

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Just what is the truth about Norma McCorvey?

Just what is the truth about Norma McCorvey?

| John Mulderig | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The documentary “AKA Jane Roe” (FX, streaming on Hulu) is ostensibly a portrait of Norma McCorvey, the official but largely nominal plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the outcome of which was the legalization of abortion across the United States.

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Scoob  — A-II (PG)

Scoob — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baby boomers may remember whiling away their Saturday mornings, beginning in 1969, by watching the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”

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Trolls World Tour — A-II (PG)

Trolls World Tour — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | April 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

With its psychedelic palette, upbeat energy and fun interludes of song, director Walt Dohrn’s animated musical sequel “Trolls World Tour” (Universal) is a delightful diversion, one especially well calculated to reduce stress amid the present trying — and, for many, tragic — global circumstances.

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‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,’ streaming, Netflix

‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,’ streaming, Netflix

| April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

“The chronicle of [Joe Exotic’s] downfall is thoroughly unhealthy media junk food on which many, apparently, are bingeing — ‘Tiger King’ is currently Netflix’s most popular program.”

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Dolittle — A-II (PG)

Dolittle — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Exactly a century ago, British author Hugh Lofting published “The Story of Doctor Dolittle,” the first in a long series of books for children that have won lasting popularity for their protagonist, a physician-turned-veterinarian who has, need it be said, the unique ability to communicate with the critters he treats.

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Catholic movie reviews of 2020 Oscar best picture nominees

Catholic movie reviews of 2020 Oscar best picture nominees

| January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

“1917” – “Ford v Ferrari” – “Jojo Rabbit” – “Joker” – “Marriage Story” – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – “Parasite” – “The Irishman” – “Little Women”

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1917 — A-III (R)

1917 — A-III (R)

| John Mulderig | January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

“1917” is a great movie about the Great War. By turns harrowing and lyrically beautiful — and deeply humane throughout — director and co-writer (with Krysty Wilson-Cairns) Sam Mendes’ gripping historical drama displays both the horrors of trench combat and the endurance of fundamental decency and spiritual striving.

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