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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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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — A-III (PG-13)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | December 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A long time ago, in a world that now seems far, far away — to wit, Earth in spring 1977 — George Lucas wowed audiences with the original “Star Wars” film.

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The Two Popes — A-III (PG-13)

The Two Popes — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | December 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In “The Two Popes,” their glossy but highly speculative account of supposedly real events, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director Fernando Meirelles ill-advisedly try to extol Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) by trashing retired Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins).

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — A-II (PG)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last year, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — filmmaker Morgan Neville’s documentary about iconic public television children’s show host Fred Rogers (1928-2003) — achieved both critical acclaim and remarkable success at the box office.

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Frozen II — A-II (PG)

Frozen II — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Both the filmmakers and the central voice cast of the much-loved 2013 original are reunited in “Frozen II” (Disney). They deliver an exuberant animated musical adventure that’s suitable for a wide demographic.

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Ford v Ferrari — A-III (PG-13)

Ford v Ferrari — A-III (PG-13)

| Kurt Jensen | November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Ford v Ferrari” (Fox) revels in its 1960s gender stereotypes, evoking a “Great Man” age of auto racers in which the men were men and the women glad of it.

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Doctor Sleep — L (R)

Doctor Sleep — L (R)

| John Mulderig | November 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

In crafting the horror sequel “Doctor Sleep” (Warner Bros.), which follows up on the events recounted in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, “The Shining” — based, like its successor, on a novel by Stephen King — writer-director Mike Flanagan takes his time and effectively builds up a macabre mood.

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Last Christmas — L (PG-13)

Last Christmas — L (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | November 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The holiday-themed blend of romantic comedy and drama “Last Christmas” is both awkward in execution and problematic in content. So viewers committed to scriptural values should approach it with caution.

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Midway — A-III (PG-13)

Midway — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s all hands on deck in the vivid fact-based naval epic “Midway.” In fact, the cast of this historical drama is so crowded that viewers might feel the occasional roll call was in order.

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By the Grace of God — L (NR)

By the Grace of God — L (NR)

| John Mulderig | October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the hard-hitting drama “By the Grace of God,” similarly founded on real events (as was “Spotlight”), the scene shifts to Lyon, France, and the focus is on a group of survivors rather than journalists.

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