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Portrait of a crushed soul: ‘Manchester by the Sea’

Catholic News Service At the center of filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan’s drama “Manchester by the Sea” lays a crushed soul flawlessly embodied by actor Casey Affleck. Affleck’s...

Your ears might ‘Bleed for This’ dialogue

Catholic News Service No boxing movie can ignore the fact that inflicting and enduring physical damage is an essential part of the sport. The question is...

Mesmerizing and dreamlike ‘Arrival’ inspires awe

Catholic News Service Mankind has an extended encounter with aliens from outer s pace in “Arrival.” This unusually intimate science-fiction drama finds profundity on a human...

Autism trivialized in ‘The Accountant’

Catholic News Service In effect, the action-drama “The Accountant” argues that those with autism have a license to kill as well as to abet a...

‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ delivers expected charm

Catholic News Service Typically, romantic comedies do not revolve around characters our youth-crazed culture tends to dismiss as middle-aged. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (Universal) is a...

‘War Dogs’ — profit motive war comedy with murky perspective

Catholic News Service Two young Florida men become improbable arms merchants in “War Dogs,” a fact-based movie that hovers uneasily between raucous comedy and serious...

This cartoonish gentleman of the jungle aims to please

Catholic News Service Just beneath the surface of “The Legend of Tarzan,” a Gilbert and Sullivan opera is trying to claw its way out. That's not...

‘Free State of Jones’ reveals one Confederate’s dissent

Catholic News Service The ambitious historical drama “Free State of Jones” considers a little-known aspect of the Civil War: armed dissent within the South born...

‘London Has Fallen’ to lots of special violent effects

  Catholic News Service When North Korean terrorists besiege the White House in 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) leaps into...

‘The 5th Wave’ joins ‘coming-of-age during an alien invasion’ movie genre

Catholic News Service The zombie apocalypse theme has become a staple of pop culture. The latest movie variant, “The 5th Wave,” adds an alien invasion and...

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