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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ deploys Christian imagery

Catholic News Service Monkey business turns deadly serious in “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based...

‘Megan Leavey’ and a Marine’s best friend

Catholic News Service Man’s best friend is also a lifesaver in “Megan Leavey,” the inspiring true story of a female Marine corporal and the bomb-sniffing...

‘The Mummy’ employs mumbo-jumbo and Tom Cruise

  Catholic News Service The clumsily fashioned horror flick “The Mummy” turns out to be anything but tightly wound. Predictable pagan mumbo-jumbo aside, there’s not much to...

‘Passengers’ depicts danger waking a sleeping beauty too soon

Catholic News Service Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in “Passengers.” While this tale about a...

Nate Turner’s revolt movingly dramatized in ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Catholic News Service Nat Turner’s Rebellion, an 1831 insurrection among the enslaved people of Southampton County, Va., represented the most serious challenge of its kind...

‘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...

Christmas quarrels release Anti-Claus in ‘Krampus’

Catholic News Service Holiday horror reigns in “Krampus,” the story of how one suburban family’s strident quarreling not only quashes the true spirit of Christmas,...

‘At last, master!’ Igor steals the stormy night spotlight in ‘Victor...

Catholic News Service Given the number of screen treatments Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus” has received over the years, it’s safe...

‘Burnt’ — Movie makes a hash of TV cooking show clichés

Catholic News Service Can’t get enough of TV cooking star Gordon Ramsay’s trademark rages and rants? Their fictional equivalent is as close as your nearest...

Directing, cinematography masterful in ‘The Water Diviner’

Catholic News Service A father copes with the loss of his three sons during World War I in “The Water Diviner,” a fictional drama inspired...

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