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‘Taken 3’ — Hero’s friends and relations still targeted for death

Catholic News Service Will audiences be taken with “Taken 3”? Probably not. Though director Olivier Megaton tones down the intense violence that marked the previous films...

Aliens can’t keep a dead Tom Cruise down in ‘Edge of...

Catholic News Service The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one. That boiled-down version of a duo of lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy “Julius Caesar,”...

Hollywood ‘Noah’ wants to save nature, not humanity

Catholic News Service “Noah,” which begins as a fairly straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood, eventually veers off into a grim, scripturally...

Same difference: ‘Divergent’ and ‘Hunger Games’

Catholic News Service If Hollywood has its way, teenagers won’t have it easy in the post-apocalyptic future. “The Hunger Games” started the ball rolling, with its...

‘47 (incomprehensible) Ronin’

Catholic News Service “47 Ronin” is the latest in a host of fictionalized retellings, across a variety of media, of the fact-based Japanese national legend...

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend (not to mention the formula) Continues’

Catholic News Service The one-note joke of clueless Ron Burgundy in 2004's “Anchorman" goes all stale and moldy in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Will Ferrell's...

‘A Madea Christmas’ strews vulgar wisecracks under the tree

Catholic News Service Broad-strokes comedy, much of it concerned with sex and scatology, is interspersed with a strained family drama in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea...

Is it already time to go back to ‘Titanic’?

This review originally ran Dec. 11, 1997. Making a spectacle of the greatest sea disaster of the century is the special effects blockbuster, "Titanic" (Paramount),...

Boulders fly, monsters die in ‘Wrath of the Titans’

Catholic News Service Nothing less than the fate of the universe, so we're assured, is at stake in the mythological sequel “Wrath of the Titans.”...

‘The Hunger Games’ rated for adults, possibly OK for mature teens

Catholic News Service Though presumably targeted at teens, the dystopian adventure “The Hunger Games” involves enough problematic content to give parents pause. Responsible oldsters will...

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