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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ presents cartoonish nihilism

Catholic News Service The stylized, nearly cartoonish nihilism and resulting high body count in “John Wick: Chapter 2” create most of the apparent appeal of...

‘Gold’ mines mother lode of vulgarity

Catholic News Service Little glitters in “Gold.” To put it another way, there’s a sour taste to this loosely fact-based story that a strong performance...

‘Sleepless’ is awash in blood and silliness

Catholic News Service There's little chance of catching a quick nap during “Sleepless,” a noisy, vulgar, and highly violent police drama. Based on the 2011 French...

‘Patriots Day’

Catholic News Service While “Patriots Day” is an effective dramatization of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, the film is also an...

Morality play shot down in volley of bullets in ‘Live by...

  Catholic News Service The glossy crime drama “Live by Night” traces the rise of Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck, who also wrote and directed), a Boston-bred...

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...

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ includes anti-religious plot

Catholic News Service Warren Beatty wrote, directed and stars in “Rules Don't Apply,” a loosely fact-based tale set within the secretive world of eccentric industrialist...

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ depicts ‘no greater love’ heroism

Catholic News Service In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for...

‘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...

‘Morgan’ revisits artificial-human-gone-haywire plot

Catholic News Service In the “humanoid made from synthetic DNA” genre, “Morgan” is both unoriginal and omits even an occasional reflection on what it means...

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