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‘Legend’ examines twin gangsters of Beatles-era London

Catholic News Service Political philosopher Hannah Arendt’s famous phrase “the banality of evil” springs to mind while viewing writer-director Brian Helgeland’s fact-based crime drama “Legend.” Initially...

‘Pan’ attached to a shadow of anti-Catholicism

Catholic News Service Fidgeting with the iconic characters of a classic story is a dicey business at best. So it’s no great surprise that “Pan,”...

‘We Are Your Friends,’ if you’re living in a party-craving stupor

Catholic News Service The relationship between an aspiring DJ (Zac Efron) and his musical mentor (Wes Bentley) is threatened when the protégé falls for his...

‘Southpaw’ — A fighter named Hope must learn to use his...

Catholic News Service In the visceral boxing drama “Southpaw,” a seasoned trainer tries to convince a broken-down fighter that boxing is more mental than physical. A...

‘Chappie’ attempts moral allegory but lacks artificial and human intelligence

Catholic News Service Frequently mayhem-ridden, and only sporadically moving, the sci-fi drama “Chappie” offers a meager return on the considerable investment of persevering through its...

‘The Gambler’ offers bleak returns

Catholic News Service Perhaps intended as a giddy ride through the gritty world of underground betting, “The Gambler” comes off instead as a bleak drama...

‘Nightcrawler’ depicts a creepy, unsettling character

Catholic News Service The free-for-all world of local TV news reporting provides the backdrop for the strikingly creepy character study “Nightcrawler.” Though it showcases a memorable,...

A study of psychological effects of combat ‘Fury’

Catholic News Service Brutal realism in the depiction of combat and scripturally inspired spirituality hardly make an obvious pairing. Yet, by bringing them together in “Fury,”...

‘The Judge’ unfolds with an ethical blind spot

Catholic News Service Considered in strictly cinematic terms, “The Judge” constitutes an adequate but overextended drama that would have benefited from further editing. From a moral...

Grave things happen to bad people in ‘A Walk Among the...

Catholic News Service When a film is called “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” you shouldn't expect a cheery stroll through the park. Rather, this grisly thriller...

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