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‘The Dark Tower’ is full of metaphysical hooey

Catholic News Service Awash in high-flown metaphysical hooey, director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel’s dull sci-fi fantasy "The Dark Tower" is inappropriate for the impressionable. As for...

‘Kidnap’ presents a long drive in a careening minivan

Catholic News Service The compact thriller “Kidnap” has Halle Berry’s expressive face going for it, but not a whole lot else. The film is less...

‘A Ghost Story’ — Confounding, spare and haunting

Catholic News Service “A Ghost Story” could be the best film about purgatory you'll see this year. That depends, of course, on whether you think that...

‘The Tribunal’ features annulment process, but it’s no ‘A Man for...

The annulment process provides the unusual courtroom setting for the romantic drama “The Tribunal.” While the movie's Catholic values are strong, they come filtered...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Catholic News Service Despite its ponderous title, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” turns out to be a flashy but lightweight sci-fi adventure...

“Dunkirk” proves a compelling historical drama

Catholic News Service “Wars are not won by evacuations,” British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously observed. As writer-director Christopher Nolan's compelling historical drama “Dunkirk” demonstrates,...

‘Wish Upon’ presents fatally fulfilled desires

Catholic News Service The low-budget Faustian fable that is “Wish Upon” has a bullied teen girl fulfilling her earthly desires for vengeance, money, popularity and...

Spider-Man ‘re-spun’ for ‘Homecoming’

Catholic News Service There’s much to like about the vibrant comic-book adaptation “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Besides an unslacking pace and a clever central plot twist, there’s...

Long, loud and dumb: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

Catholic News Service Grown-ups who yearn to connect with their inner 11-year-old boy are given a two-and-a-half-hour window of opportunity to do so in “Transformers:...

Beware: ‘It Comes at Night’

Catholic News Service Morality is put to the test and fails in the bleak thriller “It Comes at Night.” Well executed, yet painful to watch,...

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