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‘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...

‘Snatched’ — Occasionally amusing, often vulgar

Catholic News Service There’s a kernel of goodness at the heart of the mother-daughter comedy “Snatched.” But the minority of grown viewers for whom the...

‘The Promise’ melds love story with historical tragedy

Catholic News Service The relatively little-known genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago is brought into sharp focus by “The...

‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ in bad taste despite Krispy Kremes

Catholic News Service NEW YORK — A Saturday morning children's show gets its third big-screen treatment with “Saban's Power Rangers.” Regrettably, unlike the two previous films...

‘Beauty (‘must-see film intended for children’) and the Beast’ (‘agenda at...

Catholic News Service Disney’s live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters amid controversy over the updating of...

‘Rock Dog’ — Sheep, dogs and rock ‘n’ roll

Catholic News Service “You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog,” Elvis Presley crooned six decades ago. That pretty well describes “Rock Dog,” a feeble animated...

‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’

Catholic News Service The parable of the prodigal son gets a soapy Hollywood treatment in “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a faith-based comedy-drama. The eponymous character...

‘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...

‘La La Land’ dreams big in Hollywood

Catholic News Service Though it’s set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama “La La Land” takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood’s...

No mistaking the entertainment value of ‘Moana’

Catholic News Service The same tropical setting that provided the backdrop for the 1949 musical “South Pacific” now lends its exotic flavor to the animated...

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