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‘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...

‘When the Bough Breaks’

Catholic News Service If you recall the familiar nursery lullaby, you'll know that “When the Bough Breaks” foretells doom for both cradle and baby. So it...

Powerful old-fashioned weeper: ‘The Light Between Oceans’

Catholic News Service Beginning with 1979'’s “The Europeans,” the producer-director team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, whose partnership was already of 15 years standing,...

Revamped ‘Pete’s Dragon’ is a warmhearted fantasy

Catholic News Service The classic boy-and-his-dog story assumes outsized proportions in “Pete's Dragon,” a warmhearted fantasy adventure suitable for teens and their elders. This reimagining of...

‘Star Trek Beyond’ — Franchise arrives at its 13th frontier

Catholic News Service Fifty years after its debut on television, “Star Trek” bursts onto the big screen again in its 13th feature-film outing. While the bad...

‘Lights Out’ looks for humor in haunting

Catholic News Service Viewers may find themselves giggling at “Lights Out.” But it won’t be because this feeble horror film has scared them silly. Injecting humor...

‘Central Intelligence’ a no-brain comedy

Catholic News Service A high IQ is not a prerequisite for seeing “Central Intelligence.” What this dimwitted action comedy demands instead are stamina and perseverance. Yet...

‘Me Before You’ — Weepie love story becomes assisted suicide tract

  Catholic News Service The folks behind the grand-scale weepie "Me Before You" clearly intend their audience to come to the multiplex armed with an abundant...

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ raises the bar on mindless mayhem

Catholic News Service One can only hope that “X-Men: Apocalypse” spells not the end of the world, as the title implies, but the conclusion of...

‘Network’ + ‘Wall Street’ + clichés = ‘Money Monster’

Catholic News Service Forty years ago, Peter Finch gave an Oscar-winning performance in the black comedy “Network.” He played Howard Beale, a crazed television news...

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