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The House with a Clock in its Walls

  THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS: Starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Owen Vaccaro. Directed by Eli Roth. Rated PG (Mild supernatural themes and violence, some scary scenes). Running time: 104 minutes By Arnie Hurdoyal A RETURN of the old kid horror formula, The House with a Clock in Its Walls pitches well to its ... Read More »

Christopher Robin

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Starring Ewan McGregor, HAylet Atwell, Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi, Toby Jones, Chris O’Dowd. Directed by mark Forster. Rated PG. Running time: 104 minutes. By Arnie Hurdoyal AN “adult” film illustrated by child-like figures, Christopher Robin is fairly straight-forward in its messages but substantial nonetheless, especially for those who may have forgotten the simplest truths amidst life’s hustle and ... Read More »

The Battle Against Evil Continues

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Alex Baldwin Running time: 147minutes   THERE seems to be no signs of stopping for evergreen superstar Tom Cruise and the now 22-year-old franchise that is Mission: Impossible. Originally a television series aired from the late ’60s to ... Read More »

Never a Dull Moment with Heroes

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR: Starring Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Rated M (Fantasy themes and violence) 156 minutes. WITH such heavy anticipation and expectation, Marvel Studios delivers again with an astounding culmination of a 10-year lead-up. Avengers: Infinity Wars goes straight to the deep end, breaking the rules. ... Read More »

Mary’s Strength of Heart Shines

MARY MAGDALENE: Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim. Directed by Garth Davis. Rated M (Mature themes) 120 minutes AFTER the new light shed on the misconceptions of the person of Mary of Magdala comes a film that takes us on a pensive journey, of following the calling placed on one’s heart, to step out of the ordinary ... Read More »

A Joyous Journey of the Heart

FINDING YOUR FEET: Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley. Directed by Richard Loncraine. Rated M (Coarse language) 111 mins. WE all deserve a second chance in life, don’t we? Whether that means giving someone else a second chance by forgiving them for their mistakes or giving yourself a second chance at discovering who you truly are. Directed ... Read More »

Rescue of a Beach Boy

Hit machine: A re-creation of the 1960s star group The Beach Boys in the movie Love & Mercy.

LOVE & MERCY: Starring John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Kenny Wormald. Directed by Bill Pohlad. Rated M (Mature themes, drug use and coarse language) 121 minutes By Kurt Jensen GREAT art arising from unremitting suffering is a time-tested motion-picture theme. When this reliable template is applied to the biographies of pop-culture stars, however, what typically occurs – ... Read More »

Annie gets a makeover

ANNIE: Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale. Directed by Will Gluck. Rated PG (Mild themes) 118 minutes. By Joseph McAleer THE you-know-what will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, in Annie. It’s an exuberant adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical – which previously became a 1982 film – about the little orphan with big ... Read More »

Overcoming hatred and vengeance

Colin Firth in a scene from The Railway Man

THE RAILWAY MAN: Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. 116 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). Reviewed by Fr Peter Malone MSC THIS is a film that can be recommended – with the caution that it has many harrowing moments. The advertising for The Railway Man seems to indicate that this is ... Read More »

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