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Little ones in show of virtue

MINIONS: Starring Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Rated PG (Mild animated violence) 91 minutes By John Mulderig FILLET it how you will, “Minions” is a rare treat. This bright 3D animated comedy traces the history of the yellow, capsule-shaped creatures whose endearing presence in the background ... Read More »

Shepherd of all

By Cindy Wooden WITH almost every step Pope Francis takes on his foreign trips and with his every embrace, he pleads for dialogue and inclusion. His denunciations of a “throwaway culture” – cultures in which certain people and most material goods are deemed disposable – are passionate and well-explained in his speeches and writings. But his point is demonstrated first ... Read More »

Feel the love on inside

INSIDE OUT: Starring Kaitlyn Dias, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader. Directed by Pete Docter. Rated PG (Mild themes) 102 minutes By John Mulderig WHILE the tiniest film fans might be put off by the peril in which its characters occasionally find themselves, the splendid comedy “Inside Out” offers all others outstanding entertainment founded on strong ... Read More »

Hardy tale of romance

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD: Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Rated M (Mature themes and sex scene) 118 minutes By Joseph McAleer THOMAS Hardy’s 1874 novel about romantic entanglements in the English countryside returns to the big screen in “Far from the Madding Crowd”. In this fourth film adaptation of ... 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 »

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

POPE Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. He points to numerous ways world organisations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some ... Read More »

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

THE earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, ... Read More »

A hymn of praise

“LAUDATO Si’”, the title Pope Francis chose for his encyclical on the environment, comes from a hymn of praise by St Francis of Assisi that emphasises being in harmony with God, with other creatures and with other human beings, said the head of the Franciscan order. Sitting under towering trees, surrounded by potted flowers and herbs in the garden of ... Read More »

Work for peace

WHEN Pope Francis met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vatican City on June 10, the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine was the main topic of their conversation and was a concern for many others as well. Mr Putin arrived more than an hour late, beating the 45-minute tardiness he chalked up in November 2013, the last time he visited the ... Read More »

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