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Criminal invites himself in

LABOR DAY: Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith. Directed by Jason Reitman. 111 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes, sexual references) Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service MANY of the elements that make one or another film objectionable are happily absent from the glossy romantic drama Labor Day. Violence is minimal; a single misuse of the Lord’s name ... Read More »

Clancy’s star spy endures

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT: Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner, Gemma Chan. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 106 minutes. Rated M (Violence and infrequent coarse language) Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service FEW fictional characters have proven as durable as novelist Tom Clancy’s brainy – and Catholic-educated – spy, Jack Ryan. Spread across more than a ... Read More »

Afghani villagers aid escape from terrorists

LONE SURVIVOR: Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster. Directed by Peter Berg. 121 minutes. Yet to be classified Reviewed by John P. McCarthy for Catholic News Service HONOURING the sacrifices made by the men and women of America’s military is the major impetus behind the action movie Lone Survivor. In theory, paying tribute to troops ... Read More »

Mary Poppins hides battle

PL Travers (Emma Thompson) and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) are poles apart in their opinions in Disney’s Saving Mr Banks.

SAVING MR BANKS: Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Rachel Griffiths, Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. 127 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes) Reviewed by Joseph McAleer for Catholic News Service FIFTY years after the premiere of the Walt Disney musical Mary Poppins comes Saving Mr Banks, a film about the making of that 1964 classic. Who ... 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 »

The Hobbit carries Gospel-aligned messages

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated M (Fantasy violence). 161 min. Reviewed by John Mulderig, of Catholic News Service IT seems unlikely that Pope Francis will decide to shatter yet another papal precedent by visiting a multiplex anytime soon. Should he do so, ... Read More »

Beautiful but with ‘a defect’

The Book Thief movie

THE BOOK THIEF: Starring Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson. Directed by Brian Percival. Rated PG (Mild themes and violence). 131 min. Reviewed by Kurt Jensen, for Catholic News Service THE Book Thief, a film about how the power of reading can transcend the vilest bigotry, is so beautifully crafted and performed, it makes you want to embrace and celebrate ... Read More »

Mother’s life of searching


PHILOMENA: Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Anna Maxwell Martin. Directed by Stephen Frears. Rated M (Coarse language and mature themes). 98 min. Reviewed Peter W.  Sheehan THIS British film is based on the 2009 book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, which tells the true story of a 50 year-long search for her son by Philomena ... Read More »

Sequel satisfies the fans’ hunger

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence star in the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer. Directed by Francis Lawrence. 145 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). Reviewed by Fr Peter Malone MSC IT is important to advise audiences intending to see The Hunger Games: ... Read More »

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