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Tragedy of ordinary man

Movie still from Fruitvale Station

FRUITVALE STATION: Starring Michael Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Chad Michael Murray and Kevin Durand. Directed by Ryan Coogler. Rated M (Violence, coarse language and drug use) Reviewed Peter W Sheehan  THIS American film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael Jordan), who was killed by a police bullet fired at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit ... Read More »

Serving the White House

Serving the White House

THE BUTLER: Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Liev Schreiber, and Alan Rickman. Directed by Lee Daniels. Rated M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language). 132 min. Reviewed by Peter W. Sheehan   THIS is an American historical film that was inspired by a 2008 story published in the Washington ... Read More »

Silly film in ‘kindly way’

hris Hemsworth is Thor, the hero in Thor: The Dark World.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD: Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. 112 minutes. Rated M (action violence).  Reviewed by Fr Peter Malone MSC A VENERABLE film reviewer often used a phrase to indicate that he thought a film was rather silly: “a load of codswallop”. Thor: The Dark World probably deserves this epithet, though in a ... Read More »

Hanks shines in piracy drama

Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips."

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi. Directed by Paul Greengrass.Reviewed by John P. McCarthy for Catholic News Service DOCUDRAMAS tend to underwhelm emotionally, intellectually or both. That’s not the case with Captain Phillips, a complex and compassionate film that engrosses from the start and builds inexorably toward a devastating conclusion. Prepare to be hooked. Considered alongside his 2006 project ... Read More »

Exploration of making evil choices

Prisoners Movie

PRISONERS: Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Len Cariou. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. 156 minues. Rated MA 15+ (Strong themes and violence). Reviewed by Fr Peter Malone MSC PRISONERS is one of the strongest dramas of 2013. It has been directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve, who made a great impact ... Read More »

Gravity of life in an epic space adventure


GRAVITY: Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Rated M. Review from Catholic News Service HOLD on tight for the ride of your life in Gravity, a lost-in-space adventure as exhilarating as it is terrifying. Director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), who co-wrote the screenplay with his son Jonas, serves up a modern-day horror story with top-notch ... Read More »

The courage to be different

Hugo Weaving stars in The Turning

THE TURNING. Starring Cate Blanchett, Robyn Nevin, Richard Roxburgh, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Hugo Weaving, and others. Directed by Robert Connolly, Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham, Marieka Walsh, and others. MA15+. Restricted. (Strong coarse language). 180 min.  THIS movie is based on Tim Winton’s 2004 set of best-selling short stories, The Turning. Winton’s 17 stories interweave, creating a twisting plot line ... Read More »

Technological tale of charm and greed

PARANOIA. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Lukas Till. Directed by Robert Luketic.106 minutes. Rated M (Violence and adult themes).  THE title sounds far more dramatic than what is seen in the film itself. Suggestions are that it is a psychological drama – or even a horror drama.  However, this is ... Read More »

Explosive second round for Red

Red 2 2013-09-08 at 8.07.40 AM

RED 2: Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung- Hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough, Brian Cox, Tim Piggott-Smith. Directed by Dean Parisot. 116 minutes. Rated M (Violence and coarse language).   RED was an entertaining surprise of 2010. It was an action adventure with a number of retired secret agents emerging to collaborate and ... Read More »

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