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Most Wanted

A MOST WANTED MAN: Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Grigori Dobrygin. Directed by Anton Corbijn. 122 minutes. Rated M (Coarse language and mature themes) By Joseph McAleer THE extreme measures spies take to combat terrorism, and the moral compromises that go with them, are showcased in A Most Wanted Man, an edgy adaptation of the ... Read More »

Cynicism ruins the magic

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT: Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater. Directed by Woody Allen. 97 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes) By Joseph McAleer WITHIN the enchanting French Riviera setting of Magic in the Moonlight, an age-old debate simmers between faith and reason, between a strictly rationalist standpoint and openness to divine providence. ... Read More »

Charm without substance

The Hundred-Foot Journey: Starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Om Puri, Juhi Chawla. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. 122 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes and infrequent coarse language) By John Mulderig LIKE an airy souffle, director Lasse Hallstrom’s food-themed romantic fantasy “The Hundred-Foot Journey” has an elegant appearance and a charming taste, but not much substance. Still, there’s little ... Read More »

Legendary tale won’t linger

HERCULES: Starring Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Bolso Berdal. Directed by Brett Ratner. 98 minutes. Rated M (Viollence, blood and infrequent coarse language) By John Mulderig THIS much can be said for the passable 3D adventure Hercules.  By comparison with this year’s earlier cinematic addition to the store of lore about antiquity’s most acclaimed strongman, The ... Read More »

Faith treated seriously

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Edgar Ramirez, Hoel McHale, Sean Harris. Directed by Scott Derickson. 118 minutes. Rated MA15+ (Strong horror themes and bloody violence) By John Mulderig AS exorcism movies go, Deliver Us From Evil is better than most. Though sensational at times, director and co-writer Scott Derrickson’s screen version of Ralph Sarchie’s memoir Beware ... Read More »

Rich humanity uncovered in the ordinary

STILL LIFE: Starring Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury, Andrew Buchan. Directed by Uberto Pasolini. 92 minutes. Rated M (Coarse language and themes) By Donata Morelli JOHN May is one of those grey men who walk the edge of our perception, on which our gaze would unlikely linger. His solitary and repetitive life is marked by almost obsessive daily rituals, ... Read More »

Finding faith in a film called Calvary

CALVARY: Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillen. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. 101 minutes. Rated MA15+ (Strong violence, sexual references and coarse language) By David McGovern IT sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: “There’s this Irish priest and he walks into a bar …” While that scenario does form at least a couple ... Read More »

Planet themes align with Christian values

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: Starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke. Directed by Matt Reeves. 130 minutes. Rated M (Violence and infrequent coarse language) By John Mulderig THOSE super-sentient simians are back in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. Though it’s not a film for kids, this latest addition to a franchise based on ... Read More »

Rare blend for family viewing

BLENDED: Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Terry Crews. Directed by Frank Coraci. 117 minutes. Rated PG (Sexual references and crude humour) By Kurt Jensen “BLENDED” is that rarity of rarities, a sincere family film, and since it stars Adam Sandler, whose trademark is scatological gags, it’s more than a bit of a surprise. At the same ... Read More »

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