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Suspense and excitement

Interstellar: Starrin  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rated M. Running time 169 mins.  AS befits a sprawling space epic, Interstellar aims high. While its ambitions are admirable, and its visuals dazzling, the film’s roughly three-hour running time tries patience. Other aesthetic miscalculations, combined with morally problematic elements, ultimately make for something of a flawed liftoff. ... Read More »

Learning to love good days

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: Starring Ed Oxenbould, Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey. Directed by Miguel Arteta. Rated: PG.   By Joseph McAleer TOP prize for the most descriptive and longest film title of the year goes to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This manic comedy, based ... Read More »

Full of wisdom and wonder

CRY OF WONDERBy Gerard W Hughes SJ, Bloomsbury; $22.95Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC THE two unrelated Glaswegian Jesuits, Gerard W Hughes (an acclaimed spiritual writer who is best known for his popular 1985 book God of Surprises) and Gerard J Hughes (a philosopher), are sometimes referred to respectively by their confreres as Gerry the walker and Gerry the talker. ... Read More »

Popular operetta The Mikado showing in Brisbane

By Vincenzo Ferraioli IMAGINE there was a list of people who committed sins and all of these people are to die for those sins. Everyone who commits sins – all people who get angry, all people who judge, all people who have lied or wronged someone, all people who commit sexual sins, all people who insult, children who disobey their ... Read More »

The insanity of war

FURY: Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf and Michael Pena. Directed by David Ayer. Rated MA15+ By John Mulderig BRUTAL realism in the depiction of combat and scripturally inspired spirituality hardly makes an obvious pairing. Yet, by bringing them together in Fury, writer-director David Ayer crafts a powerful – albeit disturbing – study of the psychological effects of combat. In ... Read More »

Book reasserts hope for the Church

THE FRANCIS EFFECTEditors: Danielle Achikian, Peter Gates and Lana TurveyPublisher: Catholic Mission, Catholic Religious, AustraliaPrice: $15 Reviewed by Terry Oberg I HAVE a monthly luncheon with two friends. It is a get together of three elderly men.  Our conversation revolves around many topics, but some that always dominate are the great American songbook, politics and Catholicism. Our unanimous verdict for ... Read More »

Film with troubling scenes

THE JUDGE. Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, and Vera Farmiga. Directed by David Dobkin. Rated M (Mature themes and coarse language). 142 min. By John Mulderig CONSIDERED in strictly cinematic terms, The Judge constitutes an adequate but overextended drama that would have benefited from further editing. From a moral perspective, however, the inclusion of a seamy ... Read More »

A book for all teachers and parents

TOUCHSTONES: Stories, thoughts and reflections on Catholic Education and the Christian visionBy Wayne Tinsey, David Lovell Publishing. RRP $22.50. Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC GOOD teachers know not only what and who they are teaching but also why and to what end they are teaching. Their sense of purpose commonly finds expression in a mission statement, publicly proclaimed and ... Read More »

Manipulative methods

GONE GIRL. Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, and Tyler Perry. Directed by David Fincher. Rated MA 15+. Restricted (Strong sexualised violence, blood, sex scenes and coarse language). 149 min. By John Mulderig A JAUNDICED view of marriage permeates the abrasive drama Gone Girl. In fact, director David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel presents ... Read More »

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