The sci-fi-themed horror tale “Phoenix Forgotten” (Cinelou) includes little objectionable material, other than some salty language in the dialogue.
The latest entry in the Disneynature series — released, like several of its predecessors, in conjunction with the April 22 observance of Earth Day — “Born in China,” directed and co-written by Lu Chuan, rests on the tried-and-true premise that critters in the wild act just like us when no one is (supposedly) watching.
Bishop writes a book that grapples with the thorny issues of immigration, regarding both legal immigrants and unauthorized immigrants, as well as education, youth formation, political activism and encouraging voting. But it was written before the political catapulting of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and then his election as president.
Motherhood is at the center of “Lucky Boy,” the recent novel by Shanthi Sekaran. The book tackles a complicated moral dilemma while featuring a timely storyline and conflicting perspectives.
The few adult viewers for whom it’s suitable might be tempted to nickname the feverish domestic drama “Unforgettable” (Warner Bros.) “Wifie Dearest.”
The premise of “Free Fire” (A24) is that a single extended gunfight can sustain an entire film, provided the participants in the showdown keep making incongruously funny and mordant remarks.
After raising more than $3,600 through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, Preston Yarger and Nicolas Alayo, filmmakers who are lifelong “Star Wars” fans, spent two days in mid-February filming in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California, where scenes from “Return of the Jedi” had been shot more than three decades ago.
Grown viewers willing to kick reality to the curb will have fun with the preposterous but lively auto-themed action adventure “The Fate of the Furious” (Universal).
Dicey moral values and a high mayhem quotient, however, mean this seventh sequel to 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious” is not a film for impressionable youngsters.
Author R. Scott Hurd’s book “Around the Table” is what one might call a devotional book that gives you more than prayers and discussion questions.
The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday and important events in the life of the church spanning almost 2,000 years.