Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” (Focus). Though Wenders also provides some narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.
“Life of the Party” (Warner Bros.) turns out to be an especially poor choice of title for a campus-set comedy that is, essentially, lifeless. Flat and boring, the film also winks at — though it doesn’t display — extracurricular bedroom activities.
The real-life evil of abortion is blended with otherworldly and occult phenomena in the horror tale “Wraith” (Out Cold). The result is an earnest but flawed message movie.
Those few grown-ups for whom it can be considered acceptable will find the thriller “Bad Samaritan” (Electric Entertainment) intriguing but seamy.
Director Jason Reitman’s comedy “Tully” (Focus) winds up strongly affirming marriage and family life. Yet his film takes such a rocky path to that positive outcome that most viewers may not wish to follow it.
Christianity in today’s Russia was on full display on the big screen April 29, as the documentary, “Faces Among Icons,” made its theatrical debut at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York.
A series of onscreen statistics at the end of “Traffik” (Lionsgate) are meant to alert viewers to the extent of the very grave real-world problem of human trafficking with which the film deals.
Strong pro-life values are embedded in the towering, richly complex Marvel Comics-based adventure “Avengers: Infinity War” (Disney).
In “I Feel Pretty” (STX), the latest Amy Schumer comedy, a tumble during a Soul Cycle workout gives her out-of-shape character the reverse of body dysmorphic disorder. Thus she sees herself as slim, beautiful and perfect — and this supercharges her self-esteem, transforming her romantic life and her career.
According to William Friedkin, director and narrator of “The Devil and Father Amorth” (The Orchard), his brief, mostly straightforward documentary includes just such a novelty: the first authorized footage of a Catholic exorcism.