Movie: ‘Easter Mysteries’ film to have one-night showing at select U.S. cinemas

DENVER (CNS) — During Holy Week, a new musical theater depiction of the Easter story will hit the big screen at nearly 300 movie theaters around the country for a special one-night showing March 22. Titled “Easter Mysteries,” the film was produced by Denver-based Fathom Events and New York-based SimonSays Entertainment. Tickets can be purchased […]

Movie: ‘London Has Fallen’

NEW YORK (CNS) — When North Korean terrorists besiege the White House in 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) leaps into action to save President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). In the equally improbable and considerably more pitiless sequel “London Has Fallen” (Focus), Great Britain’s capital is devastated by insurgents controlled […]

Movie: ‘Zootopia’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Anthropomorphism runs amok in the 3-D animated comedy-adventure “Zootopia” (Disney). As with Disney’s “Cars” franchise, which presented a world of automobiles with human traits, “Zootopia” personifies all creatures great and small. They jabber away among themselves as each earns a living in the bustling metropolis of the title. Inside jokes and […]

Movie: ‘Risen’

 Above: Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton star in a scene from the movie “Risen.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Columbia Pictures) In days of yore, Hollywood knew how […]

Movie: ‘Race’

  NEW YORK (CNS) — Run, don’t walk, to the nearest multiplex and see “Race” (Focus), a supremely entertaining biopic about Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens (Stephan James). Eighty years have passed since Owens, an African-American, won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, single-handedly dealing a devastating blow to […]

Movie: ‘The Witch’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Let’s get this much out of the way first: “The Witch” (A24) is not an instructional film for Satanic practices. So whatever ballyhoo moviegoers may have come across in that regard is best ignored. The picture is instead a slim, disturbing, darkly lit mood piece about 17th-century New England. Notably, however, […]

Movie: ‘Deadpool’

NEW YORK (CNS) — There’s punk in the fancy, cultural, Johnny Rotten sense of the term, and then there’s the plain old meaning of the word before it went all meta on us. The latter perfectly captures the character who lends his name to the vengeance-driven Marvel Comics adaptation “Deadpool” (Fox). Sarcasm and splatter predominate […]

Movie: ‘How to Be Single’

NEW YORK (CNS) — There’s a disconcerting moral snag in “How to Be Single” (Warner Bros.), an otherwise appealing, if slightly raunchy, romantic comedy. This ethical stumbling block fatally impedes the positive overall trajectory of the film, which finds its characters testing their capacities to settle into monogamous relationships and genuine adulthood. Director Christian Ditter’s […]

Movie: ‘Zoolander 2’

Above: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Kyle Mooney star in a scene from the movie “Zoolander 2.” The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Paramount) NEW YORK (CNS) — […]