“The Nun” (Warner Bros.) is an ambitious undertaking with an immense budget and lush special effects the aim to rank as the “That’s Entertainment!” of Catholic-themed horror films.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler’s ability to tell a great story using ordinary characters with flaws and doubts endears her to many readers.
Whether one’s heritage is Irish or not, the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle continue to fascinate us. These two books offer a look at the past and the present, the gifts and the shadow side of the Irish and Celtic heritage.
Author Mary Elizabeth Sperry has tapped into the issue of decluttering in a unique, refreshing, positive and pragmatic way by using the teachings of the church.
Fifty years ago in an act of civil disobedience, Bob Graf and 13 of his friends broke into nine neighboring draft boards in a Milwaukee office building, grabbed thousands of 1-A records of men about to be called up, doused them in homemade napalm in a nearby park and set them afire.
As scripted by Daniel Casey and directed by brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, “Kin” (Summit), a gritty but somewhat intriguing crime thriller with an overlay of science fiction, explores shades of right and wrong via a road trip through seamy swaths of Rust Belt and rural America. It’s a thoughtful film but one that can only be endorsed for a minority of grown-ups.
For parents and comic fans weary of the adult nature of many modern superhero films, a safe refuge can be found in the “Lego DC Super Heroes” movies. Arch, colorful and free of violence and profanity, these animated direct-to-video adventures often offer what more self-serious comics-based titles don’t, namely, fun.
OK, so there’s this experimental robotic war dog, very high tech, that’s been developed for the military by an evil (of course) corporation.
From a moral point of view, “Eighth Grade” (A24), a low-key, moving blend of comedy and drama, is a bit of a paradox.
Occasionally, as in “The Happytime Murders” (STX), filmmakers become enamored of the idea of foul-mouthed, sexualized puppets, as if no one had considered this idea before and there were some fresh, original way of going at this.