Though the mayhem that pervades “Assassin’s Creed” (Fox), director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of a popular series of video games, is mostly bloodless, other more unusual problems render it unacceptable for all.
“Jackie” (Fox Searchlight) is more of a passionate meditation on the nature of a first lady’s fame than a historical drama about Jacqueline Kennedy in the weeks following the 1963 assassination of her husband.
“Collateral Beauty” (Warner Bros.) is a strange, pretentious drama about overcoming grief. While that’s obviously a subject about which a good film — perhaps many of them — might be made, the treatment of it in director David Frankel’s quirky mess of a movie is at once too bizarre and too pat to yield any insights.
Christian author Melody Carlson has written over 200 books, including several Christmas novellas. Her newest Christmas title, “The Christmas Angel Project,” features five women in a book club who come from different walks of life.
“The Bounce Back” (Viva) is a pleasantly compact and diverting romance in which everyone goes out of their way to be both polite and well-attired.
A striking performance from Jessica Chastain in the title role propels “Miss Sloane” (Europacorp), director John Madden’s forceful study of political corruption.
In two long interviews with Jesuit publications, director Martin Scorsese described his new film “Silence” as a major stage in his pilgrimage of faith, a pilgrimage that included flunking out of the minor seminary, investigating other religions and recognizing that the Catholic Church was his home.
Cubicle drones cuts loose in “Office Christmas Party” (Paramount). The result is a sleazy soiree, an “Animal House” toga wingding for the spreading-middle and receding-hairline set.
Music can be that gentle lure that helps welcome and embrace those who have become distant from the church, said one liturgy and music expert.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The following books are suitable for Christmas giving: “All Shall Be Well: A Spiritual Journal for Hope and Encouragement” by Hilda St. Clair. Paraclete Press (Brewster, Massachusetts, 2016). 120 pp., $15.99. Teenage readers and adults alike will find calm, inspired creativity and peaceful contemplation with this beautifully illustrated journal. Sixty quotes illuminated […]