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Remake of ‘Ben Hur’ opens Aug. 19
Aug. 9, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
“Ben Hur,” a blockbuster film in 1959 with Charlton Heston, is returning to the big screen in a new version starring Jack Huston as Judah Ben Hur, with Morgan Freeman co-starring. The film, is due in theatres Aug. 19, but was prescreened at the Kabuki Theater in San ...

'Petals in the Dust' to screen at film festival
Jul. 25, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
The United Nations Association Film Festival has selected the documentary of female genocide, “Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls” to screen at its film festival Oct. 20-30 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco.

‘The Angry Birds Movie’…Maybe not as good as playing Angry Birds
May. 24, 2016, By Kurt Jensen
NEW YORK – Take an addictive phone app, contrive a plot to “explain” motivations, chuck in puns, brief potty humor and lengthy slapstick sequences, and you have the inane 3-D animated adaptation “The Angry Birds Movie” (Columbia).  

‘Risen’: The Resurrection from a skeptic’s point of view
Feb. 15, 2016, By Junno Arocho Esteves
ROME – Hollywood is no stranger to movies depicting the life and death of Christ, trying to present Jesus from the perspective of the Gospels, which are the written accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry from those closest to him. Joseph Fiennes, the actor starring in ...

‘The Young Messiah’ imagines Jesus as a vulnerable child in a violent Roman Empire
Feb. 14, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
“The Young Messiah,” set for release March 11, imagines Jesus at 7 and 8 years old as a child who is just beginning to understand his nature as son of God and son of man. Jesus and his family are set in a suspenseful story that recreates a time when the Jews were a ...

Film on consecrated life at Cathedral May 15
Apr. 29, 2015
“For Love Alone,” an 18-minute documentary highlighting the lives of religious sisters in the United States, will be shown in a pre-screening at St. Mary’s Cathedral St. Francis Room at 7 p.m. May 15. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will occur at 6 p.m.

‘Big but boring’ Exodus epic no threat to DeMille
Dec. 17, 2014, By John Mulderig
NEW YORK – Time was when the biblical extravaganza was a Hollywood staple.

Big Hero 6
Nov. 20, 2014, By Joseph McAleer
NEW YORK (CNS) – Parents be warned: Your kids will want a robot for Christmas.

Think ‘Noah’ is confusing? Try to make sense of the critics
Apr. 30, 2014, By Kurt Jensen
NEW YORK – Time was when hidden messages and obscure references within a big-budget Hollywood film about a religious figure could be treated as lighthearted insider jokes.

‘Cesar Chavez’: Film portrays shy soul of deep principle
Apr. 8, 2014, By John Mulderig
NEW YORK – Moviegoers of a certain age will remember the movement to boycott grapes – an effort to draw attention to the plight of agricultural workers, and exert economic pressure on their employers, that lasted throughout the latter half of the 1960s.

‘Son of God’ an epochal event for believing moviegoers
Mar. 4, 2014, By John Mulderig
NEW YORK – As the first wide-release film in nearly 50 years to focus on the life of Jesus as a whole, “Son of God” (Fox) represents an epochal event for believing moviegoers.

Gimme Shelter
Feb. 5, 2014, By John Mulderig
NEW YORK (CNS) – Perhaps the best moment in the fact-based drama "Gimme Shelter" (Roadside) comes when its beleaguered, deeply sympathetic protagonist, played by Vanessa Hudgens, wonderingly recites a passage from the Book of Psalms that tells of God's ...

Catholic filmmaker makes movie about Roberto Clemente, his boyhood idol
Jan. 8, 2014, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – When he was a young boy, Richard Rossi insisted that his dad get general-admission tickets behind right field at old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh so he could be as close as possible to his boyhood idol, Roberto Clemente.

A look at classic cinema’s depiction of personal holiness
Dec. 11, 2013, By John Mulderig
NEW YORK – “Life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.” So wrote the French man of letters Charles Peguy (1873-1914).

Oct. 23, 2013, By Joseph McAleer
NEW YORK (CNS) – Hold on tight for the ride of your life in "Gravity" (Warner Bros.), a lost-in-space adventure as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

Fellini’s working-class fable ‘La Strada’ pope’s favorite movie
Oct. 1, 2013, By Kurt Jensen
NEW YORK – Never has passing praise of a Federico Fellini film drawn so much attention.

The Grandmaster
Sep. 18, 2013, By Joseph McAleer
NEW YORK (CNS) – Romance and kung-fu fighting may seem like incompatible film ingredients. But in "The Grandmaster" (Weinstein), these unlikely elements meld into the lush and lyrical re-creation of a neglected era of recent Chinese history.

Year of Faith cinema: Top 10 parables of faith on screen
Aug. 7, 2013, By John Mulderig
NEW YORK – With the church’s observance of the Year of Faith continuing, here in alphabetical order are capsule reviews of 10 films that engage with this often elusive topic in an accomplished and illuminating manner. Sometimes directly, in other cases only by ...


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