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Ben Affleck bares his soul in an underdog basketball movie that evokes the actor’s personal demons — a morally fraught drama with a surprisingly positive Catholic milieu.
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Pixar’s latest lesser effort explores family bonds and loss while yet again lamenting the loss of the studio’s creative edge.
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The director of the celebrated indie Beasts of the Southern Wild is back with a weird and messily personal take on Peter Pan — one that intriguingly reworks the theme of motherhood in the traditional story.
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ON FILM: We’re a long way from the days when award-winning films were also popular crowd-pleasers, but as much as we love to hate the Academy Awards, they still matter.
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Religious themes graced an unusual number of notable films in 2019, which our critic says may be the best movie year of the decade — with one notable caveat.
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Disney’s conclusion to the expanded Skywalker saga goes long on nostalgia, short on surprises.
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The life and death of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter offers cinematic giant Terrence Malick his most fruitful challenge in years.
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Hope and forgiveness highlight a fact-inspired drama about a cynical journalist’s life-changing encounter with the world’s least cynical celebrity.
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Anna and Elsa’s relationship is a major improvement on the first film, and Kristoff gets a song this time, but in almost every other way this sequel is lost in the woods.
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An accessible, faith-friendly overview of a complex and sprawling life, Harriet is a rousing if simplified telling of a story neglected by Hollywood for far too long.
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Three adult survivors of clerical sexual abuse in childhood band together to confront Church authorities and face their trauma in this emotionally persuasive fact-based French drama.
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A new documentary coming to theaters for a pair of stand-alone screening events adds to a growing film library about the Divine Mercy devotion and its founder.
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Joaquin Phoenix is queasily persuasive as a troubled loner in crisis in this comic-book origin story, but the film lacks adequate moral perspective.
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Pitt stars in a serious-minded sci-fi epic with notable religious resonances, but its grasp falls too short of its reach.
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An acclaimed first-person documentary, filmed in secret, lays bare the psychological and cultural toll as well as the human-rights abuses of the state’s war on the family.
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The La La Land filmmakers reunite to explore the private life of Neil Armstrong and the triumphs and tragedies of the space race.
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ON FILM: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic moonwalk by watching one of a trio of the best documentaries ever made about the Apollo project.
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Resting lion face: Disney’s latest photo replica of a 1990s Renaissance classic is the most slavish — and pointless — to date.
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The Infinity War Endgame is over, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes on, with Tom Holland’s likable Webhead battling mysterious forces while on vacation in Europe.
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Philosophical and existential mysteries weigh against moral problems in this unnecessary, inventive, fraught coda to Pixar’s great trilogy.
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Apocalyptic and postapocalyptic scenarios are huge on the big and small screens right now.
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It’s just about everyone vs. everyone else in this MonsterVerse sequel, with King Kong waiting in the wings for 2020.
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Will Smith stars in Disney’s latest live-action adaptation.
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Tolkien isn’t without its pleasures, but they’re mostly on the surface, and the film that bears his name barely touches upon the author’s Catholic faith, which was crucial to his life and work.
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A new documentary explores the colorful life of the late Notre Dame president Father Ted Hesburgh, remembered for his civil-rights activism and his role in a controversial declaration on Catholic universities.
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Marvel’s long-running ‘middle movie’ mania finally builds to an impressively ambitious finale, highlighting both the strengths and the limitations of the franchise as a whole.
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Too often Mary Magdalene has been portrayed as a penitent adulteress or prostitute. A new film starring Rooney Mara as the Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus seeks to set the record straight, but there are issues.
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The latest DC installment is a lighthearted superhero romp with some darker patches, notable family and religious themes and a few problems.
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Pure Flix’s adaptation of the Planned Parenthood clinic director-turned-pro-life activist makes for a rousing conversion story for the pro-life faithful that’s not entirely without a challenge to the movement.
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Tim Burton gets some things right — not a lot of things, but some — in his take on Disney’s famous flying baby elephant.