‘Guardians’ Elements Demand Discernment

NEW YORK (CNS) — Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups.

Capsule Movie Reviews

“Slamma Jamma” (RiverRain Productions) This well-intentioned sports drama – based very loosely on the life of slam-dunk champion Kenny Dobbs – occasionally comes to tepid life on basketball courts. But a weak script, together with production values indicative of a low budget, keep it hobbled as a story of redemption and Christian faith. Chris Staples […]

Leave These ‘CHIPS’ Behind

Get your motor running, spring yourself from a cage out on Highway 9, do whatever it takes to get away from the mind-numbing, motorcycle-bedecked comedy “CHIPS” (Warner Bros.).

‘The Shack’ Arrives

“The Shack” director Stuart Hazeldine’s screen version of William Paul Young’s best-selling novel, represents a serious effort to tackle the problem of evil from a Christian perspective. As such, it will be welcomed by believers.

The Envelope, Please: Ten Best Films of 2016

The quality of the best Hollywood films was higher in 2016 than in some recent years. But the outstanding movies of the 12 months just past tended to deal with challenging subject matter. Here are the Media Review Office of Catholic News Service’s top 10 movies of 2016.

Capsule Review: Gold

A strong performance from Matthew McConaughey fails to dispel the sour taste of this loosely fact-based story, set in the 1980s, about the zigzagging fortunes of the scrappy Nevada prospector he plays.

Charming, Dog’s-Eye View of the World

While cats are said to be blessed with nine lives, the clever canine at the center of “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal) – voiced by Josh Gad – guides us through his adventures over four eventful lifetimes. Repeatedly reincarnated, he (and, for one stint, she) returns in the guise of various breeds and encounters a range of human caregivers.

Capsule Review: “Silence” (Paramount)

Dramatically powerful but theologically complex adaptation of Catholic author Shusaku Endo’s 1966 fact-based historical novel about two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) in Japan.

Spiritual Exercises Prepared Actor to Portray Jesuit Priest

Actor Andrew Garfield underwent the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, as part of his preparation for playing a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese’s new film, “Silence.”

Capsule Movie Reviews

Capsule reviews for Freestyle’s “Believe,” and Disney’s “Moana.”