And the Oscar for Best Film Goes to…

Who’s poised to win Best Picture honors at the Oscars this Sunday? Film critic Steven Greydanus gives a rundown of nominees, who the frontrunners are and who might have been overlooked.

Films With a Lenten Theme

Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion for the baptized, as well as of increasing conformity to the message of the Gospel among catechumens and those coming into full communion with the Church.

Fun Trek Through the Jungle with ‘Jumanji’

This amusing comic adventure finds a quartet of teens magically transported into an old video game where they inhabit the avatars they chose before the start of play. For mature viewers, there is fun to be had from this trek through the jungle. But its undergrowth is too thick for the tread of kids.

Capsule Review: “All the Money in the World” (Sony)

By turns suspenseful, darkly comic and stridently moral, this slightly fictionalized account of the famous 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), the grandson of his billionaire namesake (Christopher Plummer), makes a strong case that immense wealth not only can’t buy happiness, it also imposes depths of misery that few ever know.

‘Showman’ Sure to Excite the Masses

by John Mulderig

The life of pop entertainment pioneer P.T. Barnum provides the subject matter for the big, brash musical “The Greatest Showman” (Fox).

Capsule Movie Reviews

“Justice League”

(Warner Bros.)

With Superman (Henry Cavill) dead, and the world threatened by a giant alien (Ciaran Hinds) with a scheme to unleash apocalyptic destruction, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) assemble a team of superheroes or, in DC Comics parlance, metahumans– the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – to thwart the invader.

A Charming Take on Dickens’ Classic

by John Mulderig,

ITS RATHER ILL-CHOSEN title notwithstanding, “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bleecker Street) involves no denial of the Nativity.

At the Movies: Valuable Lessons

“Wonder” (Lionsgate) is a beautiful film about ugliness. Its protagonist is August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy born with facial deformities whose misshapen visage becomes a moral Rorschach test for the people around him.

‘All Saints’ Inspires, Celebrates Faith

NEW YORK (CNS) — Sincere but less than slick, the low-key, fact-based drama “All Saints” (Sony) celebrates Christian faith and family life. Believers, accordingly, will likely be inclined to overlook its artistic shortcomings.

‘Dunkirk’ Drama Has Educational Value

“Wars are not won by evacuations,” British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously observed. As writer-director Christopher Nolan’s compelling historical drama “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.) demonstrates, however, fine films can be made about them.