‘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.

Capsule Movie Reviews

Enjoyable adventure for the DC Comics superhero (Gal Gadot) takes her from her home environment – an island of Amazons isolated from the rest of the world – into the thick of World War I.

‘Leavey’ Tells True Story of a Hero Solider

Man’s best friend is also a lifesaver in “Megan Leavey” (Bleeker Street), the inspiring true story of a female Marine corporal and the bomb-sniffing dog she bonded with during the Iraq War.

‘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.