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.

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.).