Reference to Gays

Dear Editor: Your movie reviewer includes these words, “…Disney’s ‘first gay character’ is a regrettable one and firmly at odds with Christian values… Given the clear intent to make a statement with this character in a film directed at children, the restrictive classification is a caution for viewers of faith, especially parents…”

John Mulderig

One Reviewer’s ‘Top Ten’ Films of the Year

While the outstanding films of the year just past covered a wide range of traditional genres, from sci-fi adventures to sports stories, fact-based titles predominated to a notable degree.

Understated ‘Brooklyn’ Offers Woman’s View on Migration

By John P. McCarthy NEW YORK (CNS) — Few immigrants to America can be said to have had it easy. Part and parcel of the immigrant experience, no matter the destination, is relegation to the bottom rungs of the socioeconomic ladder. Ideally, this situation is temporary, as is the sense of dislocation, apprehension and bewilderment […]

John Mulderig

‘Spotlight’ Illuminates Dark Chapter in Church

“Spotlight,” which chronicles the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston, is a movie no Catholic will want to see. Whether it’s a film many mature Catholics ought to see is a different question entirely.

John Mulderig

‘Jobs’ Not User-Friendly for Youth

As the lively profile of a successful uber-geek, “Steve Jobs” (Universal) is likely to appeal to many youthful tech fans. However, this is a morally complex life story recounted with a vocabulary that’s anything but user-friendly for younger moviegoers.

John Mulderig

Review: Cry U.N.C.L.E. for Lack of Substance

Another cultural landmark of the baby-boomer generation returns to the foreground with the arrival of the breezy espionage yarn “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (Warner Bros.).

Glum Sci-fi Adventure Is Nothing ‘Fantastic’

The misfortunes of its principal characters become mildly miserable for the audience of the glum sci-fi adventure “Fantastic Four” (Fox), and parents will want to be aware that this film is doubtful fare even for older adolescents.

Nothing Despicable About ‘Minions’ Movie

A bright, 3-D animated comedy, “Minions” (Universal) is a rare treat that traces the history of the capsule-shaped creatures that contributed to the success of both 2010’s “Despicable Me,” and its 2013 sequel, “Despicable Me 2.”

At the Movies: Science Fiction Takes Center Stage on Screen

By Joseph McAleer Against all expectations, Walt Disney took a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and turned it into a blockbuster film franchise. Now the studio has similar hopes for an entire theme park area in “Tomorrowland.” The result? Disney has done it again. “Tomorrowland” is a delightful science-fiction film and great fun […]

Strong Women Take the Lead with Profound Results

Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel “Far from the Madding Crowd” returns to the big screen, and “Marie’s Story” is a fictionalized profile of Marie Heurtin, often called the “French Helen Keller.”