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Here's A Way To Learn More About Mary, Queen Of Heaven

Charlotte, N.C., Mar 23, 2017 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new, epic narrative about the life of Mary, Queen of Heaven has just been released with the hope of drawing individuals closer to the Mother of God during the upcoming 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. “We...

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A United Kingdom

The historical drama “A United Kingdom” (Fox Searchlight) tells the story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), an African royal who faced down mid-20th-century racial prejudice to marry Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white office worker he met in post-World War II London. Seretse and Ruth cross...

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Beauty And The Beast

“Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters amid a swirl of controversy over the updating of one of its characters into an openly gay man. The decision of the studio, director Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) and screenwriters Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos to reimagine LeFou (Josh Gad),...

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Logan

Moviegoers unwise enough to take in a showing of “Logan” (Fox), the 10th installment of the Marvel Comics-based X-Men series, will discover that the very first word of the dialogue is a four-letter one beginning with “F” and the last image of the film is sacrilegious. In between, the grumpy...

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Kong: Skull Island

With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread — an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience — “Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie. The multiple dangers...

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Before I Fall

Sound values underlie the conversion story “Before I Fall” (Open Road). But the path toward its positive conclusion takes twists and turns that will give the parents of targeted teens pause in considering whether their kids should travel it. Early on in the film, its main character, seemingly...

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The Shack

“The Shack” (Summit), 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. While objectionable elements are virtually absent from...

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Movieguide Awards Honor Films That Promote Faith, Moral Values

Amid the nonstop media hype of the Hollywood awards season leading up the Oscars (which aired this year on Feb. 26), one ceremony stands out from the crowd each year. The Movieguide Awards are widely described as “the Christian Oscars,” and offer those who devote their careers to making...

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John Wick: Chapter 2

The stylized, nearly cartoonish nihilism and resulting high body count in “John Wick: Chapter 2” (Lionsgate) create most of the apparent appeal of this second drama about a professional assassin. The rest, as directed by Chad Stahelski from Derek Kolstad’s script, consists of small moments —...

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A Cure For Wellness

The Swiss spa that serves as the primary setting for the creepy, but otherwise pointless horror exercise, “A Cure for Wellness” (Fox) operates, it seems, on the Hotel California plan. As fans of the Eagles’ 1977 hit will recall, that means “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never...

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And The Oscar Goes To …

After what many considered to be a lackluster 2015, movies came back in a big way in 2016. You’ve undoubtedly heard the hype surrounding movie-musical “La La Land,” which secured a whopping 12 nominations and is the odds-on favorite to take home many of those 12 awards, including Best...

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The Comedian

If a movie’s going to be titled “The Comedian” (Sony Classics), and the phrase isn’t intended ironically, since the film is about a stand-up comic, the audience has a right to expect that some mirth, at least, awaits therein. Well, more’s the pity. With Robert De Niro as insult comic Jackie...

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Lion

The incredible true story of one orphan’s 20-year odyssey to find his way back home roars to cinematic life in “Lion” (Weinstein). Taken from his native India as a boy, Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) grew to manhood in a loving adoptive family in Australia. But he was haunted by his lost childhood...

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (Screen Gems) is the sixth — and presumably last — in a series of video game-based films that began back in 2002. The movies have always kept their connection to the console on open display. This makes them ideal for those who like their zombies, shootouts...

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The Space Between Us

Moral blemishes mar the science fiction-tinged romance “The Space Between Us” (STX), making it unsuitable for youngsters and teens. Dramatically, director Peter Chelsom and screenwriter Allan Loeb waste a promising premise as they imagine the life story of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the...