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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

B+ | *** | +1-1| Teens & Up

Star Trek Into Darkness outdoes its predecessor in most respects, except creative ambition.   Read more >

Article: Top 10 Movie Moms

When I set out to make a list of great movie moms in honor of Mother’s Day, I knew it wouldn’t be easy — but I soon found it even harder than I thought. Let’s face it: Great mothers are in short supply in the movies.   Read more >

Post: Pain & Gain [video]

Pain & Gain in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Iron Man Three [video]

Iron Man Three in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Iron Man 2 [video]

Iron Man 2 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Iron Man [video]

Iron Man in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: Iron Man Three (2013)

C+ | **½ | -1| Teens & Up*

It’s a potentially promising setup for a slam-bang finale to what has been, despite its flaws, one of the brightest and most entertaining franchises around. Unfortunately, the slapdash plot is pretty much a disaster. A string of miscalculations hamper the fun. And a late revelation, when you stop and think about it, undermines most of the preceding drama.   Read more >

Post: From Up on Poppy Hill [video]

Studio Ghibli takes a break from high-flying fantasy in this naturalistic, nostalgic coming-of-age story.   Read more >

Post: 42 [video]

42 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: To the Wonder [video]

To the Wonder in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Evil Dead [video]

Evil Dead in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Jurassic Park [video]

Jurassic Park in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Article: How I Believe in Roger Ebert

Just over a month before his death on Easter Thursday, Roger Ebert wrote a blog post titled “How I Am a Roman Catholic” — a follow-up of sorts to a 2009 post called “How I Believe in God.”   Read more >

Post: The Croods [video]

The Croods in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [video]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: The Call [video]

The Call in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Oz the Great and Powerful [video]

Oz the Great and Powerful in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Spotlight: Junior Knows Best

The release of DreamWorks Animation’s new caveman comedy The Croods seems as good an occasion as any to spotlight my 2010 blog post “Junior Knows Best,” about one of my least favorite trends in family filmmaking.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Catholic Answers Live, 3/22/2013

This evening, Friday, March 22, I'll be appearing on the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm–7pm EDT).   Read more >

Review: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

C | ** | +1-1| Kids & Up*

Oz the Great and Powerful is brightly colorful, sincere and meant for children. That doesn’t make it good, exactly, but at least it’s basically the right kind of movie, which is saying something these days, alas.   Read more >

Article: Overlooked Family Fare: Top 10 Family Films Most Kids Haven’t Heard Of (And Lots More)

It’s spring break, or summer vacation, and the grandkids are visiting. Or you’re looking for a DVD for a birthday present. You want three things: a) something worthwhile (not junk); b) something they’ll enjoy (not just high-minded or educational fare); and, crucially, c) something they haven’t already seen to death.   Read more >

Review: The Kid With a Bike (2011)

A+ | **** | +4| Teens & Up

Here is a film that will break your heart, fill it with hope and challenge you to say Yes to God and to your neighbor, all at once.   Read more >

Post: New Blu-rays from Warner Bros

What does this year’s Best Picture front-runner Argo have in common with Grand Hotel (1932) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989), both recently released on Blu-ray?   Read more >

Review: Mrs. Miniver (1942)

B+ | *** | +2| Kids & Up*

Jan Struther, who created Mrs. Miniver for a series of newspaper columns later published in book form, was also the author of a number of Anglican hymns, including “Lord of All Hopefulness” (a staple in our family’s evening devotions). That biographical detail puts an interesting light on the religious elements in William Wyler’s Oscar-winning adaptation, Mrs. Miniver.   Read more >

Review: Grand Hotel (1932)

B | *** | +0| Teens & Up

Grand Hotel was the first film in history to fully realize the power of the Hollywood star system — the first all-star ensemble Hollywood film.   Read more >

Article: Religious Vision: Les Misérables and Anna Karenina

Have today’s movies lost religion? Not necessarily — but sometimes it helps to know where to look. For instance, mainstream films are more likely to include sympathetic depictions of religious faith in period pieces than in stories set in the present day.

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Post: On the Air: “Reel Faith” & “Catholic Answers Live!”

Tune into the second hour of “Catholic Answers Live!” tonight as Patrick Coffin and I discuss the best movies of 2012 and take your calls. Then come back in a week for our annual one-hour “Reel Faith!&8221; Oscar special!   Read more >

Post: Best Films of 2012: More Lists

Perusing the lists below (and bearing my own picks in mind), a number of recurring titles stand out — above all The Kid with a Bike (my #1 film of 2012), appearing on every list below except one.   Read more >

Article: 2012: The Year in Reviews

A masterpiece on the importance of fatherhood, from filmmakers honored by the Vatican, is among the year’s best films.   Read more >

Article: Against Capra’s Critics: In Defense of It’s a Wonderful Life

Perhaps the most beloved of Christmas movies, Frank Capra’s sleeper classic It’s a Wonderful Life has inevitably become a target of seasonal, iconoclastic culture-warmongering.   Read more >

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