Movie News

New film recalls faith, sacrifice of Maryknoll chaplain killed in Vietnam

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MARYKNOLL, N.Y. – Fifty years after he put himself between a wounded Marine and fatal enemy gunfire, the story of Maryknoll Father Vincent R. Capodanno's faith and sacrifice is being retold in a new movie.

Review: The Emoji Movie

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NEW YORK – Tech savvy viewers will especially enjoy the wacky proceedings of "The Emoji Movie" (Columbia). But patrons of all stripes will appreciate the film's themes of loyal friendship and faithful romance.

Review: Dunkirk

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NEW YORK – "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.

Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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NEW YORK – Despite its ponderous title, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX) turns out to be a flashy but lightweight sci-fi adventure likely to divert those grown viewers content to munch their popcorn and enjoy a break from the heat of summer.

Review: Atomic Blonde

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NEW YORK – Aspiring to be edgy and stylish, the espionage thriller "Atomic Blonde" (Focus), matches sometimes sadistic brawling with exploitative scenes of aberrant sex. The result is not only degraded but tedious as well.

Review: The Exception

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NEW YORK – Historical kitsch applied to World War II espionage doesn't get more gloriously over the top than in "The Exception" (A24).

Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

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NEW YORK – Monkey business turns deadly serious in "War for the Planet of the Apes" (Fox), the climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994).

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

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NEW YORK – There's much to like about the vibrant comic-book adaptation Spider-Man: Homecoming (Columbia). Besides an unslacking pace and a clever central plot twist, there's the fact that the mayhem on display is kept virtually bloodless.

Art as you've never seen it: New film highlights Pope Francis' vision

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VATICAN CITY – What do the Sistine Chapel, a used car with 186,000 miles on the odometer and a statue of Our Lady of Lujan made out of metal from an abandoned factory have in common?

Review: Despicable Me 3

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NEW YORK – Director Pierre Coffin's animated comedy "Despicable Me 3" (Universal) – the second direct follow-up to the 2010 original – turns out to be something of a disappointment, falling short when compared to its predecessors.