Battleship

Battleship

Pearl Harbor all over again, but this time it’s aliens. Who will win? A love story is thrown in for good measure. Entertaining, but not very believable. Probably “ridiculously unbelievable” would be a better description, but, hey, it’s science fiction. Still, the movie is a fun way to pass a couple of hours. If you […]

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp saves this movie from total boredom, and does it in style, but I was not impressed by the movie other than that. It’s supposed to be a comedy/thriller, and Johnny Depp is hilarious as a vampire, but the type of values the movie seems to promote is a bit disappointing. (OK, it’s a […]

Conscience Conflict

Conscience Conflict

The Catholic Church is finding itself in a deep difficulty in the United States. It is being asked to go against its conscience. Many Catholic institutions and dioceses around the country are so concerned that they recently filed suit against the government. Let’s take a brief look at what is going on and see what […]

The Avengers

The Avengers

  This is one of the best action movies of the year, by far. It deserves the box office success it is having. It’s fun, exciting, and entertaining. It’s also pretty clean (although not perfect) and family friendly.   And there are some great lines. Captain America has some of the best.   Although not […]

The Lucky One

The Lucky One

The story is good, and, even though Zac Efron does a great job playing a young war veteran who is trying to find the person who saved his life, his baby face just doesn’t seem to fit with the character of an ex-marine. It does work for the shots of him trying to wrestle with […]

Think Like A Man

Think Like A Man

Very funny movie, although loaded with lots of bad innuendos, and questionable morality. Not recommendable for young teens. Still, the basic message is probably more positive than negative: if you really love a girl, don’t just leave her hanging. Grow up, and marry her. And if you are a girl, don’t let the guy just […]

Pirates: Band of Misfits

Pirates: Band of Misfits

Funny cartoon movie about a benevolent, incompetent pirate and his loyal crew. If you liked the Wallace and Grumit movies you will love this. Pirate Captain sets out on a quest to become “Pirate of the Year”,  but in the process learns something important about himself. It turns out that his compassion and kindness to […]

Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar

A thoughtful movie about the perils of political correctness. Deals with some disturbing issues (suicide, murder) in a sensitive way, but some teens may find the themes difficult.   (Caution: spoiler alert) A fifth grade teacher in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) commits suicide, and the children are trying to make sense of what happened. A man […]

A Beautiful Soul

A Beautiful Soul

Nice try, but not successful. This is a conversion story about a rapper who is almost killed in a robbery gone wrong. The movie is too sugar-coated and moralistic for my tastes, but at least it is an attempt to deal with the rap culture in a Christian way. Better luck next time.

The Lorax

The Lorax

A cartoon movie about selfishness and second chances. A boy discovers a lost world outside his ultra-hygienic town. The lost world is a waste-land, but it was once beautiful. He meets the person who cut down all the trees and destroyed the beauty that was once there. Even though all seems lost, there might still […]