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LION: YES! This powerful true story about a 5 year old boy in India who winds up lost on the other side of his homeland and finds a new life when he's adopted by a successful white couple before engaging in an amazing search for his birth family 20 years later is one of ...
DATEWORTHY? MOSTLY. This teen sci-fi romance features sweet lead performances in an original concept - what would happen if a teenage human boy living on a NASA project on Mars met an earthbound girl and fell in love? - but a few plot holes require gravity-defying suspensio...
A year after the Academy Awards were criticized and boycotted for a complete lack of minority representation in the major categories, the 2017 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday with a noticeably improved mix of talent. In fact, out of this year’s nine Best Pictur...
SPLIT: The latest mind-bending, twisty thriller from M. Night Shyamalan of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs" fame delivers the goods on intelligent scares done in mostly tasteful fashion, but be aware this is his darkest story ever until its memorable conclus...
SILENCE: This overlong story of Catholic missionaries risking martyrdom in 1600s Japan tries to pretend that it's a powerful look at faith under duress, but in fact is dangerous because it makes viewers sympathize with denial of faith long after the threat to the priests...
"HIDDEN FIGURES": This historical tale of three African-American women who broke through racial barriers to become heroes to the NASA space race against the Soviets is uplifting, engrossing and faith-filled and an absolute dateworthy film for anyone! "A MONSTE...
Each year I see more than 150 movies, and I’m pretty easy to please. But there’s always a few movies that stand out from the pack as ones I’d see over and over and recommend to anyone’s collection – and a few that I’d rather forget forever. Fol...
“Passengers”: It might have seemed like a clever idea at one point to have two of the hottest young stars in movies today, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, team up for what amounts to a combination of a space-age Adam and Eve story done up as a bad ripoff of the ...
"Fences": Intense adaptation of a classic stage play that follows an African-American man's battle against his dying dreams in 1950s Pittsburgh. Powerful drama, but a downer. Definitely Dateworthy if you're serious-minded. "Manchester by the Sea"...
DATEWORTHY?: Are you kidding me? Everyone in the galaxy wants to see anything "Star Wars"! When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for $4 billion, there was a mix of trepidation and anticipation among the fans of the “Star Wars” film series. A...
"OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY": Undeniably funny on a secular level, this movie is packed with enough raunchy content to merit extreme caution. If you can handle other R-rated comedies, feel free. If easily offended at all, don't go. Dateworthy for a very limited spe...
“MOANA”: The latest Disney animation smash offers high adventure and fun laughs from the voiced character of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but its mostly lackluster songs prevent it from being a classic. Still, DATEWORTHY. “THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN”: ...
DATEWORTHY: YES! While its plot is as overstuffed as a Thanksgiving dinner, there's plenty of fun magic to be found here in a film that will entertain all ages. What’s a movie studio to do when it runs out of ideas in a film series that made $7.7 billion worldwide?...
A drifting, pointless plotline with undefined characters, further ruined by an annoying new style of filming technique. There have been breakthrough moments in the history of film technology, from the creation of talkies through the addition of color, and the coming, going a...
DOCTOR STRANGE: A time-bending, mind-tripping Marvel superhero tale that is endlessly fascinating to watch, it's loads of fun if you keep its Eastern mystic aspects in perspective. YES. HACKSAW RIDGE: Mel Gibson's comeback film after a decade in the Hollywood dogho...
DATEWORTHY? YES. The third in the series of religious-themed thrillers starring Tom Hanks steers clear of the blasphemous territory of "DaVinci Code" to offer a fun and frantic thriller centering a painting inspired by Dante's "Inferno" There are few ...
“Keeping Up with the Joneses”: Fun action-comedy with a few strong sexual innuendoes, but nothing an older teen or adult couple can’t handle. DATEWORTHY! “The Accountant”: One of the year’s best films, it features some strong violence but nothin...
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children": Absolutely! This instant classic takes its place with Tim Burton's best fantasies and provides a wondrous evening of entertainment. "The Girl on the Train": Maybe. Well-made and compelling yet packed...
There are two kinds of true-story disaster movies hitting theatres this weekend. “Deepwater Horizon” stars Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Rusell in the tragic tale of what happened when the titular oil drilling rig fell to pieces in the Gulf of Mexico, causing what became ...
As Hollywood seems to run out of its own original ideas, reboots and remakes are an increasingly big part of the release schedule – with “Ghostbusters” and “Ben-Hur” just two classics that were reimagined this past summer. Both failed to incite excit...
DATEWORTHY? Yes, but be forewarned that its attitudes and jokes about sex are pretty casual early on, before the story develops into a more moral storyline with a surprisingly pro-life attitude. When Renee Zellweger burst into fame as Tom Cruise’s quirky, humble girlfr...
Dateworthy?: Yes, it's a thought-provoking conversation starter. Be warned, it does feature a fair amount of F words in some scenes and has a brief yet fairly graphic sex scene that does figure into the bigger plot, however. It may seem like a cliché and an imposs...
The struggle of how to make movies about world-famous events in a way that enraptures audiences has been a challenge for Hollywood since the dawn of cinema. But the new movie “Sully,” featuring the powerhouse team of actor Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood, sho...
It’s the end of summer, a time when cinemas are usually relegated to being the dumping ground for the films that might once have seemed like potential blockbusters but turned out to be the forgotten stepchildren of the multiplex. This week, let’s take a look at two...
There are few actors in Hollywood brave enough to wear their Catholic faith on their sleeve and base their career decisions about the films and TV shows they will and won’t do on the morals they’ve been instilled with. Jim Caviezel, who played Christ in “The P...
We’re reaching the tail-end of summer, when studios tend to dump out movies that have no-name casts or have turned out poorly in the hopes that no one will notice how bad the films are amid season-ending cookouts and last-minute vacations. So I won’t waste yours or...
In 1960, the biblical epic “Ben-Hur” became the all-time Oscar-winning film, with 11 of the gold statuettes going to the tale of a Jewish prince who is betrayed and forced into slavery by a Roman friend, then regains his freedom and seeks revenge. The movie was als...
This weekend sees the release of the summer's most unique yet raunchiest movie, a strongly R-rated animated comedy called "Sausage Party." Let it be clear that this is absolutely not a movie that anyone under 17 should watch, and discerning Catholics above tha...
There are few films that tell tales of Christian faith truly tested and used to win over incredibly troubling situations, but the current movie "The Innocents" manages to do this in remarkable fashion. It is a disturbing tale through much of its storyline, but ther...
Matt Damon has long been an interesting choice for the character of Jason Bourne, a man assigned that name as a false cover identity after he was brainwashed by the CIA to become a super-agent and then suffered amnesia. Damon is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken liberal...
Science-fiction can be a difficult genre of film for non-geeky, Average Joes and Janes to get their heads around. Often, the creation of new worlds and inventive forms of technology can simply become confusing if one isn’t already predisposed to being a technical genius...
In a summer ranging from uninspired retreads (“Now You See Me 2,” “Independence Day: Resurgence”) to big-budget original busts (“The BFG”) to at least one solid hit (“Finding Dory”), no film has drawn as much buzz or stirred up as muc...
The 4th of July is of course a great time for fireworks, but it’s also a great time to go and see movies. This summer hasn’t been as good as recent ones for films, but there’s a few fun ones out there. “Finding Dory” is fantastic for all ages, and ...
Greta Gerwig is perhaps the most underrated actress working in Hollywood today. A blond beauty with a grace and sweetness that makes her feel like she stepped straight out of the 1920s flapper era and into a present-day world that doesn’t know how to handle her sparkli...
Everyone can remember a mortifying moment from their high school days, or can relate to the feeling of having fallen from the heights of popularity and success in that period. And facing up to 20-year reunions is a daunting experience for anyone. The new movie “Central...
For decades, “The Exorcist” was considered the standard-bearer of horror movies, a full-throttle ride through the dark side that was nominated for 10 Oscars and became the highest-grossing horror film of all time. But in 2013, a movie called “The Conjuring...
It’s amazing how much ego a human being can have if left unchecked. That’s the lesson found in two current movies that are seemingly disparate on the surface, but have a lot in common in both form and substance. “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” is a ...
When Tim Burton brought Lewis Carroll’s classic tale “Alice in Wonderland” to life on the big screen in 2010, he captured lightning in a bottle. Through a combination of lavish effects and costumes that wound up winning Oscars, a star-studded cast having fun p...
Sometimes there’s a fine line between good taste and bad taste. A filmmaker can choose to tackle an “adult,” R-rated subject with class - avoiding graphic sex or violence and leaving extreme behavior to be implied offscreen – or simply wallow in the wor...
In a summer movie season packed with superhero movies, sci-fi spectaculars and raunchy comedies, it’s refreshing to find a movie for adults that respects viewers’ intelligence and is actually about something. This weekend’s big new movie, “Money Monster,&...
There are about 400 films released each year, and for the past decade it feels like at least half of them star comic book superheroes. The two main comics companies bringing them to the silver screen are DC and Marvel Comics, which have had distinctly different approaches to...
Musicals were thought to be a dead film genre for decades, until the movie version of the Broadway classic “Chicago” came along to save the day as a smash success in 2002. Yet even as that film’s smash-hit $170 million gross and Best Picture win brought song a...
Plenty of movies can be entertaining, and some are blatantly designed to have a message. But it’s truly a rare occasion when a movie manages to be both truly funny and downright important. I’m as surprised as anyone reading this to say that statement fits the late...
Back in 1967, Disney’s release of “The Jungle Book” as a cartoon took the world by storm, not only sparking massive box-office success but also inspiring screen legend Gregory Peck to lobby unsuccessfully for the Motion Picture Academy to change its rules to a...
Very few movie stars these days have managed to craft their image as well as Melissa McCarthy. Having come out of nowhere like a human tornado to steal Kristin Wiig’s 2011 smash “Bridesmaids” and earn a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, she has manage...
This has been a year of bombast at the movies. Super-hyped movies like “Deadpool” and “Batman vs. Superman” crush the box office with enormous openings, while thoughtful movies like “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” or “Eddie the Eagle” have be...
Ever since “Iron Man” took the world by storm in 2008, Marvel’s comic-book movies have been tearing up the global box office with a mix of witty writing, vibrant visuals, A-level actors and an undeniably fun spirit. While the movies had lots of PG-13 level act...
Christy Beam was just a regular wife and mother of three in the Dallas-area suburb of Burleson, Texas, when she learned that her young daughter Annabel was diagnosed with a rare and incurable digestive disorder. It seemed Annabel would never have a chance at a normal life, b...
Numerous movies have portrayed the story of Jesus over the decades, ranging from the family-friendly “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on through the horrifically detailed and strictly for adults depiction found in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ....
There is perhaps no other awards show on earth that captures people’s interest like the Oscars. For the past 88 years, the ceremony has built a mythical presence on the world stage thanks to its ability to draw seemingly every star on the planet into one theatre and re...
Some movies come along at just the right time. Others run into bad luck because of when they’re released. “Zoolander” was one of the rare movies that had the blessing and the curse of being both. Released on September 28, 2001, Ben Stiller’s hilarious sa...
Over the course of nearly 20 films, Joel and Ethan Coen have veered between low-key movies like “Blood Simple” and “Fargo,” and wildly inventive movies on a grand scale such as “The Big Lebowski” and “The Hudsucker Proxy.” Their newes...
There are many ways to make a bad movie. This week, I’ve decided to give a spanking to two movies that are vastly different yet are equally painful viewing experiences. First, the newest movie of the two is “The Finest Hours,” which tells the story of the mos...
There are many ways to make a bad movie. This week, I’ve decided to give a spanking to two movies that are vastly different yet are equally painful viewing experiences. First, the newest movie of the two is “The Finest Hours,” which tells the story of the most...
Ever since “The Hunger Games” exploded at the box office in 2012, teen movies set in dystopias – the fancy word for messed-up future societies – have been flooding our cineplexes. There have been four “Hunger Games” movies, two in the “Div...
January usually is the deadliest month of the year for new movies, as studios focus on raking in extra cash and awards for their prestige pictures from the previous year. But over the last few years, there have been a few surprise hits at the top of the year, such as “...
With 2015 finally past us, it’s time to present my Top 10. Rather than picking the most pretentious movies possible like most critics, I try to pick the ten movies that I thought were the most entertaining and engrossing. 1. “The Walk.” Director Robert Zeme...
At some point, everyone dreams of getting rich. For most of us, it remains a dream throughout our lives, a desire that seems too intangible and even surreal to actually grasp, even as the media shows us people who achieve that goal every single day. There are as many paths t...
Christmas movies are like a pile of presents under the tree: there’s hopefully something for everyone. This season is no exception, with an eclectic array of films for seemingly every taste, and then of course the “Star Wars” movie, which is making so much mon...
In a world where 500 TV channels and thousands of websites offer seemingly countless choices for entertainment, it’s becoming ever rarer that one particular movie or TV show can truly stand out from the crowd and become a full-on, must-see event. But the latest space ep...
Despite being an English major with a degree from a decent school, I’ve never read “Moby oops!.” I just knew the bare bones about its story covering the epic battle between a great white whale and an obsessed band of men determined to bring it to its demise. ...
There’s something about Thanksgiving dinner’s familiarity that adds to the magic of its enjoyment. You know exactly what you’re getting – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, some sort of greens and cranberries – but yet it’s pretty much the most ...
It seems every holiday season brings with it at least a couple of new Christmas movies. They’re often ensemble affairs, with up to a dozen name actors handling small yet plum parts in a sweet confection that is guaranteed to be played in cable reruns and streamed on Ne...
There are harrowing moments when the entire world’s attention is riveted upon a tragedy, such as 9/11 or this past Friday’s terror attacks in Paris. Thankfully, there are also uplifting moments that unite the planet, and the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in 2010 aft...
Daniel Craig may be the sixth man to play James Bond, but he sure knows how to breathe new life into a series that has now spawned 26 films in 52 years. While 2009’s “Quantum of Solace” was a misfire, the others he’s made since taking over the iconic rol...
Few actors in the history of Hollywood have managed as hot a streak as Bradley Cooper is on right now. He’s been nominated for either a Supporting or Lead Actor Oscar for three years in a row for his terrific work in “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American H...
The TV ads for the new movie “Steve Jobs,” about the legendary business mogul who founded Apple and gave the world the Macintosh and IMac computers in addition to IPods, IPads and smartphones, ask an intriguing question: “Can a great man also be a good man?...
Everyone loves getting a little scared during Halloween season, and this weekend offers two distinctly different kinds of frights for distinctly different audiences – yet both are highly recommended as being among the best films of the year so far. “Goosebumps”...
When faced with pure evil, how far can one go in the pursuit of justice and revenge? That is the fascinating question at the heart of the drug-war thriller “Sicario,” which puts audiences smack in the middle of the action as well as the moral dilemmas of a young fe...
When we’re children, we all have a crazy dream inside of us, a secret wish that we could do something so truly amazing that the whole world would notice. For many, it’s a desire to be able to fly, soaring like Superman through the skies. Most of us get over those ...
In a movie world awash in clichéd romantic comedies or raunchy sex romps, there’s something downright refreshing about the new movie “The Intern.” It’s a story about a friendship between a man and a woman – one that never threatens to be sexu...
Johnny Depp is an actor who knows how to completely submerge himself in a role, and for most of his career, he has been putting those skills into the service of quirky movies kids could enjoy, ranging from “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Alice in Wonderland...
Paying a visit to your grandparents when you’re a kid should be one of the best memories of your childhood. But what if you just knew that something was, well, a little bit odd and off-kilter about them – and that that oddness could possibly be hiding something do...
You might think that a movie about two old men in their 70s walking the Appalachian Trail is the last thing you’d wanna see as a hip young person on the dating scene. But I’m happy to report that the new movie “A Walk in the Woods” defies expectations an...
A great film has been scaring up good word-of-mouth for the past month, but I somehow missed it until last weekend. “The Gift” stars Jason Bateman, who normally acts in raunchy comedies like “Horrible Bosses,” in a thoughtful, foreboding and intelligent ...
Imagine being a dad with a wife, two young daughters, and a well-paying engineering career, and then losing your job abruptly. The best new job that comes up is overseas, in Southeast Asia, which seems like a culture shock, but you hope for the best and sign on. The company...
We’ve entered the dog days of summer, in which all the cool movies were released weeks ago, and we’re stuck with the movies consigned to the cinematic trash heap. This week’s big releases, “American Ultra” and “Hitman: Agent 47,” were barel...
You never know when you’re going to strike gold at the movie theater. Last week featured choices so dire, including “Ricki and the Flash” starring Meryl Streep in a seemingly ridiculous role as a former rock star in her 60s who takes a second chance at fame, ...
Summer is the best time of the year for action movies, and it seemed unlikely that any movie would top the firepower shown in “Furious Seven.” But leave it to Tom Cruise to achieve the impossible with the latest entry in his wildly successful “Mission Impossib...
So you wanna see a funny movie on your date? It might sound like a no-brainer to go enjoy a remake of the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” starring the normally lovable Ed Helms of “The Office” and “Hangover” f...
Last summer, a movie called “The Fault in Our Stars” caused quite a sensation, as an adaptation of the biggest-selling novels of the wildly popular genre of books that today’s teens love, called Young Adult novels. Both the book and the movie were written by a...
It’s been impossible to miss the ads for the movie “Trainwreck” this month, and thanks to its extensive cast of comedy stars and basketball great LeBron James, you couldn’t watch a talk show this week that didn’t have someone from the movie as a gues...
THIS WEEK’S MOVIE: “AMY” An innovative documentary about the rise and tragic fall of singer Amy Winehouse, “Amy” provides both sad insights into her troubles and joyous music celebrating her immense talents. DATEWORTHY? Definitely. Amy Winehouse...
When’s the last time you thoroughly enjoyed a movie from beginning to end, that put a big grin on your face from start to finish and made you want to feel like you could get up and dance and belt out songs with the best of the actors on screen? Improbable as it sounds,...
The summer movie season is officially upon us this weekend, with the release of the new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” leading the annual flood of superheroes, action movies and broad comedies into theatres. But while the new movie costs $250 million and features an ar...
The summer movie season is officially upon us this weekend, with the release of the new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” leading the annual flood of superheroes, action movies and broad comedies into theatres. But while the new movie costs $250 million and features an ar...
Midlife crises are always rife with complications, and those complications often make great fodder for fiction. The new movie “While We’re Young,” written and directed by the outstanding young filmmaker Noah Baumbach, shows that the topic can be funny, a bit t...
So it's Valentines Day weekend, traditionally one of the best times of the year to cuddle up with your most precious loved one and enjoy a romantic movie. But this year, Hollywood has let anyone with a shred of decency down big time, by releasing the twisted, overrated ...
In deciding what’s a good movie to see on a date, of course one has to consider the artistic merits of a movie, or at least how much fun they’ll be having watching it. On the other hand, as Catholic Christians, we also have to assess the moral standards of a movie....
There’s usually more than one movie coming out in theaters each weekend, and this one is no different. Audiences seem to have a pretty clear choice between their main options: the cartoonish art-heist farce “Mortdecai” starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow ...
There’s usually more than one movie coming out in theaters each weekend, and this one is no different. Audiences seem to have a pretty clear choice between their main options: the cartoonish art-heist farce “Mortdecai” starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow ...
There’s usually more than one movie coming out in theaters each weekend, and this one is no different. Audiences seem to have a pretty clear choice between their main options: the cartoonish art-heist farce “Mortdecai” starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow ...
What makes a man truly good – as in noble, brave and heroic? Is it the ability to fight evil in a war, or the willingness to help others even when there’s great emotional or monetary sacrifice involved? And can a man attain greatness even when he is deeply flawe...

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We met in August 2013 after a few messages on Catholic Singles. From our first date, we were comfortable talking about everything from faith to football. On our second date, before going sailing, we started our day with mass together. Although our lives took very different paths previous to meeti...

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My Husband and I met on this site in 2013. We had each been looking for a Catholic that shared our values and this is a great resource for bringing single Catholics together. We married a little over a year later and have happily welcomed our first child into the world. We have been extremely ble...

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My trip to Ecuador, meeting Alexandra and her family for the first time was incredible. So much so that we are now engaged. We had been corresponding for the last couple of months and during that time developed a very close and loving relationship. We discussed marriage prior to me going there an...

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