NEW YORK (CNS) — One can only hope that "X-Men: Apocalypse" spells not the end of the world, as the title implies, but the conclusion of this tiresome franchise.
After all, how much more global destruction and superhuman angst can a reasonable moviegoer take?
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
|A Hologram for the King|
NEW YORK (CNS) — The simple joys of a stable career and a second chance at love are celebrated in "A Hologram for the King" (Lionsgate).
While Catholic viewers will welcome the former element in this adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2012 novel, the personal component will strike them as less straightforward.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — A cut-rate budget leaves the possession-themed horror flick "The Darkness" (BH Tilt) looking more than a bit frayed around the edges.
Big frights? Not here. Telekinesis? Nope. In fact, the low-rent demon at the center of it all mostly likes to turn on spigots when someone leaves a room.
Friday, May 27, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's brand of socially aware humor, which frequently considers the influence of pop culture on racial identity, translates well to the big screen. The catch is that they're bound to mimic what they spoof. And so, in crucial areas, their movie traffics in precisely the material they're sending up.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
|The Nice Guys|
NEW YORK (CNS) — The morally unstable tone of the clever action comedy "The Nice Guys" (Warner Bros.) is typified by the fictional resume of one of its two main characters.
Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a thug-for-hire in 1977 Los Angeles. Yet he's also a good-hearted soul who prefers to beat up only bad guys, especially lowlife types who prey on women.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
|Last Days in the Desert|
NEW YORK (CNS) — "Who do you say that I am?" As has often been pointed out, this question — originally posed by Jesus to the 12 Apostles — is in fact a decisive inquiry directed by the Savior at each and every human being.|
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
|Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising|
NEW YORK (CNS) — Everything you need to know about the witless comedy "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" (Universal), you'll learn from a description of the opening scene.
This finds suburban husband and wife Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) Radner in the throes of lovemaking — but with Kelly feeling incongruously queasy.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
|Captain America: Civil War|
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Newcomers to the Marvel Comics universe may find themselves bewildered by the turbulent adventure "Captain America: Civil War" (Disney).
In part, that's because the film is more an ensemble piece featuring the whole Avengers crew of superheroes than an outing primarily focused on the titular good guy, played by Chris Evans. Additionally, the script does little to bring the uninitiated up to speed.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
|'Angry Birds Movie' inane|
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Take an addictive phone app, contrive a plot to "explain" motivations, chuck in puns, brief potty humor and lengthy slapstick sequences, and you have the inane 3-D animated adaptation "The Angry Birds Movie" (Columbia).|
Friday, May 20, 2016
|Institute sustains sacred art form|
“Anyone can learn to write an icon,” says Mary Katsilometes, co-founder of the Iconographic Arts Institute conducted at the Benedictines’ Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel. “It’s as much a prayer, a reflection on Sacred Scripture, as it is an art form. The institute is open to all, from beginners to advanced iconographers.”|
Thursday, May 19, 2016
|In Mulieribus welcomes new board president|
Nancy Pole-Wilhite, longtime board president of In Mulieribus, recently stepped down from that position in order to assume a new role as special projects producer for the Portland women’s choir. Portland musician and neighborhood and social justice activist Geri Ethen will take on the role of board president.|
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
|Concert features 15th century music|
In Mulieribus, a women’s ensemble that specializes in music composed before 1750, offers “Dufay and Company” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 at St. Stephen Church in Portland. |
Sunday, May 8, 2016
|'Firewatch' a beautiful, contemplative video game|
NEW YORK (CNS) — If a designer were asked to come up with a video game that would effectively refute popular preconceptions about the genre, "Firewatch" (Campo Santo) might well be the result.|
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
|Intense book challenges status quo on churches' approach to racism|
White Christians, and particularly white, male Christians, who like to be challenged about how they live the Gospel will find that challenge in "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism."|
Friday, April 22, 2016
|The Huntsman: Winter's War|
NEW YORK (CNS) — "The Huntsman: Winter's War" (Universal) is both a prequel and a sequel. As such, it falls between two stools -- with a resounding thud.|
Friday, April 22, 2016
|The Jungle Book|
NEW YORK (CNS) — Forest, fauna and beast never looked as good as they do in "The Jungle Book" (Disney), a lavish retelling of the 1894 collection of stories by British author Rudyard Kipling.|
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — The spirit of "Young Frankenstein" looms over the contrived plot of the mind-swap yarn "Criminal" (Summit). Since the newer film is meant to be a serious action adventure, that's not such a good thing.|
Monday, April 18, 2016
|Marylhurst faculty gathers for May 9 recital|
Marylhurst University music faculty will come together for one night to showcase a diversity of music and talent at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in Flavia Salon at Marylhurst University. Featured faculty include James Manuele, classical guitar; Tom Sandahl, jazz guitar; Emily Ross, French horn; Peter Whitmore, double bass; Polly Hancock-Moody, vocals; and pianists Sally Harmon and John Haek. The program will include classical, jazz and original works, such as pieces by Franz Strauss and Hector Villa-Lobos.|
Thursday, April 14, 2016
|Musical instrument artisans gather at Marylhurst|
More than 80 artisans from across the Pacific Northwest will gather at Marylhurst University, noon to 5 p.m. on April 30 and May 1, to display all types of guitars, bowed and stringed instruments, mandolins, banjos, ukes, percussion and ancient instruments. There will be more than 30 mini-performances by local professional musicians on instruments provided by the exhibitors, as well as craftsman demonstrations of instruments under construction.|
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
|My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|
NEW YORK (CNS) — The close-knit Portokalos family — loving, clingy, earthy and in your face at all the most inopportune moments — returns in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" (Universal).|
Monday, April 4, 2016