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Fostering Unity in God’s Love in ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’

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(2018—Director: Wim Wenders) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “As long as the Church is placing its hope on wealth, Jesus is not there.” — Pope Francis  “The artist is an apostle of beauty, who helps others live better.” — Pope Francis  Potential spoilers below From his elevation to the papacy in March of …

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Merfolk Encounters at the Cusp of Adolescence in ‘Lu Over the Wall’

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(2018—Director: Masaaki Yuasa) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “To the new and improved Seirèn! Rock on! Rock on!” — Band members Kunio (Sôma Saitô, dubbed by Brandon Engman), Yūho (Minako Kotobuki, dubbed by Stephanie Sheh), and Kai Ashimoto (Shōta Shimoda, dubbed by Michael Sinterniklaas) Click here for showtimes to Lu Over the Wall …

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Director Jason Reitman Rebounds With ‘Tully’, an Ode to Ma

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(2018—Director: Jason Reitman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I’m here to take care of you.” “I thought you’re taking care of the baby?” “Yeah, but right now, you pretty much are the baby.” — Tully (Mackenzie Davis) and Marlo (Charlize Theron)  “Girls don’t heal.” (beat) “Girls heal.” “No, we don’t. We might look like …

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A Bold Finale Tops Off the Adequate Bulk of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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(2018—Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (with reservations) (out of 5 stars)  “Did you do it?” “Yes.” “What did it cost?” “Everything.” Potential spoilers below (including spoilers for Thor: Ragnarök, Aliens, and Alien 3) Few can deny that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (hereafter shortened to MCU) has altered how studios approach storytelling and …

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On ‘Schindler’s List,’ Human Value, and the Mysterious Power of Grace

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” So goes a Jewish proverb that Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) uses to console a regret-haunted Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) at the end of Steven Spielberg’s life-affirming masterpiece Schindler’s List (1993). These simple yet poignant words capture the essence …

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‘Lean on Pete’: A Story About a Boy and His Horse… But Mostly the Boy

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– By Ben Escobar – It’s critical to understand before seeing Lean on Pete, that it isn’t your average horse film. Sure, it’s got the jockeys and hill country horse races, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s even more critical to understand that if you haven’t seen a film from Andrew Haigh prior to Lean on Pete, …

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Brooding, PTSD-Fueled Brutality in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

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(2018—Director: Lynne Ramsay) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “McCleary said you were brutal.” (beat) “I can be.” — Sen. Albert Votto (Alex Manette) to Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) Potential spoilers below In the opening for my review for The Beguiled last summer, I described writer-director Sofia Coppola as one of modern cinema’s formidable female voices. …

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Convoluted and Unengaging Stakes Inhabit a Watered-Down Middle Eastern Hive in ‘Beirut’

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(2018—Director: Brad Anderson) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “Right now, we’re not ruling out anyone. Everything’s in play.” “What is it you want me to do?” “You’re an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.” — Gary Ruzak (Shea Whigham) and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm)  Potential spoilers below One would think, in a medium that requires an …

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Just Another Day in Paradise: ‘The Good Place’ Review

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– By Carly Twehous – Some spoilers below Welcome! Everything is fine! This is the Good Place: A generalized, metaphysical “paradise” run exclusively on the arbitrary negative and positive energy put out into the universe. (Very Woodstock, I know.) Every action you do has a pre-assigned negative or positive value to it and your ultimate score determines if you spend …