Movie review: ‘Lady Bird’

I’ve always been fascinated to see what happens when a prominent actor or actress decides to take a seat behind the camera and make a truly personal artistic statement. From the stunningly dark visuals and spirit of Charles Laughton’s 1955 moody masterpiece Night of the Hunter to Clint Eastwood’s moody 1971 thriller Play Misty for Me, on down through Tom Hanks’ 1996 showbiz dramedy That Thing You Do! and Jason Bateman’s 2013 comedy Bad Words, a solid directorial debut offers intriguing insights into their creative process and true passions.

Woody Allen's bleak vision

I was chagrined, but not entirely surprised, when I read Woody Allen's recent ruminations on ultimate things. To state it bluntly, Woody could not be any bleaker in regard to the issue of meaning in the universe.

Movie Reviews: August 2014

If I Stay," "The Giver," "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," "The Expendables 3," "Magic in the Moonlight," "Let's Be Cops," "Step Up All In," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reviewed by Catholic News Service

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