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Mixed opinions have been generated by Jackson's transformation of a single, relatively slim volume into a trio of longish movies. But few will deny that this concluding screen chapter progresses at a steady clip and successfully engages viewers' interest.

As earlier movie offerings from this year -- "Son of God" and "Noah" -- suggest, some in Tinseltown are apparently dusting off their copies of the Scriptures and taking a second look.

For those who have never been inside any of the Vatican Museums, seeing a documentary about them done with a 3-D effect on the big screen could be a real treat.

Positive values, including altruism, are highlighted in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1."

Although they may be sociologically fascinating, in the cultural scheme of things, Elvis Presley impersonators are not widely deemed to occupy a particularly exalted position.

It seems that making a non-animated movie without an abundance of adult language and relationships or excessive violence is a tall order for Hollywood, but it’s one that “When the Game Stands Tall” (Sony Pictures) successfully tackles.

Those super-sentient simians are back in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Patrons are unlikely to walk away from the overstuffed but diverting 3-D comic-book sequel "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" feeling that they've failed to get their money's worth.

Catholic News Service's media editor reviews a service from Canada called Ameba, which offers streaming video for kids. Content is entertaining, educational and music-based.

The big guy with the red, white and blue shield returns to save the planet in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Disney), a rousing follow-up to two films, 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger" and 2012's "The Avengers."

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