FILMS: ‘Les Miserables’: Last year’s best Catholic film comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray

In hindsight, it’s easy to see why “Les Misérables” didn’t win best picture at the Academy Awards this year. Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, is essentially a pacifist. “The man of mercy,” as his foe eventually calls him, forgives 70 times 7.

Death penalty foes applaud message of new movie ‘Just Mercy’

"The film's most powerful characteristics are its ability to humanize the individuals who are on death row and illuminate the discrimination, mental illness, impoverishment and racial bias that commonly leads to a death sentence," a joint statement from the Catholic Mobilizing Network said.

FILMS: Faith-friendly ‘The Identical’ wholesome entertainment

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.
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‘Chasing the Moon,’ July 8 on PBS

1969 was a key year for NASA with the moon landing. For some perspective, that same year also saw the following emerge: "Sesame Street," PBS, ATMs and the Diocese of Phoenix.

FILMS: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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

Free Birds: Intense, good fun with a tasty resolution

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Parents be warned: Your kids will want you to revise the Thanksgiving dinner menu once they see "Free Birds" (Relativity),...

FILMS: Football film shows players to ‘stand tall’ in game of life

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.

FILMS: The Lego Movie

With their lively 3-D animated adventure "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.), they not only deliver a diverting eye-catcher for both young and old, they also manage to incorporate a surprisingly pointed satire of conformist consumerism into the proceedings.
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Knights of Columbus debut ‘Everyday Heroes,’ six-part documentary on ABC

Those profiled fall into three broad categories: athletes; active-duty military personnel and veterans; and Knights. All of them help people contending with humanitarian crises.

Mexican ‘Cristero’ fight relevant to actor’s Cuban heritage

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the upcoming movie "For Greater Glory," Catholic actor Andy Garcia plays a Mexican Revolution-era general lured out of retirement a...