‘The Young Messiah’

It's an engaging dramatization that remains faithful to the underlying message of scripture even as it speculates about the childhood of Jesus, a topic on which the Gospels are virtually silent.

Movies: The Irishman

NEW YORK (CNS) — The disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished without a trace in 1975, has never been explained. But that doesn’t deter director Martin Scorsese from solving the mystery in “The Irishman” (Netflix), an epic historical drama.

FILMS: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

With the arrival of the genial sequel "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" (Paramount), self-proclaimed "nautical nonsense" is once again the order of the day.

Movies: A Hidden Life

NEW YORK (CNS) — In 2007, Franz Jagerstatter (1907-1943), a devoutly Catholic Austrian farmer martyred by the Nazis for his stance as a conscientious objector, was declared blessed.

‘Faith of Our Fathers’

That's the overarching theme of "Faith of Our Fathers" — laying down a life for a friend — is well-intentioned but presents an awkwardly uneven account of Christianity's impact on two generations of families.

Movies: Downton Abbey

NEW YORK (CNS) — Those who’ve been yearning for a fix of interwar elegance ever since the popular ITV and PBS television series “Downton Abbey” went off the air in 2015 can rejoice.

Movies: Bennett’s War

NEW YORK (CNS) — Loosely based on the case histories of real-life wounded veterans, writer-director Alex Ranarivelo’s endearing sports drama “Bennett’s War” (Forrest) is a portrait of courage in the face of adversity.

‘Risen’ helps revive the biblical epic

Two soon-to-be-released films seem better positioned to ignite a sustained revival of the marriage of scriptural message with opulent production values: Director Timur Bekmambetov's updating of "Ben-Hur" and "Risen," a Resurrection-focused drama directed and co-written by Kevin Reynolds.

MOVIES: Dora and the Lost City of Gold

NEW YORK (CNS) — Teenage and grown viewers will find much to cheer about in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (Paramount).

MOVIES: Toy Story 4

NEW YORK (CNS) — Just how good are the hotshots behind “Toy Story 4” (Disney)?