A moral force or a fake? A closer look at Tyler Perry’s Madea

The arrival of “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral,” billed as the last of Perry’s 11 films featuring his signature alter ego, Mabel “Madea” Simmons, would appear to be an ideal opportunity for reflection on what this character has meant as a moral force.

Movie: ‘Greta’

Regrets about “Greta” (Focus)? You’ll have a few. But this psychological thriller still rises to the level of a guilty pleasure thanks to the abundant talent of its lead players, Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Movie – ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

In his 1922 book “What I Saw in America,” the great Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton reflects on how beautiful New York’s Times Square would be for someone who couldn’t read. Similarly, the animated adventure “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal) would benefit from being shown without sound.

Movie: ‘Fighting With My Family’

You can’t judge a book by its cover — or, in this case, a film by its title. “Fighting With My Family” (MGM) turns out to be an entertaining comedy-drama despite its off-putting name.