Movie: ‘Free State of Jones’

NEW YORK (CNS) –- The ambitious historical drama “Free State of Jones” (STX) considers a little-known aspect of the Civil War: armed dissent within the South born of opposition to how the war was being conducted and to the principal reason it began. Earnest and frequently riveting, the movie revolves around Newton Knight, the Mississippi […]

Movie ‘Central Intelligence’

NEW YORK (CNS) — A high IQ is not a prerequisite for seeing “Central Intelligence” (Warner Bros.). What this dimwitted action comedy demands instead are stamina and perseverance. Yet another entry in the long roster of buddy films, as directed and co-written by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “Central Intelligence” aims high with a pair of oversized […]

Movie: ‘Warcraft’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Anyone who has ever doubted the genius of Catholic novelist J.R.R. Tolkien need look no further than the heavy-handed video game adaptation “Warcraft” (Universal) for confirmation of his gifts. Populated by orcs, wizards, dwarves and elves, as well as more or less ordinary human beings, director and co-writer Duncan Jones’ film […]

DC’s ‘rebirth’: a return to happy superheroes?

NEW YORK (CNS) — Superheroes have gotten too serious. That’s the takeaway from “DC Universe: Rebirth,” the famed publisher’s new series of comics through which it aims to retool its cosmos. The company’s creative director, Geoff Johns, recently said that he wants “more hope and optimism” in comics. Works like “Watchmen,” “The Dark Knight Returns” […]