Richard speaks to “CTV News at Six” anchor Andria Case about the best movies and television to watch this weekend including the Apple TV+ special “Mariah Christmas: The Magic Continues,” the Kieran Culkin movie “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” on Starz and the Jake Gyllenhaal film “Stronger” on Starz.
The title sounds ripped from the headlines, but is actually from a 1994 novel by the late Chris Fuhrman, who died of cancer before the book was released. The story centers around a group of teenaged boys who attend Catholic school. Their ringleader Tim (Kieran Culkin) is a prankster who schemes to get revenge on Sister Assumpta (Jody Foster), the joyless, strict nun with a prosthetic leg. They create a “blasphemous” comic book, and plan to kidnap a cougar from the zoo to give her a fright. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a darkly comic, touching coming-of-age story that could have turned into by-the-book teenage drivel, but is rescued by the performances of Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch and Jena Malone and some very cool animation by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.