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“The Innocents” (Music Box)

This is a scene from the movie "The Innocents." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Music Box Films)

By Catholic News Service Luminescent, unflinchingly honest and respectful of religion, director Anne Fontaine’s drama about a fictional Benedictine convent in post- World War II Poland gently explores the conflicts between duty to the living and the shattered faith that can result from acts of depravity. The screenplay by Sabrina B. Karine and Alice Vial […]

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“War Dogs” (Warner Bros.)

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill star in scene from the movie "War Dogs." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Two young men from Miami become arms merchants in a fact-based movie that hovers between raucous comedy and serious expose. Through an initiative designed to let small businesses get a slice of the military-spending pie, a college dropout (Miles Teller) with a wife and daughter to support and his long-lost pal from […]

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“Ben-Hur” (Paramount)

Jack Huston stars in a scene from the movie " Ben-Hur." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc)

By Catholic News Service Though reasonably satisfying as an action picture, this iteration of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel suffers from a poorly written script that fails to convince when the classic story’s religious theme comes to the fore. First-century Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) lives a prosperous life in Jerusalem where he carries on […]

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“Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus)

Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson, is seen in the animated movie "Kubo and the Two Strings." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Captivating animated fable about a Japanese street urchin (voice of Art Parkinson) whose troubled family history launches him on a quest for a magical set of armor. He’s accompanied, and protected, on the journey by a prudent monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron) and by a courageous but accursed samurai (voice of […]

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“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount)

Meryl Streep and Simon Helberg star in a scene from the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Moral complications limit the appropriate audience for director Stephen Frears’ charmingly eccentric, fact-based profile of the titular New York socialite (Meryl Streep) whose yearning to take to the stage as a singer of operatic arias and similar works, though motivated by a genuine love of music, was undercut by her spectacular […]

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“Pete’s Dragon” (Disney)

Oakes Fegley stars in a scene from the movie "Pete's Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service The classic boy-and-his-dog story assumes outsized proportions in this generally warmhearted fantasy adventure, a “reimagining” of the 1977 Disney musical. This go-round, song and dance have been jettisoned, and hokeyness gives way to thrilling action and tear-jerking moments. Orphaned by a tragic accident, a toddler (Levi Alexander) wanders into a remote […]

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“Sausage Party” (Columbia)

Food characters are shown in a scene from the animated movie "Sausage Party." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Animated food items push an atheist agenda and glorify the basest forms of carnality in this disgusting spitball of a comedy from directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. The inhabitants of a suburban supermarket — most prominently a sausage (voice of Seth Rogen) and his girlfriend, a bun (voice of Kristen […]

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World Youth Day in Poland ignites pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria

Current or former students of Peoria Notre High School kneel along with about 2 million other World Youth Day pilgrims during a prayer vigil with Pope Francis in a “Field of Mercy” outside Krakow, Poland on July 30. From left are Maddie Conley and Mary Rockwell, both now students at Bradley University in Peoria; Grace Conley, a Peoria Notre Dame junior; and Lauren Schuler, a student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. (Provided photo/The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary)

Inspiring.  A blessed experience.  Indescribable. Amazing. Really hard at times.  A game-changer. About 50 pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria are home from a World Youth Day experience in late July with Pope Francis in Poland they find impossible to adequately describe, but are compelled to share. “It was a very blessed experience, but something […]

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“Nine Lives” (EuropaCorp)

Melina Weissman, Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken star in a scene from the movie "Nine Lives." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/EuropaCorp)

By Catholic News Service The formidable Kevin Spacey wanders through this wreck of a comedy playing a callous business tycoon who learns important life lessons when he’s forced, temporarily, to inhabit the body of a cat. This transformation, brought about in fulfillment of some dark hints about the mogul’s future made by the vaguely mysterious […]

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“Cafe Society” (Lionsgate)

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg star in a scene from the movie "Cafe Society." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Woody Allen’s seriocomic look at romance follows a Depression-era Bronx lad (Jesse Eisenberg) to Los Angeles, where he gets a job with his uncle (Steve Carell), a powerful Hollywood agent. But when his relationship with the agent’s lissome secretary (Kristen Stewart) leads to disillusionment, he returns to New York to […]

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