“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Columbia)

Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell star in star in a scene from the movie "Roman J. Israel, Esq." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service

Generally intriguing character study, set in Los Angeles, in which an eccentric civil rights lawyer (Denzel Washington) finds his ideals put to the test when the critical illness of his senior partner leads to the dissolution of their firm, and he is offered a much-needed job by a successful acquaintance (Colin Farrell) he considers a sellout.

Though the dialogue in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s drama — which also features Carmen Ejogo as a social activist — sometimes lapses into political rhetoric, the moral shadings of the two main characters keep the proceedings from becoming dull.

Possibly acceptable for older teens. Fleeting off-screen violence, several uses of profanity and a milder oath, a single rough term, occasional crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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