“Countdown” (STX)

Elizabeth Lail stars in a scene from the movie "Countdown." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STXfilms)

The Catholic Post

Occasionally effective horror story about a haunted phone app that tells victims exactly when they’ll die. A plucky nurse (Elizabeth Lail) becomes the chief opponent of the demon (Dirk Rogers) behind it all, defending her younger sister (Talitha Bateman) with the help of a quirky priest (P.J. Byrne) whose methods are occult rather than Catholic.

Though writer-director Justin Dec’s film is quite clearly aimed with precision at teens, the amount of vulgar talk included in the dialogue precludes its endorsement for them.

An occult theme, some gore, brief physical violence, a few profanities, frequent crude 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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