“Doctor Sleep” (Warner Bros.)

Ewan McGregor stars in a scene from the movie "Doctor Sleep." 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

Disturbing horror sequel to 1980’s “The Shining” finds the psychic little boy of that film grown into a troubled hospice orderly (Ewan McGregor) who unites with a similarly gifted teen girl (Kyliegh Curran) to combat an occult band of wanderers (led by Rebecca Ferguson) who torture and murder clairvoyant kids and use their life essence to keep themselves young.

Working from the 2013 novel by Stephen King, writer-director Mike Flanagan takes his time and effectively builds up a macabre mood. But the unsettling premise and intermittent graphic mayhem make his polished movie appropriate for few.

An occult theme, scenes of harsh, gory violence, including the torture of a child, some gruesome sights, drug use, full female nudity in a nonsexual context, off-screen casual sex, at least one profanity, a couple of milder oaths, several rough terms, occasional crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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