“Capone” (Vertical)

Tom Hardy stars in a scene from the 2020 movie "Capone." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Alan Markfield, Vertical Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service

Queasy biographical drama tracking the last year in the life of legendary kingpin Al Capone (Tom Hardy). Dying of neurosyphilis, the recently paroled tax evasion convict rambles around his Florida mansion hallucinating and grunting incoherently. His loyal wife (Linda Cardellini) tries to comfort him and his estranged son (Mason Guccione) works from a distance to reestablish their relationship. But the visit of an old associate (Matt Dillon) eventually stirs up traumatic memories of the past.

Hideously graphic in its portrayal of mob cruelty, writer-director and editor Josh Trank’s deeply unpleasant film is otherwise largely pointless.

Scenes of excessively gory violence including torture, gruesome sites, explicit sexual activity, much scatological material, at least one mild oath, pervasive rough language, about a half-dozen crude terms, an obscene gesture. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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