“Meg 2: The Trench” (Warner Bros.)

Movie poster for "Meg 2: The Trench" produced by Warner Bros. OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros)

By OSV News Unintended comedy paces the boredom-inducing banality of this follow-up to a 2018 feature about the accidental unleashing of an outsized prehistoric shark. Jason Statham returns as the deep-sea diver of the original who now busies himself as a palooka of an environmental warrior. When not rumbling with polluters, he continues exploring the […]

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” (Paramount)

This is the publicity poster for the movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” The OSV News classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Paramount)

In rebooting a decades-old franchise via CGI animation, director and co-writer Jeff Rowe has the titular testudines (voices of Nicolas Cantu, Shamon Brown Jr., Micah Abbey and Brady Noon) take a meditative turn. Though consistently warned to avoid humans by their adoptive father and mentor (voice of Jackie Chan), a giant rat, they’ve begun to […]

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“Talk to Me” (A24)

Sophie Wilde stars in a scene from the movie “Talk to Me.” The OSV News classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling.(OSV News photo/A24)

By OSV News Australian horror yarn starts with the premise that by grasping a mysterious severed and embalmed hand and saying the titular phrase, people can conjure up, and subsequently be briefly possessed by, the spirits of the deceased. A teen girl (Sophie Wilde) still mourning the recent death of her mother and seeking popularity […]

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“Haunted Mansion” (Disney)

Lindsay Lamb stars in a scene from the movie Haunted Mansion.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Disney)

By OSV News Set in New Orleans, director Justin Simien’s adaptation of a theme park attraction features an ensemble cast (led by LaKeith Stanfield as a skeptical scientist) most of whose characters are united by the fact that, having visited the titular dwelling, one or another of its various ghosts has followed them home, eventually […]

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“Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie star in a scene from the movie “Barbie.” The OSV News classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros.)

By OSV News Tedious ideology-driven comedy in which the Mattel doll of the title (Margot Robbie) and her male sidekick (Ryan Gosling) leave the feminist paradise they’ve always inhabited and journey to the real world where she discovers the tribulations, and he the joys, of patriarchy. With male dominance threatening to ruin Barbie Land, the […]

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“Oppenheimer” (Universal)

Cillian Murphy stars in the movie “Oppenheimer.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Melinda Sue Gordon, Universal)

By OSV News Impressive but uneven portrait of the famed theoretical physicist of the title (Cillian Murphy in a complex portrayal) who died in 1967, aged 62. Writer-director Christopher Nolan compellingly depicts both the scientist’s collaboration with a hard-driving Army general (Matt Damon) in the race to develop the atomic bomb during World War II […]

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“The Miracle Club” (Sony Classics)

Laura Linney and Mark O'Halloran star in a scene from the movie “The Miracle Club." The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Jonathan Hession, Sony Classics)

By OSV News A pilgrimage to Lourdes provides the framework for this tender tale about long-festering emotional wounds and the possibilities of reconciliation and renewed relationships. In a hardscrabble neighborhood of 1967 Dublin, two best friends (Maggie Smith and Kathy Bates) excitedly prepare to journey to the sacred destination in the company of a third […]

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“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” (Paramount)

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie “Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One.” The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Christian Black, Paramount Pictures and Skydance)

By OSV News Slick, vibrant seventh adventure for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his band of plausibly deniable espionage collaborators (principally Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg). This time out, they’re not only up against human villains (Esai Morales, Vanessa Kirby) but an experimental Artificial Intelligence project run amok and intent on ruling the world as […]

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“Insidious: The Red Door” (Sony)

Patrick Wilson stars in a scene from the movie “Insidious: The Red Door.” The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Boris Martin, Sony)

By OSV News A decade after being hypnotized to erase the memories of the paranormal trauma they had suffered in this franchise’s 2011 kick-off, a father (Patrick Wilson, who also directed) and his now college-age son (Ty Simpkins) find that such artificially induced forgetfulness is not a permanent solution since their persistent demonic tormentors have […]

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“Joy Ride” (Lionsgate)

Sabrina Wu, Ashley Park, Stephanie Hsu, and Sherry Cola star in a scene from the movie “Joy Ride.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Ed Araquel, Lionsgate)

By OSV News Raunchy comic road movie in which an Asian American lawyer (Ashley Park) embarks on a crucial business trip to China accompanied by her best friend since childhood (Sherry Cola), a quirky artist whose command of Mandarin qualifies her to serve as interpreter. The duo soon becomes a quartet with the addition of […]

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