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“Just Getting Started” (Broad Green)

Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo star in a scene from the movie "Just Getting Started." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lewis Jacobs, Broad Green Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This dismal attempt at comedy pits the old goat (Morgan Freeman) who manages a Palm Springs resort for retirees against his establishment’s newest guest (Tommy Lee Jones) in a competition that spans the golf links, the poker table and the chess board. It aims at, but never quite reaches, the boudoirs […]

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“The Disaster Artist” (A24)

James Franco stars in a scene from the movie "The Disaster Artist." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/A24)

By Catholic News Service The eccentricities of a notorious self-funding filmmaker (James Franco, who also directed) and the story of the friendship (with Dave Franco) that led to the making of his famously bad 2003 movie “The Room” provide steady laughs but will also touch viewers’ hearts as the relationship at the center of this […]

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“The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bleecker Street)

Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer star in a scene from the movie "The Man Who Invented Christmas." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Bleecker Street)

By Catholic News Service This charming fact-based historical drama tells the origin story of Victorian author Charles Dickens’ (Dan Stevens) beloved novella, “A Christmas Carol.” With his last three titles having failed to sell, Dickens fears falling into debt if his next production is equally unpopular. As he struggles with writer’s block and the endless […]

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“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 […]

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“Coco” (Disney)

Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, appear in the animated movie "Coco." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service A young Mexican lad’s (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) quest to follow in the footsteps of his hometown’s most famous son (voice of Benjamin Bratt) by becoming a world-renowned musician takes a supernatural turn on the Day of the Dead when he is mysteriously transported to the afterlife as depicted in the […]

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“Lady Bird” (A24)

Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig star in a scene from the movie "Lady Bird." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/A24)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Greta Gerwig’s sensitive autobiographical account of growing up in Sacramento, California while testing her boundaries with both her family and her parochial school is pleasing in some respects but teeth-grating in a couple of others. In particular, a sexual encounter in which the title character (Saoirse Ronan) is a bit […]

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“Justice League” (Warner Bros.)

Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller star in a scene from the movie "Justice League." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service With Superman (Henry Cavill) dead, and the world threatened by a giant alien (Ciaran Hinds) with a scheme to unleash apocalyptic destruction, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) assemble a team of superheroes or, in DC Comics parlance, metahumans — the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg […]

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“Wonder” (Lionsgate)

Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts star in a scene from the movie "Wonder." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Gentle, moving drama about a 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) born with facial deformities and his struggle to win acceptance from his peers as he transitions from being educated at home to attendingĀ the fifth grade of his local middle school. His sympathetic parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) offer support as does […]

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“The Star” (Sony)

Animated characters appear in the movie "The Star." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I, general patronage. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Delightful animated version of the Christmas story, told from the perspective of some of the animals present in the manger. Chief among them is a gentle donkey (voice of Steven Yeun) from Nazareth who yearns to exchange his life of drudgery working in a grain mill for the fame and prestige […]

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“Let There Be Light” (Atlas)

Kevin and Sam Sorbo, with their real-life children Shane and Braeden, portray the Harkens family in a scene from the movie "Let There Be Light." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Let There Be Light)

By Catholic News Service Evangelical Christian drama with a familiar plot: A wayward sinner, in this case a famous atheist author (Kevin Sorbo, who also directed), undergoes a change of heart. His conversion is sparked by a near-death experience during which he is temporarily reunited with the young son (Ethan Jones) whose untimely demise from […]

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