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“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate)

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek star in a scene from the movie "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/David Appleby, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Needlessly gory, this action-comedy sequel also presents a debased view of sexual intimacy between spouses. The couple are the titular contract killer (Samuel L. Jackson) and the con woman (Salma Hayek) he has just married. At the behest of a Boston police officer (Frank Grillo) working for Interpol, the duo is […]

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“A Father’s Legacy” (Cinedigm)

Tobin Bell stars in a scene from the movie "A Father's Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Jason Mac wrote, directed and stars in this fatherhood-themed drama, playing a reluctant armed robber who, following a heist in which he was wounded, forcibly takes refuge in the secluded cabin of a solitary widower (Tobin Bell), thus dramatically interrupting the latter’s tranquil routine. Recognizing that his captor is no hardened […]

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“In the Heights” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "In the Heights." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Vibrant musical, set in northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights, charts the efforts of a youthful bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) to return to his native Dominican Republic, the scene of his idealized childhood, and reopen the beachside bar his father once ran there. But this “little dream” has complicated implications for his warmhearted […]

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“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Columbia)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The beloved characters created by Beatrix Potter in her series of children’s books stray even further from their amiable roots in this sequel to the 2018 film, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation once again directed and co-written by Will Gluck. A slick publisher (David Oyelowo) promises fame and […]

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“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service In the early 1980s, do-it-yourself exorcists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren work to clear a youth (Ruairi O’Connor) accused of a brutal murder by proving that he was under demonic control when he committed the crime. They’re aided by the accused’s live-in girlfriend (Sarah Catherine Hook) and by […]

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“Spirit Untamed” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "Spirit Untamed." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service After her antics become too much for the aunt (voice of Julianne Moore) and grandfather (voice of Joe Hart) by whom she’s been raised, a rebellious city-bred girl (voice of Isabela Merced) is sent off to the small frontier town where her risk-loving mother’s (voice of Eiza Gonzalez) career as a […]

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“A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount)

Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe star in a scene from the movie "A Quiet Place Part II." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS /Jonny Cournoyer, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up drains away the suspense, analogies and underlying message about family bonds from the 2018 original in order to set up a franchise reminiscent of an immersive dystopian theme-park ride. In the absence of the family patriarch he played last time out, returning director John Krasinski, who also takes over […]

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“Cruella” (Disney)

Emma Stone stars in a scene from the movie "Cruella." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

By Catholic News Service Live-action origin story for the villain of Dodie Smith’s 1956 children’s novel, first seen on screen in the 1961 animated adaptation “101 Dalmatians.” Originally called Estella (Emma Stone), she dreams of conquering 1970s London as a fashion designer and is thrilled to be taken under the wing of the ruthless reigning […]

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“Those Who Wish Me Dead” (Warner Bros.)

Angelina Jolie stars in a scene from the movie "Those Who Wish Me Dead." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Emerson Miller, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Haunted by a forest fire tragedy for which she blames herself, an emotionally isolated, self-destructive smokejumper (Angelina Jolie) is forced to pull herself together when a young boy (Finn Little) being tracked by the assassins (Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult) who killed his father (Jake Weber), an accountant who uncovered explosive […]

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“Finding You” (Roadside)

Jedidiah Goodacre and Rose Reid star in a scene from the movie "Finding You." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Anthony Courtney, Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service In adapting Jenny B. Jones’ 2011 young adult novel “There I’ll Find You” into a romantic comedy, writer-director Brian Baugh has somewhat downplayed the book’s Christian themes. Yet a sense of God’s providence and care does seep into this coming-of-age story about an aspiring violinist (Rose Reid) who, on the rebound […]

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