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“Firestarter” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "Firestarter." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service For all its pyrotechnic special effects, director Keith Thomas’ screen version of Stephen King’s sci-fi horror novel, previously adapted by Mark Lester in 1984, fails to ignite. Having inherited paranormal abilities from her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), who obtained their own gifts after being experimented on as college students, […]

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“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (Disney)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong star in a scene from the movie "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Marvel Studios)

By Catholic News Service The sequel to 2016’s “Doctor Strange” lives up to its name: a maddening, multidimensional, decidedly strange, if typically “Marvel”-ous movie based on the comic book series and directed by Sam Raimi. The neurosurgeon turned wizard (Benedict Cumberbatch) seeks to protect a young woman (Xochitl Gomez) who has the ability to travel […]

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“The Northman” (Focus)

Alexander Skarsgard and Anya Taylor-Joy star in a scene from the movie "The Northman." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Aidan Monaghan, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Grotesque bloodletting and ambiguous morality outweigh the artistic merits and potential interest of this Viking epic, set at the turn of the 10th century and drawn from the same legend on which Shakespeare based his tragedy “Hamlet.” Traumatized by witnessing his uncle’s (Claes Bang) murder of his father (Ethan Hawke) and […]

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“The Bad Guys” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "The Bad Guys." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Pictures)

By Catholic News Service High-octane animated caper comedy in which a criminal gang of anthropomorphized animals in Los Angeles (voiced by Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos and Awkwafina) endeavor to steal a valuable award statuette but are caught in the act. As California’s governor (voice of Zazie Beetz) prepares to hand them […]

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“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the 2022 film "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Tepid third installment in the fantasy franchise that began in 2016 with an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter”-related novel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Returning director David Yates takes viewers on a trot around the globe of the early 1930s and marshals imposing special effects. Yet, as scripted […]

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“Father Stu” (Columbia)

Mark Wahlberg stars in a scene from the movie "Father Stu." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Hard-edged yet deeply moving dramatization of the life of Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg). With the continuance of his somewhat successful boxing career rendered too dangerous by a medical condition, he moves to Los Angeles and tries to reinvent himself as a Hollywood star, winding up instead as a directionless supermarket clerk. […]

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“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (Paramount)

Jim Carrey stars in a scene from the movie "Sonic The Hedgehog 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (CNS photo/Paramount Pictures and Sega of America)

By Catholic News Service In this follow-up to the film franchise’s 2020 kickoff, returning director Jeff Fowler and his trio of screenwriters rely on a pretty simple formula: intersperse chase sequences with wisecracks. As a result, their mix of animation and live action makes no more demands on its audience than a session of playing […]

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“Ambulance” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "Ambulance." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Director Michael Bay’s tense crime drama centers on an Afghan War vet (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who gets caught up in a bank heist masterminded by his mentally unstable adoptive brother (Jake Gyllenhaal). When the crime goes awry, they hijack an ambulance in which a paramedic (Eiza Gonz├ílez) is struggling to treat […]

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“Morbius” (Columbia)

Jared Leto stars in a scene from the movie "Morbius." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Jared Leto stars in this drab Marvel Comics-based adventure, directed by Daniel Espinosa. He plays the gifted physician of the title who, in attempting to cure the blood disease from which he has suffered since childhood, partially succeeds but with the rather alarming side effect that he frequently transforms into a […]

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“The Lost City” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "The Lost City," staring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Crowd-pleasing blend of action, comedy and love story in which a widowed romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped by a crazed billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes her latest book, based in part on research she did years earlier with her archaeologist husband, holds the key to finding a fabulous treasure buried […]

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