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“Godzilla vs. Kong” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "Godzilla vs. Kong." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Visually spectacular but dramatically feeble creature feature from director Adam Wingard. In following up both 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Kong: Skull Island” from 2017, screenwriters Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein entangle the titular showdown in the varied strands of interaction among an ensemble cast with the result that […]

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“Nobody” (Universal)

RZA, Bob Odenkirk and Christopher Lloyd star in a scene from the movie "Nobody." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Allen Fraser, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A mild-mannered suburban family man (Bob Odenkirk) gets caught up in an escalating cycle of crime and violence after thieves break into his house. What his opponents, who eventual include a Russian mob boss (Alexey Serebryakov), initially fail to realize, though, is that he is a highly skilled former military operative […]

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“The Father” (Sony Classics)

Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star in a scene from the movie "The Father." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Sean Gleason, Sony Classics)

By Catholic News Service While this drama has nothing new to say about the challenges of dementia, it does present the difficulties resulting from that illness in an innovative way. In adapting his play with co-screenwriter Christopher Hampton, director Florian Zeller portrays the mental confusion of a man in his 80s (Anthony Hopkins) by keeping […]

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“Yes Day” (Netflix)

Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner and Everyl Carganilla star in a scene from the movie "Yes Day." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Matt Kennedy, Netflix)

By Catholic News Service At the suggestion of a teacher (Nat Faxon), a once-adventurous and fun-loving couple (Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramírez) who fear they have become overly strict parents offer their children (Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner and Everly Carganilla) the experience of the title, a 24-hour period during which the kids make the rules […]

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“Chaos Walking” (Lionsgate)

Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star in a scene from the movie "Chaos Walking." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Murray Close, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Dull dystopian science fiction drama, set in the distant future on a planet colonized by humans, pairs a teen inhabitant (Tom Holland) of its all-male community with a recently arrived astronaut (Daisy Ridley), the first woman he has ever seen. As they journey in search of a communications device that will […]

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“Raya and the Last Dragon” (Disney)

This is a scene from the animated move "Raya and the Last Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service To defeat the dark force that has brought turmoil to her once-tranquil world and turned many of its inhabitants into stone statues, a teen (voice of Kelly Marie Tran) teams with a dragon (voice of Awkwafina) on a quest to reunite the five fragments of a magical gem that, once made […]

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“Boogie” (Focus)

Taylor Takahashi and Pop Smoke star in a scene from the movie "Boogie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/David Giesbrecht, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Streetwise and sullen sports drama in which the aspirations of a New York City high school basketball star (newcomer Taylor Takahashi) to gain a college scholarship and eventually join the NBA are hindered by several factors. These include his disrespect for all but one (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) of his fellow players, […]

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“The Mauritanian” (STX)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "The Mauritanian." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Graham Bartholomew, STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Director Kevin Macdonald’s fact-based film doesn’t adhere to the conventions of a legal drama or a police procedural. Instead, it focuses on the moral implications of the struggle to free a falsely accused prisoner (Tahar Rahim), with brilliant results. In adapting Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s 2015 memoir “Guantanamo Diary,” screenwriters M.B. Traven, […]

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“Tom & Jerry” (Warner Bros)

This is the movie poster for "Tom & Jerry." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service More than 80 years after their creation by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the cat and mouse of the title remain natural-born enemies in their latest comedic adventure, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation. When rodent Jerry takes up residence behind the floorboards of a posh New York hotel, a new […]

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“Blithe Spirit” (IFC)

Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens star in a scene from the movie "Blithe Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Angus Young, IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service As part of the research for a screenplay he’s writing, a celebrated crime novelist (Dan Stevens) invites a well-meaning but inept medium (Judi Dench) to conduct a seance at his home, during which she unwittingly conjures up the specter of his late wife (Leslie Mann), significantly complicating his relationship with his […]

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