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“Freaky” (Universal)

Misha Osherovich, Melissa Collazo, Kathryn Newton and Celeste O'Connor star in a scene from the movie "Freaky." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Gruesome bloodletting squelches any potential enjoyment that might be had from this combination of horror and comedy, intended as a teen-victim slasher movie riff on the body-swapping genre typified by the various film adaptations of author Mary Rodgers’ 1972 children’s novel “Freaky Friday.” In this case, the exchange takes place between a vicious […]

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“Let Him Go” (Focus)

Diane Lane and Kevin Costner star in a scene from the movie "Let Him Go." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Kimberley French, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In mid-1960s Montana, a retired sheriff (Kevin Costner) and his strong-willed wife (Diane Lane) are concerned for the welfare of their young grandson after their widowed daughter-in-law (Kayli Carter) and her physically abusive second husband (Will Brittain) abruptly leave town and move in with his family in North Dakota. Traveling there […]

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“Come Play” (Focus)

Gavin MacIver-Wright, Winslow Fegley, Azhy Robertson and Jayden Marine star in a scene from the movie "Come Play." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Jasper Savage, Amblin Partners via Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Reasonably effective and refreshingly gore-free monster movie in which an isolated 8-year-old autistic boy (Azhy Robertson) is stalked by an otherworldly creature who pretends to want to befriend him but in fact has a far darker design in mind. With her marriage (to John Gallagher Jr.) breaking down, the lad’s mom (Gillian Jacobs) […]

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“Honest Thief” (Open Road)

Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh star in a scene from the movie "Honest Thief." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service An entertaining action thriller, this fast-paced game of cat-and-mouse between a bank robber with a conscience and a duo of crooked cops, directed and co-written by Mark Williams, offers its protagonist, should he prevail, two prizes: a shot at redemption and the love of a good woman. The eponymous criminal (Liam […]

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“The War With Grandpa” (101 Studios)

Robert De Niro and Oakes Fegley star in a scene from the movie "The War with Grandpa." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/101 Studios)

By Catholic News Service In director Tom Hill’s flimsy comedy, adapted from Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel for children, a recently widowed retiree (Robert De Niro) is convinced by his daughter (Uma Thurman) to move in with her family and is given the bedroom previously occupied by his preteen grandson (Oakes Fegley), who is exiled to […]

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“Yellow Rose” (Sony)

Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson star in a scene from the movie "Yellow Rose." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A Filipina (Eva Noblezada) living in Texas but lacking legal papers faces a series of challenges as she dreams of, and works toward, a career in country music. Her fledgling boyfriend (Liam Booth), the bar owner (Libby Villari) who hires her and the established star (Dale Watson, playing himself) who mentors […]

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“Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton” (ArtAffects)

This is a movie poster for the 2020 documentary "Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Family Theater Productions)

By Catholic News Service Moving documentary chronicles the life of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), founder of the Family Rosary movement and tireless advocate of strengthening marital and familial ties through prayer of all kinds. Filmmaker Jonathan Cipiti uses archival recordings and footage as well as interviews with collaborators, friends and those influenced by […]

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“Kajillionaire” (Focus)

Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins star in a scene from the movie "Kajillionaire." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Barren comedy about the emotionally repressed 26-year-old daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of two inveterate petty thieves (Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins) who finds her drab world transformed when a vibrant stranger (Gina Rodriguez) joins up with the family. As the quartet targets lonely senior citizens, the two women fall for each […]

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“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)

Janelle Monae stars in a scene from the movie "Antebellum." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service What seems at first to be a historical drama centered on the horrific experiences of an enslaved woman (Janelle Monae) and two of her peers (Tongayi Chirisa and Kiersey Clemons) on a Louisiana cotton plantation (run by Eric Lange and Jack Huston) appears later to be only an extended nightmare in […]

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“Infidel” (Cloudburst)

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

By Catholic News Service Invited to appear on Egyptian television, a Christian blogger (Jim Caviezel) asserts the divinity of Jesus on air, for which presumed insult to Islam he’s abducted and tortured first by the Hezbollah in Lebanon and later by Iranian terrorists. The efforts of his wife (Claudia Karvan), a State Department employee, to […]

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