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“The Marksman” (Open Road)

Liam Neeson stars in a scene from the movie "The Marksman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ryan Sweeney, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Well-intentioned but sketchy actioner in which a gruff ex-Marine (Liam Neeson) living on the Arizona-Mexico border reluctantly undertakes to transport an orphaned refugee (Jacob Perez) targeted by the minions of a drug cartel (led by Juan Pablo Raba) to safety with relatives in Chicago. Catholic imagery puts in an occasional appearance […]

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“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros.)

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine star in a scene from the movie "Wonder Woman 1984." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2017 outing for the DC Comics superhero (Gal Gadot), helmed by returning director Patty Jenkins, is an entertaining, old-fashioned popcorn movie that conveys good messages about self-sacrifice, helping one’s neighbor and the twin evils of greed and selfishness. Seven decades have passed since the action of the […]

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“News of the World” (Universal)

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel star in the movie "News of the World." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Epic adventure, set in 1870 Texas, in which a Confederate veteran (Tom Hanks) accidentally becomes the temporary guardian of a 10-year-old orphan girl (Helena Zengel) and reluctantly undertakes a journey of hundreds of miles to deliver her to her only surviving relatives. Director and co-writer Paul Greengrass’ visually expansive yet emotionally […]

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“Monster Hunter” (Screen Gems)

Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa star in a scene from the movie "Monster Hunter." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Coco Van Oppens, Constantin Film)

By Catholic News Service In adapting the eponymous video game, writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson has constructed a film made up almost entirely of action sequences untrammeled by exposition. Together with the squadron under her command, an Army Ranger (genre veteran Milla Jovovich) has fallen through a portal from Earth into a world teeming with […]

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“Fatale” (Lionsgate)

Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy star in a scene from the movie "Fatale." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Scott Everett White, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service A distant cousin to 1987’s “Fatal Attraction,” this revenge thriller, directed by Deon Taylor, ramps up the sexual tension, suspense and violence in a complex game of cat and mouse that’s as shocking as it is preposterous and, for those inclined to take it seriously, morally confused. A wealthy sports agent […]

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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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