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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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“Nomadland” (Searchlight)

Frances McDormand stars in a scene from the movie "Nomadland." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Searchlight Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A sense of loneliness pervades this poignant drama in which Frances McDormand gives a bravura performance as a working-class widow from a failed factory town who takes to the road in search of seasonal employment, becoming part of a subculture of marginalized nomads who move from one trailer park to the […]

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“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)

Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield star in a scene from the movie "Judas and the Black Messiah." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Glen Wilson, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Compelling fact-based drama, set in the late 1960s, in which a Chicago car thief (LaKeith Stanfield) facing a long prison term agrees to infiltrate the local chapter of the Black Panther Party and supply information to an FBI agent (Jesse Plemons) about the activities of its charismatic chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel […]

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“Land” (Focus)

Demian Bichir and Robin Wright star in a scene from the movie "Land." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Daniel Power, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In actress Robin Wright’s feature debut as a director, she also plays a woman so paralyzed by grief over the loss of her husband and young son that she leaves the world behind to become a hermit in a small, isolated cabin amid the mountains of Wyoming. Having deprived herself of […]

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