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“Scoob!” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Scoob!" The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents.(CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Bland animated addition to the Scooby-Doo franchise that began as a Saturday morning TV show in 1969. Opening with an origins story of the bond between a future laid-back beatnik (voice of Will Forte) and his faithful dog (voice of Frank Welker), director Tony Cervone’s adventure then jumps forward a decade […]

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“Capone” (Vertical)

Tom Hardy stars in a scene from the 2020 movie "Capone." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Alan Markfield, Vertical Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Queasy biographical drama tracking the last year in the life of legendary kingpin Al Capone (Tom Hardy). Dying of neurosyphilis, the recently paroled tax evasion convict rambles around his Florida mansion hallucinating and grunting incoherently. His loyal wife (Linda Cardellini) tries to comfort him and his estranged son (Mason Guccione) works […]

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“How to Build a Girl” (IFC)

Beanie Feldstein, right, stars in a scene from the movie "How to Build a Girl." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/IFC)

By Catholic News Service There’s a tension within this coming-of-age comedy, set in Northern England, between the generally upbeat personality of its precocious 16-year-old protagonist (Beanie Feldstein) and the seaminess of some of the mistakes to which she falls prey on her path to maturity. Smart but socially awkward, she relies heavily on her close-knit […]

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“The Wretched” (IFC Midnight)

John-Paul Howard stars in a scene from the movie "The Wretched." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy IFC Midnight)

By Catholic News Service After a witch who preys on children takes possession of the wife and mother (Zarah Mahler) next door, endangering her little boy (Blane Crockarell), a teen (John-Paul Howard) who has just moved in with his father (Jamison Jones) as his parents prepare to divorce struggles to combat the evil sorceress, aided […]

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“True History of the Kelly Gang” (IFC)

Essie Davis and Orlando Schwerdt star in a scene from the movie "True History of the Kelly Gang." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service Brutal reimagining of the life and legacy of Australia’s famous 19th-century outlaw, Ned Kelly, played in childhood by Orlando Schwerdt and as an adult by George MacKay. In adapting Peter Carey’s 2000 novel, screenwriter Shaun Grant and director Justin Kurzel trace the bush ranger’s volatile relationship with his fierce mother (Essie […]

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“Selah and the Spades” (Amazon)

Lovie Simone and Jharrel Jerome star in a scene from the movie "Selah and the Spades." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service An elite private high school becomes the unlikely setting for a study of criminality as the graduating leader (Lovie Simone) of a gang that supplies their fellow students with narcotics and alcohol finds a protege (Celeste O’Connor) to train in Machiavellian tactics. While her new friend’s star rises, her right-hand man’s […]

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“We Summon the Darkness” (Saban/Amazon Prime)

Alexandra Daddario, Logan Miller, Maddie Hasson and Amy Forsyth star in a scene from the movie "We Summon the Darkness." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy LB Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service This low-budget Satan worship-themed slasher film was apparently intended partly as an homage to 1980s horror movies. Devoid of coherent dialogue or action and punctuated by desultory stabbings and fleeting theological proclamations, it is instead simply a mess. As three rebellious girls in 1988 Indiana (Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson and Amy […]

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“Trolls World Tour” (Universal)

Animated characters Mr. Dinkles, Biggie, Poppy and Branch are seen in the movie "Trolls World Tour." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

By Catholic News Service Animated musical follow-up to the 2016 original in which the pair at the center of the first story, the ever-optimistic queen (voice of Anna Kendrick) of the pop-music trolls and her more fearful best friend (voice of Justin Timberlake) discover that there are other nations of their kind, each dedicated to […]

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“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus)

Sidney Flanigan stars in a scene from the movie "Never Rarely Sometimes Always." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service To avoid her home state’s legal requirement that she obtain her parents’ permission to have an abortion, a 17-year-old high school student (Sidney Flanigan) from rural Pennsylvania travels to New York City seeking the procedure. She’s accompanied by her cousin (Talia Ryder) with whom she bonds and the pair meet a […]

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“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)

This is a scene from the movie "Slay The Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Magnolia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted but distinctly partisan documentary examining the impact of gerrymandering on American politics. Filmmakers Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance use the struggle of a Michigan group called Voters Not Politicians, founded by political novice Katie Fahey, to end the practice in that state as the starting point for a wide-ranging exploration […]

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