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“The Bad Guys” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "The Bad Guys." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Pictures)

By Catholic News Service High-octane animated caper comedy in which a criminal gang of anthropomorphized animals in Los Angeles (voiced by Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos and Awkwafina) endeavor to steal a valuable award statuette but are caught in the act. As California’s governor (voice of Zazie Beetz) prepares to hand them […]

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“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the 2022 film "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Tepid third installment in the fantasy franchise that began in 2016 with an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter”-related novel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Returning director David Yates takes viewers on a trot around the globe of the early 1930s and marshals imposing special effects. Yet, as scripted […]

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“Father Stu” (Columbia)

Mark Wahlberg stars in a scene from the movie "Father Stu." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Hard-edged yet deeply moving dramatization of the life of Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg). With the continuance of his somewhat successful boxing career rendered too dangerous by a medical condition, he moves to Los Angeles and tries to reinvent himself as a Hollywood star, winding up instead as a directionless supermarket clerk. […]

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“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (Paramount)

Jim Carrey stars in a scene from the movie "Sonic The Hedgehog 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (CNS photo/Paramount Pictures and Sega of America)

By Catholic News Service In this follow-up to the film franchise’s 2020 kickoff, returning director Jeff Fowler and his trio of screenwriters rely on a pretty simple formula: intersperse chase sequences with wisecracks. As a result, their mix of animation and live action makes no more demands on its audience than a session of playing […]

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“Ambulance” (Universal)

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

By Catholic News Service Director Michael Bay’s tense crime drama centers on an Afghan War vet (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who gets caught up in a bank heist masterminded by his mentally unstable adoptive brother (Jake Gyllenhaal). When the crime goes awry, they hijack an ambulance in which a paramedic (Eiza González) is struggling to treat […]

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“Morbius” (Columbia)

Jared Leto stars in a scene from the movie "Morbius." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Jared Leto stars in this drab Marvel Comics-based adventure, directed by Daniel Espinosa. He plays the gifted physician of the title who, in attempting to cure the blood disease from which he has suffered since childhood, partially succeeds but with the rather alarming side effect that he frequently transforms into a […]

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“The Lost City” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "The Lost City," staring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Crowd-pleasing blend of action, comedy and love story in which a widowed romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped by a crazed billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who believes her latest book, based in part on research she did years earlier with her archaeologist husband, holds the key to finding a fabulous treasure buried […]

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“X” (A24)

Mia Goth stars in the film "X." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Christopher Moss, A24)

By Catholic News Service Twisted horror tale, set in 1979, in which the cast (most prominently Mia Goth) and crew (led by Martin Henderson) of a pornographic movie rent a disused boarding house on the remote property of an elderly couple (Stephen Ure and Goth, under much make-up) to use as their set. But the behavior […]

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“The Batman” (Warner Bros.)

This is the movie poster for "The Batman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service When The Riddler (Paul Dano) targets a series of Gotham’s corrupt politicians for assassination, the iconic crimefighter of the title (Robert Pattinson) enters into an uneasy alliance with a police lieutenant (Jeffrey Wright) and an equally volatile partnership with the Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) to stop the killing spree. He’s backed up […]

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“Studio 666” (Open Road)

This is the movie poster for "Studio 666." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Deliberately over-the-top scenes of decapitation and dismemberment alternate with long periods of boredom in this comic-horror vehicle for the rock band Foo Fighters. To work on their next album, the ensemble moves into a Los Angeles-area house that, unbeknownst to them, was once the setting for a murder spree. There, guitarist […]

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