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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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“The Dig” (Netflix)

This is the movie poster for "The Dig" streaming on Netflix and showing in theaters and starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Netflix)

By Catholic News Service The 1939 discovery of an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial ground in southeastern England is chronicled in this aptly titled drama, inspired by the 2007 novel by John Preston and directed by Simon Stone. A wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to investigate the mysterious earthen mounds on her […]

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“Minari” (A24)

This is a scene from the movie "Minari." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Melissa Lukenbaugh, A24)

By Catholic News Service Set in the 1980s, and loosely based on the childhood experiences of writer-director Lee Isaac Chung, this gentle mix of drama and comedy explores the immigrant experience from a Korean-American perspective while also charting the struggles and triumphs of family life. An aspiring produce farmer (Steven Yeun), his wife (Yeri Han) […]

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“Pinocchio” (Roadside)

This is the movie poster for "Pinocchio." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Italian director Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel, which he also who co-wrote with Massimo Ceccherini, is scrupulously faithful to the grotesqueries of its source material. As such, it falls well short of what anyone might regard as straightforward family entertainment. A woodcutter (Roberto Benigni) carves the marionette […]

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“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "The Croods: A New Age." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2013 original is a spirited, fun-filled animated comedy suitable for almost all ages. A Stone Age couple (voices of Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener) and their three children (voices of Emma Stone, Clark Duke and Kailey Crawford) join a teenage boy (voice of Ryan Reynolds) on a […]

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“Our Friend” (Gravitas Ventures)

Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in a scene from the movie "Our Friend." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Claire Folger, Gravitas Ventures)

Screen version of a 2015 Esquire magazine article by Matthew Teague (Casey Affleck) recounting the unwavering and selfless support the journalist and his terminally ill wife (Dakota Johnson) received from their best friend (Jason Segel) who, as her death approached, moved in with the couple and helped to care for their two daughters (Isabella Kai […]

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“The Little Things” (Warner Bros.)

Denzel Washington and Rami Malek star in a scene from the movie "The Little Things." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Nicola Goode, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

Brooding crime drama, set in 1990 Los Angeles, in which a former LAPD officer (Denzel Washington) who burned out over a murder case and now works for a small sheriff’s department makes a brief return visit to the city and is recruited by a homicide sergeant (Rami Malek) to help solve a string of similar […]

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“Promising Young Woman” (Focus)

Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham star in a scene from the movie "Promising Young Woman." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Merie Weismiller Wallace, Focus Features)

Vengeance-driven vigilantism is the order of the day in this black comedy-tinged drama from writer-director Emerald Fennell. Traumatized and embittered by the sexual victimization and subsequent death of a childhood friend during their time attending medical school together, a barista (Carey Mulligan) who has abandoned her ambition to become a doctor spends her nights in […]

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