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“The Secret Garden” (STX)

Dixie Egerickx stars in a scene from the movie "The Secret Garden." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/STX Films)

By Catholic News Service Fourth big-screen adaptation of the 1911 children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Marc Munden from a screenplay by Jack Thorne. After a spoiled child (Dixie Egerickx) who has grown up in India finds herself orphaned due to an outbreak of cholera, she is forced to return to her parents’ […]

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“Yes, God, Yes” (Vertical)

Francesca Reale and Natalia Dyer star in a scene from the movie "Yes, God, Yes." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Vertical Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Sexual hypocrisy runs rampant in the early-2000s world of a 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl (Natalia Dyer) who, so writer-director Karen Maine’s script for this semi-autobiographical drama insists, needs to leave her supposedly repressive religion behind and learn to have fun. Getting her down in the meantime are a priest (Timothy Simons) with […]

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“The Rental” (IFC)

Alison Brie stars in a scene from the movie "The Rental." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service Actor Dave Franco’s directorial debut (which he also co-wrote) is a horror movie long on tension but short on logic or resolution. Two brothers, one (Dan Stevens) traveling with his wife (Alison Brie), the other (Jeremy Allen White) accompanied by his live-in girlfriend (Sheila Vand), rent a luxurious house in the […]

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“The Burnt Orange Heresy” (Sony)

Elizabeth Debicki and Donald Sutherland star in a scene from the 2020 film "The Burnt Orange Heresy." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Jose Haro, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

By Catholic News Service Literate but mannered suspense drama, set in Northern Italy where a high-powered art dealer (Mick Jagger) gives a shady critic (Claes Bang) the opportunity for a world-class scoop when he offers him the chance to interview a famously reclusive painter (Donald Sutherland). But he also blackmails the writer into stealing one […]

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“Greyhound” (Apple+)

Tom Hanks stars in a scene from the movie "Greyhound." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Taut World War II drama follows the captain of a U.S. destroyer (Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay) as, over a period of five days, the convoy of troop transports and supply ships his vessel is helping to protect passes across the area of the North Atlantic beyond the reach […]

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“The Outpost” (Screen Media)

This is a scene from the movie "The Outpost." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Screen Media Films)

By Catholic News Service A commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat as well as careful attention to the emotional lives and steadfast valor of soldiers make this drama a contender for the status of a classic war film. Working from a screenplay adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric […]

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“Irresistible” (Focus)

Rose Byrne and Steve Carell star in a scene from the 2020 movie "Irresistible." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Daniel McFadden, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service After a video of his impassioned speech to a meeting of the town council in his small, cash-strapped Wisconsin farming community comes to the attention of a high-powered Democratic Party strategist (Steve Carell), a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) agrees to run for mayor if the Washington-based pol will stay in […]

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“Saint Frances” (Amazon)

Kelly O'Sullivan and Ramona Edith-Williams star in a scene from the movie "Saint Frances." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Oscilloscope Films)

By Catholic News Service A grotesque treatment of abortion and a misguided view of faith are the most notable elements of this mix of comedy and drama charting the friendship between an adrift 34-year-old woman (Kelly O’Sullivan) and the little girl (Ramona Edith-Williams) she nannies for a summer. As written by O’Sullivan and directed by […]

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“Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)

Johnny Nguyen, Clarke Peters and Delroy Lindo star in a scene from the movie "Da 5 Bloods." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/David Lee, Netflix)

Rich but harrowing drama in which a quartet of veterans (Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who formed a deep bond during their service in Vietnam return there, partly to retrieve the body of a fallen comrade (Chadwick Boseman) they revered as a mentor but also to recover a cache of […]

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“7500” (Amazon)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in a scene from the movie "7500." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios via EPK-TV)

By Catholic News Service Director Patrick Vollrath, who co-wrote the screenplay with Senad Halilbasic, has come up with the original notion of telling the story of this hijacking thriller exclusively from the viewpoint of the captured vessel’s co-pilot (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Confined within the cramped cockpit, he has only occasional glimpses of cabin violence via a […]

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