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“Free Guy” (20th Century)

Ryan Reynolds stars in a scene from the movie "Free Guy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/20th Century Studios)

By Catholic News Service Droll comic adventure in which Ryan Reynolds plays a contented bank teller in a weirdly dystopian city who, like his best friend, a security guard (Lil Rel Howery), goes through his highly repetitive daily routine while blithely ignoring the mayhem constantly unfolding around him until making the startling discovery that he […]

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“The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.)

Michael Rooker stars in a scene from the movie "The Suicide Squad." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy Studio Wildcard)

By Catholic News Service Intentionally over-the-top, gleefully gory mayhem overwhelms all other considerations in writer-director James Gunn’s DC Comics-based follow-up to 2016’s “Suicide Squad.” Lost under the crimson tide are a few clever witticisms and an overall spirit of genre self-mockery as a ruthless intelligence officer (Viola Davis) assembles an ensemble of imprisoned criminals (most […]

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“Stillwater” (Focus)

Matt Damon stars in a scene from the film "Stillwater." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Jessica Forde, courtesy Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Five years after his college-age daughter (Abigail Breslin), an exchange student, was imprisoned in Marseille for the murder of her lesbian lover, a crime of which she insists she is innocent, an unemployed and widowed oil-rig worker (Matt Damon) from the Oklahoma city of the title relocates to the French port […]

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“The Green Knight” (A24)

Dev Patel stars in a scene from the film "The Green Knight." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy A24 Films)

By Catholic News Service Viewers anxious to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages will revel in writer-director David Lowery’s artful adaptation of the 14th-century romance “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” in which the former (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s (Sean Harris) nephew, is honor bound by the terms of a challenge he […]

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“Jungle Cruise” (Disney)

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star in a scene from the film "Jungle Cruise." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Frank Masi, courtesy Disney Enterprises)

By Catholic News Service In 1916 Brazil, an intrepid British researcher (Emily Blunt) forms an unlikely alliance with a fast-talking Amazon River steamboat captain (Dwayne Johnson) and, aided by her brother (Jack Whitehall), they set off in quest of a mystical tree the healing flowers of which she believes will revolutionize medicine. They’re pursued by […]

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“Old” (Universal)

Aaron Pierre, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps star in a scene from the movie "Old." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In between an intriguing set-up and a reasonably credible conclusion, this thriller loses its way, becoming by turns tedious and chaotic. A couple (Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps) on the verge of divorcing and their young children (Nolan River and Alexa Swinton) join other guests from the resort hotel at […]

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“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” (Paramount)

Andrew Koji stars in a scene from the movie "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ed Araquel, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Silly and ponderous, yet morally interesting, action adventure, adapted from the world of Hasbro toys by director Robert Schwentke. A wandering loner who brawls for money (Henry Golding) finds his life transformed when, under the patronage of the heir (Andrew Koji) to a powerful clan of ninja warriors, he’s offered the […]

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“Joe Bell” (Roadside)

Mark Wahlberg and Gary Sinise star in a scene from the movie "Joe Bell." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Somber, heavy-handed drama in which, following the suicide of his 15-year-old son (Reid Miller), a victim of anti-gay bullying, the grieving father (Mark Wahlberg) of the title begins a cross-country trek on foot to deal with his loss and warn any group that will have him about the dangers of such […]

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“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” (Columbia)

Taylor Russell and Logan Miller star in a scene from the movie "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/David Bloomer, Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In this follow-up to the 2019 original, the two survivors of the initial ordeal (Taylor Russell and Logan Miller), in which competitors were forced to use ingenuity to escape alive from a series of potentially deadly chambers, are joined by others who have achieved the same feat, and all are tested […]

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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (Warner Bros.)

Lebron James and Bugs Bunny star in a scene from the animated and live-action movie "Space Jam: A New Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Strained sequel to the 1996 sports comedy once again blends live action and animation as well as basketball and the Looney Tunes gang of cartoon characters. This time out, LeBron James plays himself, as Michael Jordan did in the original, while Don Cheadle portrays the artificial intelligence that controls the Warner […]

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