“Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken” (Universal)

Chelsea Van Der Zee (Annie Murphy) and Ruby Gillman (Lana Condor) in DreamWorks Animation’s "Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken"directed by Kirk DeMicco. OSV News classification, A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/DreamWorks Animations)

By OSV News A major feminist and minor gay agenda underlie this animated adventure, helmed by Kirk DeMicco and co-director Faryn Pearl. Together with her caring parents (voices of Toni Collette and Colman Domingo) and energetic little brother (voice of Blue Chapman), the titular sea creature (voice of Lana Condor) has long passed for human […]

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“Sound of Freedom” (Angel Studios)

Jim Caviezel stars in a scene from the movie “Sound of Freedom.” The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Angel Studios)

NEW YORK (OSV News) — “God’s children are not for sale.” Such is the motto of Tim Ballard, the indefatigably determined real-life crimefighter portrayed by Jim Caviezel in the fact-based drama “Sound of Freedom” (Angel Studios). (The movie opens on Tuesday, July 4, and will be shown in theaters around the Diocese of Peoria, including […]

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“Asteroid City” (Focus)

Jason Schwartzman and Scarlett Johansson star in a scene from the movie “Asteroid City.” The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Pop. 87 Productions, Focus Features)

By OSV News Writer-director Wes Anderson’s highly creative, characteristically quirky blend of comedy and drama is doubly framed as a play showcased within a television show (the former’s author played by Edward Norton, the latter’s host by Bryan Cranston). Set in 1955 in the tiny desert town of the tile, the action centers on a […]

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“No Hard Feelings” (Sony)

Jennifer Lawrence and Andrew Barth Feldman star in a scene from the movie “No Hard Feelings.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Macall Polay, Columbia)

By OSV News Strapped for cash, a Hamptons bartender (Jennifer Lawrence) answers an online ad placed by the parents (Matthew Broderick and Laura Benanti) of an emotionally isolated 19-year-old (Andrew Barth Feldman) seeking a woman to draw him out of himself by, among other things, seducing him. As scripted by director Gene Stupnitsky and co-writer […]

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“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (Disney)

A scene from "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" showing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in silhouette as he walks a creaky bridge. The film is produced by Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. The OSV News classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/courtesy Disney Studios)

By OSV News Fifth and presumably final outing for the adventurous archeologist of the title (Harrison Ford). Mostly set in 1969, a dozen years after the events of its 2008 predecessor, the plot finds the digger-turned-professor drawn out of recent retirement by the resurfacing of a magical gadget with which he had been mixed up […]

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“The Blackening” (Lionsgate)

Antoinette Robertson stars in “The Blackening.” The OSV News classification, A-III – adults. (OSV News photo/Glen Wilson, Lionsgate)

By OSV News Brilliant comic riff on what constitutes authentic African American identity. In adapting the eponymous 2018 sketch by the comedy troupe 3Peat, director Tim Story and screenwriters Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins use the familiar structure of a horror flick as a framing device, reuniting a group of college friends at a remote […]

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“The Flash” (Warner Bros.)

Ezra Miller stars in a scene from the movie “The Flash.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros.)

By OSV News Time travel-themed adventure in which the super-speedy DC Comics figure of the title (Ezra Miller) journeys back into the days of his childhood to prevent the murder of his mother (Maribel Verdú), a crime for which his father (Ron Livingston) has since been unjustly convicted. Predictably, his attempt to undo the double […]

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“Elemental” (Disney)

Ember Lumen (voice of Leah Lewis) and Wade Ripple (voice of Mamoudou Athie) appear in the animated movie “Elemental.” The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Disney)

By OSV News Set in a world inhabited by embodiments of the four elements, this animated romantic comedy follows the fortunes of a fire lass (voice of Leah Lewis) whose literally explosive temper is constantly getting her into trouble. Her difficulties only increase when she falls for a water youth (voice of Mamoudou Athie) who […]

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“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (Paramount)

This is a poster from the movie “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.” The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Paramount)

By OSV News A duo of human characters (Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback) get caught up in the struggle between heroic and wicked factions of the titular car/robot shape shifters (the former group’s leader voiced by Peter Cullen, the latter’s by Colman Domingo). Directed by Steven Caple Jr., this seventh installment in the franchise features […]

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“Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony)

Poster from "Spider-man Across the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures). The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/courtesy Sony Pictures)

After downbeat opening scenes involving a teen angst-ridden Spider-Woman (voice of Hailee Steinfeld), this animated sequel to 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” hits its stride with witty dialogue enlivening the further adventures of the Brooklyn-based hero (voice of Shameik Moore) as he tangles with a mutant mad scientist (voice of Jason Schwartzman) whose increasing powers […]

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