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“Black Widow” (Disney)

Scarlett Johansson stars in a scene from the movie "Black Widow." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service With the Avengers ensemble of superheroes temporarily in disarray, one of its members (Scarlett Johansson), from whose moniker the film takes its title, battles a Russian villain (Ray Winstone) bent on world domination. She finds potential allies in the ostensible sister (Florence Pugh) and parents (David Harbour and Rachel Weisz) with […]

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“The Forever Purge” (Universal)

Josh Lucas, Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta star in a scene from the movie "The Forever Purge." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Attempts to lend dignity to this addition to the bloody franchise that began in 2013 by presenting it as a parable about political divisions in the U.S. fail in any way to disguise its essential brutality. Director Everardo Gout and screenwriter James DeMonaco put a Mexican American couple (Ana de la […]

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“Zola” (A24)

Colman Domingo and Taylour Paige star in a scene from the movie "Zola." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Anna Kooris, A24)

By Catholic News Service This supposedly fact-based story, directed and co-written by Janicza Bravo, is replete with pornographic content and other objectionable elements. A stripper who works by day as a waitress (Taylour Paige) befriends a fellow peeler (Riley Keough) and agrees to a weekend trip to Florida. Along for the ride are the latter’s […]

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“The Boss Baby: Family Business” (Universal)

This is a scene from the animated movie "The Boss Baby: Family Business." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

By Catholic News Service Its chaotic plot and somewhat colicky disposition may leave viewers of this follow-up to the 2017 animated comedy wishing the stork had stayed home this time. Now grown to maturity, the brothers (voices of James Marsden and Alec Baldwin) whose childhood rivalry-turned-partnership was charted in the original have also become estranged. […]

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“F9: The Fast Saga” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "F9: The Fast Saga." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service His past comes back to haunt the retired leader (Vin Diesel) of a crew of street racers when his estranged brother (John Cena) turns out to be the muscle behind the effort of a dictator’s evil son (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) to obtain a high-tech weapon that will give the villain world […]

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“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate)

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek star in a scene from the movie "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/David Appleby, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Needlessly gory, this action-comedy sequel also presents a debased view of sexual intimacy between spouses. The couple are the titular contract killer (Samuel L. Jackson) and the con woman (Salma Hayek) he has just married. At the behest of a Boston police officer (Frank Grillo) working for Interpol, the duo is […]

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“A Father’s Legacy” (Cinedigm)

Tobin Bell stars in a scene from the movie "A Father's Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Jason Mac wrote, directed and stars in this fatherhood-themed drama, playing a reluctant armed robber who, following a heist in which he was wounded, forcibly takes refuge in the secluded cabin of a solitary widower (Tobin Bell), thus dramatically interrupting the latter’s tranquil routine. Recognizing that his captor is no hardened […]

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“In the Heights” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "In the Heights." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Vibrant musical, set in northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights, charts the efforts of a youthful bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) to return to his native Dominican Republic, the scene of his idealized childhood, and reopen the beachside bar his father once ran there. But this “little dream” has complicated implications for his warmhearted […]

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“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Columbia)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The beloved characters created by Beatrix Potter in her series of children’s books stray even further from their amiable roots in this sequel to the 2018 film, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation once again directed and co-written by Will Gluck. A slick publisher (David Oyelowo) promises fame and […]

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“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service In the early 1980s, do-it-yourself exorcists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren work to clear a youth (Ruairi O’Connor) accused of a brutal murder by proving that he was under demonic control when he committed the crime. They’re aided by the accused’s live-in girlfriend (Sarah Catherine Hook) and by […]

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