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“Dog” (MGM)

Channing Tatum and Lulu, a Belgian Malinois, star in a scene from the movie "Dog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SMPSP, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Channing Tatum co-directed and stars in this quirky, good-natured but not family-friendly road movie. He plays an ex-Army Ranger who, in exchange for the promise of a much-needed professional recommendation from his former commander, reluctantly agrees to transport a psychologically scarred war dog to the funeral of her handler. As scripted by […]

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“Uncharted” (Columbia)

Sophia Ali and Tom Holland star in a scene from the movie "Uncharted." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Tiresome treasure hunt tale, adapted from a series of video games by director Ruben Fleischer. The younger (Tom Holland) of two orphaned brothers, having grown up to be a bartender and petty thief, is contacted by a mysterious adventurer (Mark Wahlberg) who claims to have known his long-lost sibling and, partly […]

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“Marry Me” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "Marry Me" starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Generally amiable romantic comedy charting the unlikely relationship between a world-famous singing star (Jennifer Lopez) and a dedicated but obscure math teacher (Owen Wilson). After discovering, moments before her mega-media-event wedding, that her equally prominent fiance, also a vocalist (Maluma), has been cheating on her, she summons the instructor out of […]

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“Death on the Nile” (20th Century)

Annette Bening stars in a scene from the movie "Death on the Nile." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS screen grab/20th Century Studios via EPK TV)

By Catholic News Service The tangled relationships linking an heiress (Gal Gadot), her newlywed husband (Armie Hammer) and the embittered woman (Emma Mackey) who was once both her best friend and his fiancee may or may not be the cause of fatal events during a cruise on the titular river. With an ensemble of suspects […]

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“Moonfall” (Lionsgate)

Patrick Wilson stars in a scene from the movie "Moonfall." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Reiner Bajo, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Dull human interaction alternates with impressive special-effects spectacle in this sullen science-fiction fantasy in which the moon goes out of its orbit and threatens to collide with Earth. To avert this apocalypse, the acting head of NASA (Halle Berry) teams with the disgraced astronaut (Patrick Wilson) who was once her professional […]

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“Jackass Forever” (Paramount)

Chris Pontius, Eric André, Rachel Wolfson and Eric Manaka star in a scene from the movie "Jackass Forever." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sean Cliver, Paramount)

By Catholic News Service The latest extension of the debased comedy franchise that began as an MTV series continues its tradition of plotless and painful stunts involving sadistic cruelty and every form of excretory function. Presided over, but not often participated in, by ringleader Johnny Knoxville the antics — directed, if that’s the word, by […]

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“Scream” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "Scream." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Meta-stupid slasher flick in which a high school student (Jenna Ortega), her estranged older sister (Melissa Barrera) and the senior sibling’s boyfriend (Jack Quaid), among others, find themselves in the path of a copycat serial killer intent on upholding the homicidal tradition that has periodically plagued a small rural town and […]

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“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (Amazon)

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

By Catholic News Service Thin fourth installment in the animated franchise that kicked off in 2012, directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Ongoing tension between the proprietor of the titular hostelry, Count Dracula (voice of Brian Hull), and his free-spirited human son-in-law (voice of Andy Samberg) leads to the transformation of the former into […]

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“The 355” (Universal)

Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong'o star in a scene from the movie "The 355." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Robert Viglasky, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Who needs one James Bond when you can have five Jane Bonds? That’s the premise behind this entertaining thriller featuring a quintet of lady spies, directed by Simon Kinberg. Global disaster looms when mercenaries acquire a cyber weapon that destabilizes technology with a single touch. Governments from the United States to […]

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“American Underdog” (Lionsgate)

Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi star in a scene from the movie "American Underdog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Michael Kubeisy, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Cheerful, lively biopic tracing the initial challenges and eventual rise to stardom of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi). Though he proves himself an outstanding player in college, Warner’s alma mater is too far down on the pecking order for any pro team to consider drafting him or giving him a […]

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