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“Artemis Fowl” (Disney)

Judi Dench stars in a scene from "Artemis Fowl." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney Enterprises)

By Catholic News Service Spectacle trumps story in director Kenneth Branagh’s crowded, off-key screen version of Eoin Colfer’s 2001 fantasy novel for young adults. After his namesake dad (Colin Farrell), a wealthy, mysterious antiques dealer based in Ireland, is kidnapped by a malevolent pixie (Hong Chau), the brilliant 12-year-old boy of the title (Ferdia Shaw) […]

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“The King of Staten Island” (Universal)

Pete Davidson and Steve Buscemi star is a scene from the 2020 film "The King of Staten Island," directed by Judd Apatow. The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Mary Cybulski, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A directionless slacker (Pete Davidson) still trying to come to terms with the long-ago death of his fireman father finds his life transformed when his mom (Marisa Tomei) begins dating another firefighter (Bill Burr) with whom he at first butts heads but eventually discovers common ground. Below the crust of vulgar […]

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“Mr. Topaze” (Film Movement)

This is a scene from the 1961 movie "Mr. Topaze." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/GIMP via Film Movement)

By Catholic News Service This 1961 comedy, adapted from a 1928 play by Marcel Pagnol, is the only feature for which celebrated comic actor Peter Sellers took directing credit. Sellers also stars as the titular character, a timid but rigidly honest schoolteacher in an unnamed French town. After his inflexible integrity leads to a breach […]

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“Shirley” (Neon)

Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young star in a scene from the movie "Shirley." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy Killer Films)

By Catholic News Service Working from the fact-based novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, director Josephine Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins deliver a mid-20th-century period drama centered on famed horror writer Shirley Jackson (“The Lottery”), played by Elisabeth Moss. Jackson, and her professor husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), who acquire fictitious foils in the form […]

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“The High Note” (Focus)

Tracee Ellis Ross stars in a scene from the movie "The High Note." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service An aspiring music producer (Dakota Johnson) finds herself caught between the demands of her day job working as a personal assistant to a famous rock star (Tracee Ellis Ross) and her desire to nurture the career of the promising singer-songwriter (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) with whom she also becomes involved romantically. Glossy […]

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“Scoob!” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Scoob!" The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents.(CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Bland animated addition to the Scooby-Doo franchise that began as a Saturday morning TV show in 1969. Opening with an origins story of the bond between a future laid-back beatnik (voice of Will Forte) and his faithful dog (voice of Frank Welker), director Tony Cervone’s adventure then jumps forward a decade […]

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“Capone” (Vertical)

Tom Hardy stars in a scene from the 2020 movie "Capone." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Alan Markfield, Vertical Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Queasy biographical drama tracking the last year in the life of legendary kingpin Al Capone (Tom Hardy). Dying of neurosyphilis, the recently paroled tax evasion convict rambles around his Florida mansion hallucinating and grunting incoherently. His loyal wife (Linda Cardellini) tries to comfort him and his estranged son (Mason Guccione) works […]

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“How to Build a Girl” (IFC)

Beanie Feldstein, right, stars in a scene from the movie "How to Build a Girl." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/IFC)

By Catholic News Service There’s a tension within this coming-of-age comedy, set in Northern England, between the generally upbeat personality of its precocious 16-year-old protagonist (Beanie Feldstein) and the seaminess of some of the mistakes to which she falls prey on her path to maturity. Smart but socially awkward, she relies heavily on her close-knit […]

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“The Wretched” (IFC Midnight)

John-Paul Howard stars in a scene from the movie "The Wretched." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy IFC Midnight)

By Catholic News Service After a witch who preys on children takes possession of the wife and mother (Zarah Mahler) next door, endangering her little boy (Blane Crockarell), a teen (John-Paul Howard) who has just moved in with his father (Jamison Jones) as his parents prepare to divorce struggles to combat the evil sorceress, aided […]

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“True History of the Kelly Gang” (IFC)

Essie Davis and Orlando Schwerdt star in a scene from the movie "True History of the Kelly Gang." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service Brutal reimagining of the life and legacy of Australia’s famous 19th-century outlaw, Ned Kelly, played in childhood by Orlando Schwerdt and as an adult by George MacKay. In adapting Peter Carey’s 2000 novel, screenwriter Shaun Grant and director Justin Kurzel trace the bush ranger’s volatile relationship with his fierce mother (Essie […]

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