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“The New Mutants” (20th Century)

Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy star in a scene from the 2020 film "The New Mutants." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service This 13th and officially final installment of the “X-Men” film series is an unsatisfying conclusion to the once-mighty franchise, a dreary, derivative and gratuitous horror thriller, based on a set of Marvel Comics, directed and co-written by Josh Boone. Five teenagers (Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams and Henry […]

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“Words on Bathroom Walls” (Roadside)

This is a cropped version of the movie poster for "Words on Bathroom Walls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Roadside)

By Catholic News Service After a psychotic incident injures a fellow student at his public high school, a teen (Charlie Plummer) suffering from schizophrenia transfers to a Catholic academy where he tries to fit in while coping with the effects of his affliction on his relationships with his loving mother (Molly Parker), her apparently hostile […]

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“Made in Italy” (IFC)

Micheál Richardson and Liam Neeson star in a scene from the movie "Made in Italy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/IFC)

By Catholic News Service Real-life father and son Liam Neeson and Micheal Richardson team up to play a fictional parent-grown-child duo in this blend of comedy, drama and romance, written and directed by James D’Arcy. Faced with being fired from his job as an art gallery manager by the establishment’s owners, the family of his […]

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“The Secret Garden” (STX)

Dixie Egerickx stars in a scene from the movie "The Secret Garden." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/STX Films)

By Catholic News Service Fourth big-screen adaptation of the 1911 children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Marc Munden from a screenplay by Jack Thorne. After a spoiled child (Dixie Egerickx) who has grown up in India finds herself orphaned due to an outbreak of cholera, she is forced to return to her parents’ […]

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“Yes, God, Yes” (Vertical)

Francesca Reale and Natalia Dyer star in a scene from the movie "Yes, God, Yes." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Vertical Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Sexual hypocrisy runs rampant in the early-2000s world of a 16-year-old Catholic schoolgirl (Natalia Dyer) who, so writer-director Karen Maine’s script for this semi-autobiographical drama insists, needs to leave her supposedly repressive religion behind and learn to have fun. Getting her down in the meantime are a priest (Timothy Simons) with […]

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“The Rental” (IFC)

Alison Brie stars in a scene from the movie "The Rental." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service Actor Dave Franco’s directorial debut (which he also co-wrote) is a horror movie long on tension but short on logic or resolution. Two brothers, one (Dan Stevens) traveling with his wife (Alison Brie), the other (Jeremy Allen White) accompanied by his live-in girlfriend (Sheila Vand), rent a luxurious house in the […]

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“The Burnt Orange Heresy” (Sony)

Elizabeth Debicki and Donald Sutherland star in a scene from the 2020 film "The Burnt Orange Heresy." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Jose Haro, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

By Catholic News Service Literate but mannered suspense drama, set in Northern Italy where a high-powered art dealer (Mick Jagger) gives a shady critic (Claes Bang) the opportunity for a world-class scoop when he offers him the chance to interview a famously reclusive painter (Donald Sutherland). But he also blackmails the writer into stealing one […]

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“Greyhound” (Apple+)

Tom Hanks stars in a scene from the movie "Greyhound." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Taut World War II drama follows the captain of a U.S. destroyer (Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay) as, over a period of five days, the convoy of troop transports and supply ships his vessel is helping to protect passes across the area of the North Atlantic beyond the reach […]

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“The Outpost” (Screen Media)

This is a scene from the movie "The Outpost." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Screen Media Films)

By Catholic News Service A commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat as well as careful attention to the emotional lives and steadfast valor of soldiers make this drama a contender for the status of a classic war film. Working from a screenplay adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric […]

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“Irresistible” (Focus)

Rose Byrne and Steve Carell star in a scene from the 2020 movie "Irresistible." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Daniel McFadden, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service After a video of his impassioned speech to a meeting of the town council in his small, cash-strapped Wisconsin farming community comes to the attention of a high-powered Democratic Party strategist (Steve Carell), a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) agrees to run for mayor if the Washington-based pol will stay in […]

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