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“X” (A24)

Mia Goth stars in the film "X." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Christopher Moss, A24)

By Catholic News Service Twisted horror tale, set in 1979, in which the cast (most prominently Mia Goth) and crew (led by Martin Henderson) of a pornographic movie rent a disused boarding house on the remote property of an elderly couple (Stephen Ure and Goth, under much make-up) to use as their set. But the behavior […]

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“The Batman” (Warner Bros.)

This is the movie poster for "The Batman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service When The Riddler (Paul Dano) targets a series of Gotham’s corrupt politicians for assassination, the iconic crimefighter of the title (Robert Pattinson) enters into an uneasy alliance with a police lieutenant (Jeffrey Wright) and an equally volatile partnership with the Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) to stop the killing spree. He’s backed up […]

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“Studio 666” (Open Road)

This is the movie poster for "Studio 666." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Deliberately over-the-top scenes of decapitation and dismemberment alternate with long periods of boredom in this comic-horror vehicle for the rock band Foo Fighters. To work on their next album, the ensemble moves into a Los Angeles-area house that, unbeknownst to them, was once the setting for a murder spree. There, guitarist […]

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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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