“The Boogeyman” (20th Century)

Sophie Thatcher stars in a scene from the movie “The Boggeyman.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Patti Perret, 20th Century Studios)

By OSV News Above-average chiller in which a recently widowed and still grieving father (Chris Messina) and his equally bereft daughters (Sophie Thatcher and Vivien Lyra Blair) become the victims of the unwelcome visitor of the title, with predictably unsettling results. Director Rob Savage’s relatively subtle screen version of a 1973 short story by horror-meister […]

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“The Little Mermaid” (Disney)

Scuttle, voiced by Awkwafina, Flounder voiced by Jacob Tremblay, and Halle Bailey as Ariel appear in “The Little Mermaid.” The OSV News classification is A-I -- general patronage. (OSV News photo/Disney)

By OSV News Charming live-action remake of the classic 1989 animated musical derived from Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 tale centers, as before, on the sea creature of the title (Halle Bailey). When her insatiable curiosity about life on dry land leads her to fall for a human prince (Jonah Hauer-King), the romance causes a conflict […]

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“Fast X” (Universal)

Helen Mirren, and Vin Diesel star in a scene from the movie “Fast X.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Peter Mountain, Universal Pictures)

By OSV News This 10th direct installment of the action franchise that first put the pedal to the metal in 2001 features some religious symbolism and much rhetoric about the bonds that unite its self-constituted family of car-racers but also incorporates a high quotient of nasty mayhem. As the clan’s patriarch (Vin Diesel) goes up […]

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (Disney)

Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in Marvel Studio's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3". The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/courtesy Disney)

Chris Pratt reprises his role as the leader of the titular team of miscellaneous superheroes who, in this edition of their adventures, embark on a quest to retrieve the computer code needed to save the life of their gravely wounded raccoon comrade (voice of Bradley Cooper). As the hyper-intelligent critter lies near death, flashbacks reveal […]

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“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” (Lionsgate)

Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret Simon, Amari Price as Janie Loomis, Elle Graham as Nancy Wheeler, and Katherine Kupferer as Gretchen Potter in "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret." (Lionsgate). OSV News classification, A-III – adults. (OSV News photo/Dana Hawley, Lionsgate)

Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s adaptation of Judy Blume’s 1970 novel for adolescents follows the sixth-grader of the title (Abby Ryder Fortson) as, with the help of her caring parents (Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie), she reluctantly adjusts to a new hometown, school and set of friends (most prominently Elle Graham) while also coping with the […]

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“The Pope’s Exorcist” (Sony)

"The Pope's Exorcist" is a 2023 supernatural horror film starring Russell Crowe as the late Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, a longtime exorcist for the Diocese of Rome. The film is 'inspired by' the Italian priest's memoirs. OSV News classification, L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

By OSV News Initially promising but ultimately overheated possession tale based on books published by high-profile exorcist Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe). Summoned from Rome to attend to an American boy (Peter DeSouza-Feighoney) temporarily living in Spain who shows strong signs of being under the dominion of a demon (voice of Ralph Ineson), the […]

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“Air” (Amazon)

Matt Damon, and Viola Davis star in a scene from the movie “Air.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Amazon Studios)

By OSV News Forceful fact-based drama, set in 1984, charts the efforts of a marketing executive (Matt Damon) to rescue the failing basketball division of Nike by signing rookie Michael Jordan and creating the Air Jordan brand. After winning over the company’s initially skeptical founder and CEO (Ben Affleck), he teams with the head of […]

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“Renfield” (Universal)

Nicholas Hoult and Nicolas Cage star in a scene from the movie “Renfield.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Michele K. Short, Universal Pictures)

By OSV News Potentially enjoyable comic material is washed away by a flood of gore in this send-up of the horror genre. Nicholas Hoult plays the titular character, the longtime but increasingly disaffected assistant to Dracula (Nicolas Cage). As he seeks to break free from his servitude and acquires a love interest in the person […]

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“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (Universal)

Animated characters Mario, voiced by Chris Pratt, and Luigi, voiced by Charlie Day, appear in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Universal)

By OSV News Animated origin story for the siblings of the title (voices of Chris Pratt and Charlie Day) dutifully accounts for various elements in the landmark video games in which they are featured. Magically transported to an alternate universe, the duo of Brooklyn plumbers become separated in the process, one landing in an upbeat […]

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“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (Paramount)

Justice Smith, Chris Pine, Sophia Lillis, and Michelle Rodriguez star in a scene from the movie “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Aidan Monaghan, Paramount Pictures)

By OSV News In reworking lore from the well-known role-playing fantasy game of the title, co-directors and writers (with Michael Gilio) Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley ignore a trilogy of previous adaptations to get an entirely fresh start. Their lavish odyssey tale follows an ex-spy-turned-imprisoned-thief (Chris Pine) as he makes his escape and seeks […]

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