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“Selah and the Spades” (Amazon)

Lovie Simone and Jharrel Jerome star in a scene from the movie "Selah and the Spades." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service An elite private high school becomes the unlikely setting for a study of criminality as the graduating leader (Lovie Simone) of a gang that supplies their fellow students with narcotics and alcohol finds a protege (Celeste O’Connor) to train in Machiavellian tactics. While her new friend’s star rises, her right-hand man’s […]

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“We Summon the Darkness” (Saban/Amazon Prime)

Alexandra Daddario, Logan Miller, Maddie Hasson and Amy Forsyth star in a scene from the movie "We Summon the Darkness." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy LB Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service This low-budget Satan worship-themed slasher film was apparently intended partly as an homage to 1980s horror movies. Devoid of coherent dialogue or action and punctuated by desultory stabbings and fleeting theological proclamations, it is instead simply a mess. As three rebellious girls in 1988 Indiana (Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson and Amy […]

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“Trolls World Tour” (Universal)

Animated characters Mr. Dinkles, Biggie, Poppy and Branch are seen in the movie "Trolls World Tour." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

By Catholic News Service Animated musical follow-up to the 2016 original in which the pair at the center of the first story, the ever-optimistic queen (voice of Anna Kendrick) of the pop-music trolls and her more fearful best friend (voice of Justin Timberlake) discover that there are other nations of their kind, each dedicated to […]

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“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus)

Sidney Flanigan stars in a scene from the movie "Never Rarely Sometimes Always." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service To avoid her home state’s legal requirement that she obtain her parents’ permission to have an abortion, a 17-year-old high school student (Sidney Flanigan) from rural Pennsylvania travels to New York City seeking the procedure. She’s accompanied by her cousin (Talia Ryder) with whom she bonds and the pair meet a […]

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“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)

This is a scene from the movie "Slay The Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Magnolia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted but distinctly partisan documentary examining the impact of gerrymandering on American politics. Filmmakers Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance use the struggle of a Michigan group called Voters Not Politicians, founded by political novice Katie Fahey, to end the practice in that state as the starting point for a wide-ranging exploration […]

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“Corpus Christi” (Film Movement)

Bartosz Bielenia stars in a scene from the movie "Corpus Christi." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Film Movement)

By Catholic News Service Polish production in which director Jan Komasa and screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz, who reworked his fact-based book, tell the grim story of a young man (Bartosz Bielenia), just paroled from a violent juvenile detention facility, who, having found his faith there as an altar server, aspires to become a priest. But his […]

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“Bloodshot” (Columbia)

Vin Diesel stars in the movie "Bloodshot." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Columbia)

By Catholic News Service Vin Diesel plays a Marine whose macho dreams come true when a doctor (Guy Pearce) uses nanotechnology to bring him back from the dead and endows him with superhuman fighting abilities in the process. He employs his new powers to track down and slay the crazed assassin (Toby Kebbell) who killed […]

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“The Hunt” (Universal)

Betty Gilpin stars in a scene from the movie "The Hunt." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Clever commentary on contemporary political and cultural divisions in the United States is lost amid an orgy of bloodletting as a group of elite fat cats (led by Hilary Swank) hunts a dozen kidnapped red-state types for sport, only to discover too late that one of them (Betty Gilpin) is prepared […]

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“I Still Believe” (Lionsgate)

KJ Apa and Britt Robertson star in a scene from the movie "I Still Believe." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Fact-based romantic drama tells the love story of future Christian music star Jeremy Camp (KJ Apa) and the fellow college student (Britt Robertson) for whom he fell at first sight. Their relationship is initially hindered by the fact that his friend and professional mentor, an already established singer (Nathan Dean), also […]

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“Onward” (Disney)

Laurel Lightfoot, voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ian Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland, and Barley Lightfoot, voiced by Chris Pratt, appear in the animated movie "Onward." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Using a spell, two teenage elven brothers (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) bring their father back from the dead for 24 hours. But the magic goes awry so that he is only resuscitated from the waist down. To acquire the mystical gem that can restore him fully, they embark […]

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