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“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros.)

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss star in a scene from the 2021 film "The Matrix Resurrections." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Murray Close, courtesy Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service As this third sci-fi sequel — set 20 years after the last installment — opens, the computer whiz protagonist of the series (Keanu Reeves), once a rebel against the mental enslavement by which a race of intelligent machines kept vast numbers of humans trapped in the simulated reality of the title […]

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“Sing 2” (Universal)

This is an image for the movie "Sing 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Garth Jennings’ follow-up to his 2016 animated jukebox musical finds that comedy’s ensemble of animal entertainers aiming for the big time. Led by the koala theater owner (voice of Matthew McConaughey) who brought them together in the kickoff, the singers and hoofers (voiced, among others, by Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, […]

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“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Columbia)

Tom Holland stars in a scene from the 2021 film "Spider Man: No Way Home." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Matt Kennedy, courtesy Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Action, humor and drama are skillfully combined in this lavish final installment of a trilogy of films starring Tom Holland as the Marvel Comics superhero of the title. As it opens, his alter ego, Brooklyn teen Peter Parker, is in a pickle. Not only has his secret identity been revealed, he’s […]

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“The King’s Man” (20th Century)

Ralph Fiennes and Djimon Hounsou star in a scene from the 2021 film "The King's Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Peter Mountain, courtesy 20th Century Studios)

By Catholic News Service The emotions on display are as false as the deliriously dumb alternate history underlying this third installment of, and origins story for, the franchise adapted from the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Having promised his wife (Alexandra Maria Lara) as she lay dying to shield […]

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“Being the Ricardos” (Amazon)

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star in a scene from the film "Being the Ricardos." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Glen Wilson, Amazon Content Services)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s biographical drama portrays the set of the iconic 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy” as a toxic workplace with stars Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and her then-husband, Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), supporting players Vivian Vance (Nina Arianda) and William Frawley (J.K. Simmons) as well as producer and head writer […]

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“Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight)

Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in a scene from the movie "Nightmare Alley." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Kerry Hayes, 20th Century Studios)

By Catholic News Service Bradley Cooper plays a Depression-era drifter who joins the crew of a low-rent traveling carnival (run by Willem Dafoe) and becomes fascinated with mentalism. After being instructed in the craft by a husband-and-wife team of clairvoyants (Toni Collette and David Strathairn), he departs the sideshow for a career on his own, […]

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“West Side Story” (20th Century)

Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez star in a scene from the movie "West Side Story." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Niko Tavernise, 20th Century Studios)

By Catholic News Service Splendid second film version of the classic 1957 Broadway musical, directed by Steven Spielberg. As it charts the romance of its modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Manhattan slum dwellers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler), and their effort to cross the ethnic divide that separates them, a division embodied and intensified […]

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“House of Gucci” (MGM)

Adam Driver and Lady Gaga star in a scene from the movie "House of Gucci." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Fabio Lovino, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Despite its tragic ending, for most of its running time this fact-based dynastic saga, fueled by tumultuous emotions, has the feel of a high-end soap opera. Lady Gaga plays a middle-class woman who marries into the titular fashion family. Her unambitious new husband (Adam Driver), a law student, would rather steer […]

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“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” (Screen Gems)

Robbie Amell and Kaya Scodelario star in a scene from the movie "Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Screen Gems)

By Catholic News Service A corrupt corporation has poisoned the water supply of the titular factory town, transforming most of its inhabitants into flesh-eating zombies. Among their targets are a police officer (Robbie Amell), his estranged sister (Kaya Scodelario) and three of his colleagues (Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper and Avan Jogia). Writer-director Johannes Roberts’ reboot […]

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“Encanto” (Disney)

This is a scene from the movie "Encanto." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Vivacious animated musical about a teen girl (voice of Stephanie Beatriz) living in an enchanted enclave in Colombia who is the sole member of her family not to have received a supernatural talent on her fifth birthday. As she, her strong-willed grandmother (voice of MarĂ­a Cecilia Botero) and protective parents (voices […]

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