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“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (Amazon)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Thin fourth installment in the animated franchise that kicked off in 2012, directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Ongoing tension between the proprietor of the titular hostelry, Count Dracula (voice of Brian Hull), and his free-spirited human son-in-law (voice of Andy Samberg) leads to the transformation of the former into […]

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“The 355” (Universal)

Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong'o star in a scene from the movie "The 355." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Robert Viglasky, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Who needs one James Bond when you can have five Jane Bonds? That’s the premise behind this entertaining thriller featuring a quintet of lady spies, directed by Simon Kinberg. Global disaster looms when mercenaries acquire a cyber weapon that destabilizes technology with a single touch. Governments from the United States to […]

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“American Underdog” (Lionsgate)

Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi star in a scene from the movie "American Underdog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Michael Kubeisy, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Cheerful, lively biopic tracing the initial challenges and eventual rise to stardom of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi). Though he proves himself an outstanding player in college, Warner’s alma mater is too far down on the pecking order for any pro team to consider drafting him or giving him a […]

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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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