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“Spirit Untamed” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "Spirit Untamed." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service After her antics become too much for the aunt (voice of Julianne Moore) and grandfather (voice of Joe Hart) by whom she’s been raised, a rebellious city-bred girl (voice of Isabela Merced) is sent off to the small frontier town where her risk-loving mother’s (voice of Eiza Gonzalez) career as a […]

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“A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount)

Emily Blunt and Noah Jupe star in a scene from the movie "A Quiet Place Part II." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS /Jonny Cournoyer, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up drains away the suspense, analogies and underlying message about family bonds from the 2018 original in order to set up a franchise reminiscent of an immersive dystopian theme-park ride. In the absence of the family patriarch he played last time out, returning director John Krasinski, who also takes over […]

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“Cruella” (Disney)

Emma Stone stars in a scene from the movie "Cruella." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

By Catholic News Service Live-action origin story for the villain of Dodie Smith’s 1956 children’s novel, first seen on screen in the 1961 animated adaptation “101 Dalmatians.” Originally called Estella (Emma Stone), she dreams of conquering 1970s London as a fashion designer and is thrilled to be taken under the wing of the ruthless reigning […]

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“Those Who Wish Me Dead” (Warner Bros.)

Angelina Jolie stars in a scene from the movie "Those Who Wish Me Dead." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Emerson Miller, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Haunted by a forest fire tragedy for which she blames herself, an emotionally isolated, self-destructive smokejumper (Angelina Jolie) is forced to pull herself together when a young boy (Finn Little) being tracked by the assassins (Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult) who killed his father (Jake Weber), an accountant who uncovered explosive […]

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“Finding You” (Roadside)

Jedidiah Goodacre and Rose Reid star in a scene from the movie "Finding You." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Anthony Courtney, Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service In adapting Jenny B. Jones’ 2011 young adult novel “There I’ll Find You” into a romantic comedy, writer-director Brian Baugh has somewhat downplayed the book’s Christian themes. Yet a sense of God’s providence and care does seep into this coming-of-age story about an aspiring violinist (Rose Reid) who, on the rebound […]

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“Spiral: From the Book of Saw” (Lionsgate)

Chris Rock and Max Minghella star in a scene from the movie "Spiral: From the Book of Saw." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Brooke Palmer, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service This ninth installment in the “Saw” franchise of horror films, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, devolves quickly into the usual nihilistic splatter fest. Screenwriters Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger build the mayhem around the framework of a police procedural as a bitter, foul-mouthed detective (Chris Rock) contends with a copycat of […]

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“Profile” (Focus)

Valene Kane stars in a scene from the movie "Profile." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/BAZELEVS and Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In 2014, a British investigative journalist (Valene Kane) uses a fake online identity to pose as a recent, and vulnerable, Muslim convert open to recruitment by ISIS. But her feelings about the surprisingly personable, London-bred terrorist (Shazad Latif) who tries to lure her into joining him in Syria eventually become conflicted. […]

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“Separation” (Open Road)

Violet McGraw and Rupert Friend star in a scene from the movie "Separation." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Blair Todd, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Schlocky horror flick from director William Brent Bell in which a failing comic-book artist (Rupert Friend) battles his soon-to-be ex-wife (Mamie Gummer), an angry lawyer, for custody of their 8-year-old daughter (Violet McGraw). After Mom suffers a mysterious, violent death, this cringe-inducing domestic drama gets grafted onto a ghost story involving […]

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“Here Today” (Sony)

Laura Benanti, Penn Badgley, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish and Audrey Hsieh star in a scene from the movie "Here Today." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Cara Howe, Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In adapting a short story by his script partner, Alan Zweibel, director and co-writer Billy Crystal sets out to blend breezy humor with poignant drama. But his chronicle of the friendship between the aging comedy writer he plays and a buoyant street singer (Tiffany Haddish) whom the scribe meets by chance […]

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“Wrath of Man” (MGM)

Cameron Jack, Darrell D'Silva, Jason Statham, and Babs Olusanmokun star in a scene from the movie "Wrath of Man." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service When a taciturn new employee (Jason Statham) joins a Los Angeles armored car company, it’s obvious to the audience, if not to his fellow employees (most prominently Holt McCallany), that he has an agenda of his own, one that eventually pits him against a gang of thieves made up of disgruntled […]

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