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“Gretel & Hansel” (Orion)

Alice Krige and Sophia Lillis star in a scene from the movie "Gretel & Hansel." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Orion Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Child abandonment and hunger are the backbone of this horror-film framing of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale. Gretel (Sophia Lillis), who is 16 in this version, has to decide whether bounteous meals from a forest witch are worth the risk to her and her 8-year-old brother Hansel (Sammy Leakey). Holda the […]

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“The Turning” (Universal)

Mackenzie Davis and Brooklynn Prince star in a scene from the movie "The Turning." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Director Floria Sigismondi’s loose, updated adaptation of Henry James’ classic 1898 novella-length horror story “The Turn of the Screw” provides the occasional jolt on the way to a thoroughly incoherent ending. A newly hired live-in nanny (Mackenzie Davis) at an isolated country mansion presided over by an austere housekeeper (Barbara Marten) […]

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“The Gentlemen” (STX)

Henry Golding, Matthew McConaughey and Charlie Hunnam star in a scene from the movie "The Gentleman." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Darkly sophisticated, but sometimes wildly wayward crime saga from writer-director Guy Ritchie. A British private detective (Hugh Grant) hired by the editor (Eddie Marsan) of a London tabloid to investigate an American-born drug kingpin (smooth Matthew McConaughey) recounts to the gangster’s loyal consigliere (Charlie Hunnam) the complex web of facts he’s […]

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“Parasite” (Neon)

Park So-dam and Choi Woo-shik star in a scene from the movie "Parasite." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Neon)

By Catholic News Service This South Korean feature begins as a sly comedy, then takes a surprising turn that leads on to a bloody, operatic climax laden with grim social commentary about class conflict. After the son (Choi Woo-shik) of an impoverished family uses false pretenses to secure a position tutoring the daughter (Jeong Ji-so) […]

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“Marriage Story” (Netflix)

Scarlett Johansson, Azhy Robertson and Adam Driver star in a scene from the movie "Marriage Story." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Netflix)

By Catholic News Service Engrossing study of the divorce process as an avant-garde New York theater director (Adam Driver) and his actress wife (Scarlett Johansson) split, their initial shared impulse to behave decently toward each other and to shield their young son (Azhy Robertson) being swiftly undermined by the legal system and by the aggressive […]

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“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)

Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi and Scarlet Johansson are seen in the movie "Jojo Rabbit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox Searchlight)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Taika Waititi’s thoroughly offbeat satire, adapted from Christine Leunens’ 2004 novel “Caging Skies,” pretty much exemplifies the expression “not to all tastes” since it sees Waititi also playing a young German boy’s vision of Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend during the final year of World War II. Roman Griffin […]

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“Bad Boys for Life” (Columbia)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in a scene from the movie "Bad Boys for Life." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Columbia)

By Catholic News Service The assassination spree at the heart of this action-comedy sequel reuniting Miami police partners and best friends Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is portrayed so graphically that, together with other gory mayhem and a sometimes-flippant attitude toward faith, it renders this slick third film in the franchise inappropriate for any age […]

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“Dolittle” (Universal)

Robert Downey Jr. and a gorilla named Chee-Chee star in a scene from the movie "Dolittle." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Chaotic comic adventure, loosely based on Hugh Lofting’s “Doctor Dolittle” books for children, about a physician-turned-veterinarian (Robert Downey Jr.) who has acquired the ability to communicate with the critters he treats. Having become a recluse after the death of his wife, he’s drawn out of seclusion when an attendant from Buckingham […]

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“Like a Boss” (Paramount)

Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish star in a scene from the movie "Like A Boss." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Sexual humor is the stock-in-trade of this comedy about two best friends and business partners (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) whose relationship becomes strained after their cash strapped cosmetics company is rescued by a domineering titan of the industry (Salma Hayek) intent on seizing control of the firm by driving them […]

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“1917” (Universal)

George MacKay, center, stars in a scene from the movie "1917." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Gripping historical drama, set in the midst of World War I, in which two British soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) are dispatched across enemy territory to call off an attack by an officer (Benedict Cumberbatch) whose men are about to fall into a German trap, a mission made more urgent […]

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