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“The Photograph” (Universal)

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield star in a scene from the movie "The Photograph." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Mature, though morally flawed, romantic drama interweaves the burgeoning current-day relationship between a museum staffer (Issa Rae) and a journalist (LaKeith Stanfield) with flashbacks to the 1980s bond between the curator’s mother (Chante Adams), then an up-and-coming professional photographer, and her less ambitious boyfriend (Y’lan Noel). Writer-director Stella Meghie works at […]

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“Les Miserables” (Amazon)

Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, and Djebril Zonga star in a scene from the movie "Les Miserables." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service Set in a rundown Paris suburb with a large community of Muslim immigrants, this drama traces the slow breakdown of its public order. Director Ladj Ly, who co-wrote the screenplay with Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti, uses the outline of a police procedural — the film mostly takes place over a […]

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“Downhill” (Fox Searchlight)

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in a scene from the movie "Downhill." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Awkward moments abound in this comedy about a husband and father (Will Ferrell) whose momentary act of cowardice suddenly alters how his spouse (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and two sons (Julian Grey and Ammon Ford) view him. In adapting Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 film “Force Majeure,” directors and co-writers (with Jesse Armstrong) Nat Faxon […]

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“Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.)

Margot Robbie stars in a scene from the movie "Birds of Prey." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Intended as a tart treat, this DC Comics adaptation instead comes across as a sour exercise in random mayhem. Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist who fell for Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, while treating him at an asylum. After the two split, she finds herself vulnerable without his protection and […]

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“The Rhythm Section” (Paramount)

By Catholic News Service An ordinary woman (Blake Lively) becomes an unlikely assassin to hunt down the killers of her family in this revenge thriller, directed by Reed Morano and based on the novel by Mark Burnell. When a journalist (Raza Jaffrey) reveals that the airplane disaster which killed her parents and siblings was not […]

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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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