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“The Mauritanian” (STX)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "The Mauritanian." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Graham Bartholomew, STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Director Kevin Macdonald’s fact-based film doesn’t adhere to the conventions of a legal drama or a police procedural. Instead, it focuses on the moral implications of the struggle to free a falsely accused prisoner (Tahar Rahim), with brilliant results. In adapting Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s 2015 memoir “Guantanamo Diary,” screenwriters M.B. Traven, […]

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“Tom & Jerry” (Warner Bros)

This is the movie poster for "Tom & Jerry." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service More than 80 years after their creation by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the cat and mouse of the title remain natural-born enemies in their latest comedic adventure, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation. When rodent Jerry takes up residence behind the floorboards of a posh New York hotel, a new […]

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“Blithe Spirit” (IFC)

Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens star in a scene from the movie "Blithe Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Angus Young, IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service As part of the research for a screenplay he’s writing, a celebrated crime novelist (Dan Stevens) invites a well-meaning but inept medium (Judi Dench) to conduct a seance at his home, during which she unwittingly conjures up the specter of his late wife (Leslie Mann), significantly complicating his relationship with his […]

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“Nomadland” (Searchlight)

Frances McDormand stars in a scene from the movie "Nomadland." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Searchlight Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A sense of loneliness pervades this poignant drama in which Frances McDormand gives a bravura performance as a working-class widow from a failed factory town who takes to the road in search of seasonal employment, becoming part of a subculture of marginalized nomads who move from one trailer park to the […]

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“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)

Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield star in a scene from the movie "Judas and the Black Messiah." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Glen Wilson, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Compelling fact-based drama, set in the late 1960s, in which a Chicago car thief (LaKeith Stanfield) facing a long prison term agrees to infiltrate the local chapter of the Black Panther Party and supply information to an FBI agent (Jesse Plemons) about the activities of its charismatic chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel […]

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“Land” (Focus)

Demian Bichir and Robin Wright star in a scene from the movie "Land." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Daniel Power, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In actress Robin Wright’s feature debut as a director, she also plays a woman so paralyzed by grief over the loss of her husband and young son that she leaves the world behind to become a hermit in a small, isolated cabin amid the mountains of Wyoming. Having deprived herself of […]

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“The Dig” (Netflix)

This is the movie poster for "The Dig" streaming on Netflix and showing in theaters and starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Netflix)

By Catholic News Service The 1939 discovery of an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial ground in southeastern England is chronicled in this aptly titled drama, inspired by the 2007 novel by John Preston and directed by Simon Stone. A wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to investigate the mysterious earthen mounds on her […]

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“Minari” (A24)

This is a scene from the movie "Minari." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Melissa Lukenbaugh, A24)

By Catholic News Service Set in the 1980s, and loosely based on the childhood experiences of writer-director Lee Isaac Chung, this gentle mix of drama and comedy explores the immigrant experience from a Korean-American perspective while also charting the struggles and triumphs of family life. An aspiring produce farmer (Steven Yeun), his wife (Yeri Han) […]

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“Pinocchio” (Roadside)

This is the movie poster for "Pinocchio." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Italian director Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel, which he also who co-wrote with Massimo Ceccherini, is scrupulously faithful to the grotesqueries of its source material. As such, it falls well short of what anyone might regard as straightforward family entertainment. A woodcutter (Roberto Benigni) carves the marionette […]

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“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "The Croods: A New Age." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2013 original is a spirited, fun-filled animated comedy suitable for almost all ages. A Stone Age couple (voices of Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener) and their three children (voices of Emma Stone, Clark Duke and Kailey Crawford) join a teenage boy (voice of Ryan Reynolds) on a […]

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