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“Ron’s Gone Wrong” (20th Century)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Ron's Gone Wrong." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/20th Century Studios via EPK TV)

By Catholic News Service Endearing animated comedy in which a socially isolated middle schooler (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer) yearns for the robot toy that has become a status symbol among his classmates. But, when he receives one as a birthday gift from his cash-strapped, widowed dad (voice of Ed Helms) and Bulgarian immigrant grandmother […]

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“Dune” (Warner Bros.)

Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet star in a scene from the movie "Dune." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Gripping sci-fi epic, adapted by director and co-writer Denis Villeneuve from the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, centers on the heir (Timothée Chalamet) to a powerful dynasty of intergalactic warriors who may also be the messiah figure foretold in various prophecies. As his clan gets caught up in the battle for […]

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“The Last Duel” (20th Century)

Matt Damon stars in a scene from the movie "The Last Duel." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/20th Century Studios via EPK TV)

By Catholic News Service Grim historical drama recounting the friendship-turned-bitter-rivalry of two warriors (Matt Damon and Adam Driver) in 14th-century France, a feud that culminated in a trial by combat after the former’s wife (Jodie Comer) publicly accused the latter of raping her. Director Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Eric Jager’s 2004 fact-based book successively tells […]

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“Halloween Kills” (Universal)

James Jude Courtney stars as Michael Myers in a scene from the movie "Halloween Kills." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Ryan Green, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Together with his script collaborators, Scott Teems and Danny McBride, director and co-writer David Gordon Green makes a ponderous effort to dignify this slaughterfest with a message about mass hysteria, the danger of mobs and vigilantism. As a result, the follow-up to his 2018 reboot of a 40-year-old horror series alternates […]

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“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists)

Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz star in a scene from the movie "No Time To Die." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Nicola Dove, MGM)

By Catholic News Service Trickery vies with trust in Daniel Craig’s fifth big-screen outing as Ian Fleming’s iconic spy James Bond. As Agent 007 experiences romantic complications in his relationship with his latest girlfriend (Lea Seydoux), he also has to contend with the schemes of two villains (Rami Malek and Christoph Waltz), a rift between […]

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“The Addams Family 2” (MGM)

This is a movie poster for "The Addams Family 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service In this animated sequel to the 2019 film, directed again by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the beloved characters from the imagination of Charles Addams are as creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky as ever, and the humor remains dark and macabre, but overall good-natured. Gomez (voice of Oscar Isaac) and Morticia […]

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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Columbia)

This is a scene from the movie "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The sequel to 2018’s “Venom,” directed by Andy Serkis, is two films in one: a raucous buddy comedy about an investigative journalist (Tom Hardy) and the eponymous alien lizard learning to coexist, and a loud and violent action thriller with multiple villains, all worthy of the Marvel comic source material. An […]

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“The Many Saints of Newark” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "The Many Saints of Newark." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Not so much a prequel to “The Sopranos” than a richly textured origin story of Tony Soprano, this is a matter of details to fans of the long-running drama, and confusing to anyone else. Screenwriters David Chase and Lawrence Konnor and director Alan Taylor show us that Tony’s belief, expressed in […]

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“Dear Evan Hansen” (Universal)

Ben Platt and Kaitlyn Dever star in a scene from the movie "Dear Evan Hansen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Ben Platt reprises his Broadway role as the angst-ridden teen of the title in director Stephen Chbosky’s screen version of the award-winning 2016 musical drama. After the troubled brother (Colton Ryan) of the fellow student for whom the lad yearns (Kaitlyn Dever) takes his own life, a misunderstanding leads the parents […]

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“Cry Macho” (Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood stars in a scene from the movie "Cry Macho." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this gentle, though naive, road movie, set in 1980. He plays a burned-out rodeo star who, at the behest of his ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam), a Texas rancher, travels to Mexico to find the cattleman’s preteen son (Eduardo Minett) and bring him to the States to […]

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