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“Bombshell” (Lionsgate)

Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and D'arcy Carden star in a scene from the movie "Bombshell." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service The real-life story of the sexual harassment scandal that swamped the Fox News organization in 2016, helping to launch the #MeToo movement, is given a documentary-like treatment by director Jay Roach, with actors portraying actual TV moguls and personalities as well as fictional composites. Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) oversees a corrosive […]

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“The Two Popes” (Netflix)

Jonathan Pryce portrays Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins portrays retired Pope Benedict XVI in a scene from the movie "The Two Popes." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Peter Mountain, courtesy NETFLIX)

By Catholic News Service Glossy but highly speculative account of a visit to the Vatican by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce), the future Pope Francis, shortly before the resignation of his predecessor, Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins). Screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director Fernando Meirelles ill-advisedly try to extol Francis by trashing Benedict, presenting the latter as […]

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“Jumanji: The Next Level” (Columbia)

Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan star in a scene from the movie "Jumanji: The Next Level." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Playful gender-bending within the context of a video-game alternate universe mingles with an unexpectedly somber message about approaching death in this follow-up to the 2017 original. Director Jake Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, has made, in spite of the sight gags about physical abilities and […]

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“Uncut Gems” (A24)

Adam Sandler stars in a scene from the movie "Uncut Gems." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/A24)

By Catholic News Service Relentlessly grating character study of a lowlife jewelry merchant (Adam Sandler) in New York’s Diamond District as he juggles his wife (Idina Menzel), the employee who doubles as his mistress (Julia Fox), the basketball gambling addiction that has left him in debt to his loan shark brother-in-law (Eric Bogosian) and his […]

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“Dark Waters” (Focus)

Mark Ruffalo stars in a scene from the movie "Dark Waters." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Fact-based drama about poisoned water, similar to 2000’s “Erin Brockovich,” has a single crusading lawyer (Mark Ruffalo) taking on a powerful company — in this case, DuPont — that’s been dumping industrial waste from the manufacture of Teflon around Parkersburg, West Virginia, the loyal company town where the coating is made. […]

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“Playmobil: The Movie” (STX)

This is a poster from "Playmobil: The Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents.(CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Four years after their parents were killed in a car accident, a formerly free-spirited teen girl (Anya Taylor-Joy) and her fun-loving younger brother (Gabriel Bateman) are at odds because of her overprotectiveness. But after they’re magically transported to a world inhabited by the titular line of toys, and he is kidnapped, […]

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“Love and Mercy: Faustina” (Kondrat-Media)

Kamila Kaminska stars in a scene from the movie "Love and Mercy: Faustina." The film contains an off-screen suicide. The Catholic New Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/courtesy of Kondrat-Media)

By Catholic News Service Polish filmmaker Michal Kondrat’s docudrama tells the story of the birth and growth of the devotion to Divine Mercy that originated with the visions of Jesus (Bartosz Ziemniak) experienced in the 1930s by St. Faustina Kowalska (Kamila Kaminska). Seamlessly combining reenactments with interviews and narration, the film recounts how the saint’s […]

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“Queen & Slim” (Universal)

Bokeem Woodbine and Indya Moore star in a scene from the movie "Queen & Slim." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Volatile drama examining the alienation between the police and the African American community. Driving home from a first date, a couple of new acquaintances (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith) are stopped and harassed by a white officer (Sturgill Simpson). As the situation escalates, the cop wounds the young woman and is, […]

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“Knives Out” (Lionsgate)

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Noah Segan and LaKeith Stanfield star in a scene from the movie "Knives Out." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Splendid comic whodunit in which a shrewd Southern detective (Daniel Craig) is hired by an anonymous client to investigate the death of a famous and wealthy crime novelist (Christopher Plummer). Though the police lieutenant (LaKeith Stanfield) and trooper (Noah Segan) assigned to the case insist it was suicide, the sleuth seeks […]

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“21 Bridges” (STX)

Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller star in a scene from the movie "21 Bridges." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Harshly violent crime drama that never explores the many themes it hints at raising. After a major drug theft ends with the grisly deaths of eight police officers, a detective (Chadwick Boseman) who has, for years, tried to avenge the demise of his father in the line of duty, is among […]

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