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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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“Underwater” (Fox)

Kristen Stewart stars in a scene from the movie "Underwater." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Tedious survival slog follows an electrical engineer (Kristen Stewart) and some of her colleagues (led by Vincent Cassel) as they escape the severely damaged underwater drilling facility where they’ve been living and working and head for the shelter of a similar structure nearby. But the mysterious creatures that inflicted the destruction […]

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“The Grudge” (Screen Gems)

Andrea Riseborough in a scene from the movie "The Grudge." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Drab second English-language remake of a hit 2003 Japanese horror tale about a haunted house whose malign influence infects and follows all who enter it. This time out, the most prominent of its ensemble of victims is a recently widowed police detective (Andrea Riseborough). As she and her troubled partner (Demian […]

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“Little Women” (Sony)

Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh star in a scene from the movie "Little Women." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Elegant, vibrantly emotional adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel from writer-director Greta Gerwig. The familiar March sisters, Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen), are presented in the format of a non-linear memory play, with Jo, first shown as an adult writer, recalling the episodes […]

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“The Irishman” (Netflix)

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro star in a scene from the movie "The Irishman." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Netlfix)

By Catholic News Service The disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished without a trace in 1975, has never been solved. But that doesn’t deter director Martin Scorsese from solving the mystery in this epic historical drama, based on the life of union official and erstwhile gangster Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro). Crime boss […]

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“Just Mercy” (Warner Bros.)

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx star in a scene from the movie "Just Mercy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service A Harvard educated lawyer (Michael B. Jordan) strives, with the help of a local activist (Brie Larson), to save the life of an Alabama death-row prisoner (Jamie Foxx) convicted on feeble evidence of the murder of an 18-year-old white woman. As the attorney tries to convince the key witness in the […]

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