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“Cats” (Universal)

Naoimh Morgan, Francesca Hayward and Danny Collins star in a scene from the movie "Cats." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service The smash-hit Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of verse, is given the big-screen treatment. The result is, essentially, a big, brash, over-the-top dance party, directed by Tom Hooper. One fateful evening, an abandoned cat (Francesca Hayward) is adopted by a group of felines who have gathered […]

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“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (Disney)

Daisy Ridley stars in the movie "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Battles both physical and spiritual play out in this ninth, and officially final, installment in the main body of the blockbuster franchise. With the evil First Order rebranding themselves the Final Order as they prepare to launch a vast space fleet capable of crushing all opposition, General Leia (the late Carrie […]

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“Richard Jewell” (Warner Bros.)

Paul Walter Hauser stars in a scene from the movie "Richard Jewell." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Director Clint Eastwood’s sympathetic profile of the titular security guard (Paul Walter Hauser) who quickly went from hero to villain in the public mind when he was accused of planting the three pipe bombs that he himself first discovered, and helped to save people from, during the 1996 Summer Olympics in […]

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“A Hidden Life” (Fox Searchlight)

August Diehl and Valerie Pachner star in a scene from the movie "A Hidden Life." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Luminous, though deliberately paced, fact-based drama recounting the events leading up to the 1943 martyrdom of Austrian farmer Franz Jagerstatter (August Diehl). Motivated by his deep Catholic faith, Jagerstatter, who was beatified in 2007, refused to swear the oath of loyalty to Adolf Hitler that was demanded of all those drafted […]

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“Black Christmas” (Universal)

Imogen Poots stars in a scene from the movie in "Black Christmas." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Sorority sisters (most prominently Imogen Poots) are preyed on by hooded assailants who seem to be connected to a fraternity on campus. Director and co-writer Sophia Takal uses the horror genre as a vehicle for a preposterously overblown feminist message, the bottom line of which is that the only good white […]

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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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