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“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Sony)

Tom Hanks stars in a scene from the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Assigned, much against his will, to profile public television children’s show host Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), a troubled, cynical reporter (Matthew Rhys) finds his life transformed by the friendship into which his gentle, wise and unflappable new acquaintance gradually draws him, a bond that affects both his fraught relationship with his […]

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“Frozen II” (Disney)

Elsa, voice of Idina Menzel, and other animated characters appear in the movie "Frozen II." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service When a queen endowed with the magical power to create ice and snow (voice of Idina Menzel) hears a voice calling her into the wilderness beyond her realm and holding out to her the prospect of discovering the origins of her supernatural gift, she responds by embarking on a quest. She’s […]

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“The Good Liar” (Warner Bros.)

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen star in a scene from the movie "The Good Liar." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Elegant but ultimately dark suspense yarn in which a ruthless con man (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on the fortune of a vulnerable, naive widow (Helen Mirren), skillfully ingratiating himself with her after initially making contact through a dating website. Despite the objections of her worried grandson (Russell Tovey), she gradually […]

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“Ford v Ferrari” (Fox)

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in a scene from the movie "Ford v. Ferrari." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service A film that revels in its 1960s gender stereotypes, evoking a “Great Man” age of auto racers in which the men were men and the women glad of it. Director James Mangold, working from a screenplay by brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller, keeps the story stripped down to […]

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“Charlie’s Angels” (Columbia)

Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart star in a scene from the movie "Charlie's Angels." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This third film iteration of the iconic 1976-81 television series turns out to be, overall, a charmer, an old-fashioned popcorn movie overstuffed with preposterous action sequences, exotic locales and good humor. A secret organization recruits women from around the world to serve as spies, or “Angels.” When the outfit’s leader (Patrick […]

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“Doctor Sleep” (Warner Bros.)

Ewan McGregor stars in a scene from the movie "Doctor Sleep." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Disturbing horror sequel to 1980’s “The Shining” finds the psychic little boy of that film grown into a troubled hospice orderly (Ewan McGregor) who unites with a similarly gifted teen girl (Kyliegh Curran) to combat an occult band of wanderers (led by Rebecca Ferguson) who torture and murder clairvoyant kids and […]

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“Last Christmas” (Universal)

Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke star in a scene from the movie "Last Christmas." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Awkward and problematic blend of romantic comedy and drama tells the conversion story of a selfish, thoughtless young woman (Emilia Clarke), a childhood refugee from ex-Yugoslavia living in London, whose life is transformed after she meets and falls for a mysterious, sensitive stranger (Henry Golding). Her reform benefits the stern but […]

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“Playing With Fire” (Paramount)

John Cena and Christian Convery star in a scene from the movie "Playing With Fire." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Generally harmless but painfully unfunny comedy in which the superintendent (John Cena) of a group of smokejumpers (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) gives temporary shelter at their rural headquarters to a teen girl (Brianna Hildebrand) and her two younger siblings (Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) after their family’s […]

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“Midway” (Lionsgate)

Keean Johnson and Ed Skrein star in a scene from the movie "Midway." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Vivid fact-based epic recounting the period from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, to the Navy’s decisive victory in the battle of the title in June 1942, a triumph that turned the tide in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The ensemble drama follows, among […]

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“Terminator: Dark Fate” (Paramount)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton star in a scene from the movie "Terminator: Dark Fate." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service There’s a feminist cast to this average sci-fi action picture, intended as a continuation of the first two films in the franchise that began in 1984. The target (Lina Hamilton) of the original time-traveling Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) unites with an enhanced human from the future (Mackenzie Davis) to protect a young […]

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