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“The Mauritanian” (STX)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "The Mauritanian." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Graham Bartholomew, STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Director Kevin Macdonald’s fact-based film doesn’t adhere to the conventions of a legal drama or a police procedural. Instead, it focuses on the moral implications of the struggle to free a falsely accused prisoner (Tahar Rahim), with brilliant results. In adapting Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s 2015 memoir “Guantanamo Diary,” screenwriters M.B. Traven, […]

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“The Current War: Director’s Cut” (101 Studios)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "The Current War: Director's Cut." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/101 Studios)

By Catholic News Service Intriguing historical drama recounting the bitter contest between inventor Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and industrialist George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) as they raced to spread electricity across the United States in the last decades of the 19th century, with Serbian-American tech whiz Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) supporting first one then the other. […]

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“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (Universal)

The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is seen with Max the dog in the animated movie "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service This adaptation of Theodor Geisel’s 1957 children’s fable “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is an extravagant animated adventure, directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and narrated by Pharrell Williams. The eponymous grump (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) lives high above the hamlet of Whoville with his loyal dog by this side. […]

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