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“The Mule” (Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood stars in a scene from the movie "The Mule." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This ambling, fact-based story of an octogenarian drug runner who becomes a success at it because no one, evidently, believes he’s capable of such a dangerous task is more than a little morally tone deaf. Clint Eastwood, who directed from a script by Nick Schenk, plays an easygoing Illinois horticulturist who […]

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“A Star Is Born” (Warner Bros.)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in a scene from the movie "A Star is Born." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This third remake of a sturdy cinematic warhorse pays occasional homage to its forebears, which only serves to indicate that its formulaic “stand by your man” story is somewhat tattered and dog-eared. The core narrative remains: In show business, for every fresh young talent’s (Lady Gaga) happy ascent to fame and […]

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