“The Lion King” (Disney)

The characters Nala, voiced by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and Simba, voiced by Donald Glover, appear in the movie "The Lion King." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 animated musical uses a blend of live-action techniques and computer-generated imagery to tell the story of a lovable young lion (voice of Donald Glover) with a royal destiny. While his birth is greeted with joy by most of the animals over whom his parents […]

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“Mary Magdalene” (Focus)

By Catholic News Service Respectful but off-key profile of the biblical saint (Rooney Mara) portrays her decision to join the Apostles in following Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix) as a feminist gesture of rebellion against her family and their effort to force her into an arranged marriage. St. Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) comes off as an egotistical villain […]

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