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“Artemis Fowl” (Disney)

Judi Dench stars in a scene from "Artemis Fowl." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney Enterprises)

By Catholic News Service Spectacle trumps story in director Kenneth Branagh’s crowded, off-key screen version of Eoin Colfer’s 2001 fantasy novel for young adults. After his namesake dad (Colin Farrell), a wealthy, mysterious antiques dealer based in Ireland, is kidnapped by a malevolent pixie (Hong Chau), the brilliant 12-year-old boy of the title (Ferdia Shaw) […]

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“Dumbo” (Disney)

Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins star in a scene from the movie "Dumbo." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Lush but insubstantial live-action reimagining of the 1941 animated classic, set in 1919, in which the young elephant of the title becomes a pawn in a struggle to profit from the fact that his outsized ears enable him to fly. Out to protect him are a wounded and recently widowed World […]

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“Widows” (Fox)

Carrie Coon and Ann Mitchell star in a scene from the movie "Widows." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service The ends justify the means in this well-crafted but gritty heist drama from director and co-writer Steve McQueen. After her career criminal husband (Liam Neeson) is killed while robbing money from a corrupt politician (Brian Tyree Henry), a union official (Viola Davis) is threatened with death unless she repays the stolen […]

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