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“The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.)

Michael Rooker stars in a scene from the movie "The Suicide Squad." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy Studio Wildcard)

By Catholic News Service Intentionally over-the-top, gleefully gory mayhem overwhelms all other considerations in writer-director James Gunn’s DC Comics-based follow-up to 2016’s “Suicide Squad.” Lost under the crimson tide are a few clever witticisms and an overall spirit of genre self-mockery as a ruthless intelligence officer (Viola Davis) assembles an ensemble of imprisoned criminals (most […]

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“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros.)

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine star in a scene from the movie "Wonder Woman 1984." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2017 outing for the DC Comics superhero (Gal Gadot), helmed by returning director Patty Jenkins, is an entertaining, old-fashioned popcorn movie that conveys good messages about self-sacrifice, helping one’s neighbor and the twin evils of greed and selfishness. Seven decades have passed since the action of the […]

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“Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.)

Margot Robbie stars in a scene from the movie "Birds of Prey." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Intended as a tart treat, this DC Comics adaptation instead comes across as a sour exercise in random mayhem. Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist who fell for Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, while treating him at an asylum. After the two split, she finds herself vulnerable without his protection and […]

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“Shazam!” (Warner Bros.)

Jack Dylan Grazer and Zachary Levi star in a scene from the movie "Shazam." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Endowed by a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) with the ability to transform himself, by dint of the titular exclamation, into a superhero with the body of an adult (Zachary Levi), a 14-year-old foster child (Asher Angel) does battle with a formidable villain (Mark Strong) who wants the lad to surrender his newfound […]

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