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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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“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)

Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer star in a scene from the movie "The Shape of Water." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Equal parts romantic fantasy, classic horror film and musical nostalgia piece, writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s story of a cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) in 1962 Baltimore who falls in love with a fish-man (Doug Jones) from the Amazon who is being kept in the secret lab where she works has such strong […]

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