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“Belfast” (Focus)

Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie star in a scene from the movie "Belfast." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Rob Youngson, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Kenneth Branagh uses the perspective of a 9-year-old boy (Jude Hill) living in the city of the title to examine the effects of the sectarian strife that swept across Northern Ireland at the very end of the 1960s. As the lad’s father (Jamie Dornan), who journeys back and forth to […]

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“Blithe Spirit” (IFC)

Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens star in a scene from the movie "Blithe Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Angus Young, IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service As part of the research for a screenplay he’s writing, a celebrated crime novelist (Dan Stevens) invites a well-meaning but inept medium (Judi Dench) to conduct a seance at his home, during which she unwittingly conjures up the specter of his late wife (Leslie Mann), significantly complicating his relationship with his […]

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“Cats” (Universal)

Naoimh Morgan, Francesca Hayward and Danny Collins star in a scene from the movie "Cats." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service The smash-hit Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of verse, is given the big-screen treatment. The result is, essentially, a big, brash, over-the-top dance party, directed by Tom Hooper. One fateful evening, an abandoned cat (Francesca Hayward) is adopted by a group of felines who have gathered […]

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