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“Irresistible” (Focus)

Rose Byrne and Steve Carell star in a scene from the 2020 movie "Irresistible." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Daniel McFadden, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service After a video of his impassioned speech to a meeting of the town council in his small, cash-strapped Wisconsin farming community comes to the attention of a high-powered Democratic Party strategist (Steve Carell), a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) agrees to run for mayor if the Washington-based pol will stay in […]

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“Vice” (Annapurna)

Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell and Andrea Wright star in a scene from the movie "Vice." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This biography of former Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) is a gleeful hatchet job in which he comes off as Machiavellian, black-hearted and more demonic than human. The only figure who emerges in even darker tones is his political mentor, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), who schemes and […]

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“Welcome to Marwen” (Universal)

Steve Carell stars in a scene from the movie "Welcome to Marwen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service A dedicated effort from Steve Carell fails to redeem this painfully unengaging fact-based tale in which he plays an illustrator left unable to draw after a near-fatal assault by a group of thugs who takes up photography instead, playing out his own psychodrama in a miniature Belgian village he constructs in […]

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“Beautiful Boy” (Amazon)

Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell star in a scene from the movie "Beautiful Boy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service The sheer randomness of drug addiction — in this case, to crystal meth — and the ensuing raw family pain are covered effectively, although succinctly, in this adaptation of two memoirs by journalist David Sheff (Steve Carell) and his oldest son, Nic (Timothee Chalamet). There are no solutions offered in this […]

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