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Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: January 19, 2017

Movie Reviews

Here are the latest movie reviews from Catholic News Service. In addition to MPAA ratings, these Catholic movie reviews include faith-based CNS classifications and summaries of the key film elements on which the classifications are based. 

Reviews of hundreds of older films also are available on the USCCB Web site.

Click here to view a list of CNS classifications and MPAA ratings.


April 7, 2017
Going in Style
Going in Style

CNS photo by Warner Bros.

Despite its title, there's nothing very spiffy about "Going in Style" (Warner Bros.). In fact, this leaden caper comedy feels distinctly cut-rate.

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April 6, 2017
The Case for Christ
The Case for Christ
Christian apologetics, the branch of theology devoted to proving the reasonableness of belief in Jesus, is almost as old as the faith itself. Three documents in this genre, for instance, survive from the writings of St. Justin Martyr, who died in the middle of the second century.
 
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April 5, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife
The Zookeeper's Wife

Moviegoers of goodwill may ask themselves, while watching the fact-based historical drama "The Zookeeper's Wife" (Focus), why they aren't enjoying themselves more. The story the film tells is undeniably inspiring. But the manner in which it's told is dramatically thin.

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April 4, 2017
The Blackcoat's Daughter
The Blackcoat's Daughter

This year's crop of demon-possession plots -- that hardy stalwart of horror -- kicks off in high style with the very adult "The Blackcoat's Daughter" (A24).

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March 31, 2017
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell

"Ghost in the Shell" (Paramount), director Rupert Sanders' murky, boring adaptation of a series of comics by Masamune Shirow, offers little beyond glitzy futuristic cityscapes. This live-action version of Shirow's sci-fi-themed manga -- first published in 1989 and previously the inspiration for two animated features -- is also somewhat exploitative.

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March 30, 2017
The Boss Baby

Fans of Stewie Griffin, the "enfant terrible" of Fox-TV's "Family Guy," will know in advance just what effect the folks behind "The Boss Baby" (Fox) are aiming for with their incongruously mature title character.

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March 24, 2017
Saban's Power Rangers

A Saturday morning children's show gets its third big-screen treatment with "Saban's Power Rangers" (Lionsgate).

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