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‘Underworld: Blood Wars’

Catholic News Service The sanguinary subtitle of the action-horror sequel “Underworld: Blood Wars” proves unpleasantly appropriate as the amount of butchery on screen eventually goes...

Space-age racism brought to light in ‘Hidden Figures’

Catholic News Service The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama “Hidden Figures.” Along with a personalized insight...

‘Silence’ is dramatically powerful and theologically complex

Catholic News Service Directed and co-written (with Jay Cocks) by Martin Scorsese, “Silence” is a dramatically powerful but theologically complex work best suited to viewers...

‘Passengers’ depicts danger waking a sleeping beauty too soon

Catholic News Service Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in “Passengers.” While this tale about a...

‘Assassin’s Creed’ includes anti-Catholicism

Catholic News Service Though the mayhem that pervades “Assassin's Creed,” director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of a popular series of video games, is mostly bloodless, other...

Cartoon animals ‘Sing’ but have ‘out of bounds’ living arrangements

Catholic News Service “Sing” is a generally amiable but flawed musical cartoon, populated mostly by animals. While the essential values of this show-biz fable are...

‘Collateral Beauty’ is a quirky mess that’s too bizarre and too...

Catholic News Service “Collateral Beauty” is a strange, pretentious drama about overcoming grief. While that’s obviously a subject about which a good film, perhaps many of...

‘Rogue One’ found to be a worthy ‘Star Wars’ entry

Catholic News Service With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” last year’s promising re-ignition of the iconic franchise, “The Force Awakens,” gains a worthy and...

‘Miss Sloane’ studies political corruption

Catholic News Service A striking performance from Jessica Chastain in the title role propels “Miss Sloane,” director John Madden’s forceful study of political corruption. Since the...

‘Office Christmas Party’ is sleazy and generic as its title

Catholic News Service Cubicle drones cuts loose in “Office Christmas Party.” The result is a sleazy soiree, an “Animal House” toga wingding for the spreading-middle...

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