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‘Suburbicon’ home of middle-class depravity

Catholic News Service Corruption lurking under the placid surface of life in the suburbs is hardly a new theme. But the image of universal middle-class depravity...

‘Happy Death Day’ is a ‘Groundhog Day’ as murder mystery

Catholic News Service With a name like “Happy Death Day,” a sweet, wholesome story is unlikely to unfold. You can say that again.  Rather, “Happy Death Day,”...

‘Flatliners’ turns near-death events into tepid horror

Catholic News Service Far from heavenly, but not exactly hellish either, the tepid afterlife-focused thriller “Flatliners” is more like a visit to limbo. Comparisons to a...

‘American Made’ feels too turbulent and bumpy

Catholic News Service “American Made,” the wild, fact-based story of airline pilot-turned-gun-runner Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), is far too turbulent for youngsters and even too...

‘American Assassin,’ Rhode Island, specifically

Catholic News Service The award for the most obvious film title of the year goes to “American Assassin,” an action thriller about, you guessed it,...

Evil clown terrorizes children in ‘It’

Catholic News Service Moviegoers looking for nothing more than to be unsettled will likely be satisfied with the horror adaptation “It.” However, while director Andy...

‘Tulip Fever’ treads clumsily through love and lust

Catholic News Service Horticulture was never as steamy or silly as in “Tulip Fever,” a period drama based on the 1999 novel by Deborah Moggach. Despite...

‘Good Time’ — The title is ironic

Catholic News Service Gritty and intense, the ironically titled crime drama “Good Time” actually charts some very grim hours in the lives of its central...

‘Annabelle: Creation’ — ‘Whatever you do, don’t unlock that door’

Catholic News Service Most of the mayhem wreaked by the figurine-haunting demon at the center of the horror prequel “Annabelle: Creation” is restrained. Yet, as...

‘Detroit’ visits harrowing moment in U.S. history

Catholic News Service A dark chapter of the Motor City’s history is revisited in “Detroit,” a searing period drama. The setting is the summer of 1967,...

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