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Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: July 6, 2010

Movies

Here are the latest capsule movie reviews from Catholic News Service (CNS). In addition to Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings, these 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.


August 14, 2019
New documentary looks at immigrants’ integration into U.S. heartland
New documentary looks at immigrants’ integration into U.S. heartland

CNS illustration by Sistine Films

Filmmakers Michael McGlinn and John Altman set out to, in McGlinn’s words, “elevate the conversation” about immigration with their new documentary, “Immigrants in the Heartland: Who Are We Following?”

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By Mark Pattison/CNS
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June 9, 2015
"Entourage" (Warner Bros.)
"Entourage" (Warner Bros.)

In this big-screen version of the HBO series which premiered in 2004, a Hollywood star (Adrian Grenier) convinces the studio executive (Jeremy Piven) who discovered him to let him direct as well as act in a high-concept adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

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June 9, 2015
"Insidious: Chapter 3" (Gramercy)
"Insidious: Chapter 3" (Gramercy)

Run-of-the-mill horror prequel in which the unassuming but spunky psychic (Lin Shaye) featured in the previous outings reluctantly emerges from self-imposed retirement to aid a high school senior (Stefanie Scott) whose do-it-yourself attempt to contact her recently deceased mom has instead summoned up a malignant spirit. 

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June 9, 2015
"Spy" (Fox)
"Spy" (Fox)

When a James Bond-like CIA field operative (Jude Law) becomes a casualty in the agency's effort to bring down the ruthless heir (Rose Byrne) of an international crime dynasty, his devoted but previously desk-bound partner (Melissa McCarthy) goes undercover to avenge him by nabbing the evildoer. 

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April 9, 2015
Furious 7

True to form, exotic settings, stale dictums and always-murky moral values characterize "Furious 7" (Universal), the latest installment in the "Fast and Furious" series.

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April 6, 2015
"Home" (FOX)
Parents looking for acceptable Easter-break entertainment for the kids will probably be satisfied with the lightweight animated adventure "Home" (Fox).
 
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April 6, 2015
It Follows (Radius-TWC)

The out-of-the-1970s premise of "It Follows" (Radius-TWC) has something to do with adolescents being haunted, and sometimes killed, after engaging in sexual activity.

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April 6, 2015
Get Hard (Warner Bros.)

In lieu of a movie ticket for the shoddy prison-themed comedy "Get Hard" (Warner Bros.), potential viewers should treat themselves to a "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

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July 16, 2014
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Fox)

A decade after a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, a band of survivors (led by Gary Oldman) occupying the ruins of San Francisco comes into conflict with a community of genetically evolved simians living in nearby Muir Woods.

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July 16, 2014
"Earth to Echo" (Relativity)

About to be separated by the demolition of their suburban Nevada neighborhood, through which a highway is to be built, a trio of young friends (Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley and Reese Hartwig), bound by their shared status as social outcasts, embarks on a final adventure together.

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