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The diminutive superhero of the Marvel Comics universe is an ex-con (Paul Rudd) who shrinks to bug size by means of a special suit, acquires super-human strength, and possesses a nifty ability to control his fellow ants. The suit's inventor (Michael Douglas) and his scientist daughter (Evangeline Lilly) enlist Ant-Man's help to stop the technology from falling into the wrong hands of a megalomaniac (Corey Stoll) - code name Yellowjacket - bent on world domination. Director Peyton Reed keeps tongue firmly in cheek as he downsizes the usual over-the-top violence of a Marvel film in favor of a clever heist picture, seasoned with plenty of humor and nice messages about honor and redemption.

Watch out for: Cartoonish but bloodless violence, brief innuendo and a few mild oaths.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015