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  • 'Paul' film producer: 'Real important to tell the story of God's mercy'
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Every story has a message within. So does every movie — and every biblically based movie as well. With the new movie "Paul, Apostle of Christ," Eric Groth, one of the film's executive producers, said, "it was real important to tell the story of God's mercy."
  • Artists can help people discover beauty of God's love, pope says
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis implored artists to "make the deep beauty of God's love visible" and to create and protect areas of beauty in the world's teeming cities.
  • New take on Revelation like nothing else you've ever read
    Micah Kiel's love of apocalyptic literature inspired a new book that gives readers a whole new perspective on Revelation. "Apocalyptic Ecology: The Book of Revelation, the Earth, and the Future" may not be too long, but readers will want to pause after each chapter to reflect on Kiel's insights. Who would have thought that Revelation yields valuable lessons about the ecological crisis of the modern world?
  • National Gallery exhibit explores St. Francis' reception of stigmata
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Francis of Assisi's reception of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, at La Verna in Italy and its depiction by artists beginning in the 15th century is the focus of a National Gallery of Art exhibit.
  • British actor didn't play title role of Paul in movie: 'It played me'
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — James Faulkner, the British actor in the title role of St. Paul in the upcoming movie "Paul, Apostle of Christ," isn't taking a lot of credit for his portrayal.
  • Annihilation
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Writer-director Alex Garland's "Annihilation" (Paramount), a blend of sci-fi and horror, starts off promisingly, its understated tone and matter-of-fact dialogue ratcheting up audience dread.
  • Game Night
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Family values and much enjoyable humor are offset by numerous distasteful jokes and an excess of vulgar language in the comedy "Game Night" (Warner Bros.).
  • Mindsets for music, prayer are similar, says fiddler Natalie MacMaster
    TORONTO (CNS) — Whether St. Thomas Aquinas really said, "He who sings prays twice," it's true for Canadian musician and fiddle legend Natalie MacMaster, who has been using her music as prayer and inspiration for more than three decades.
  • By the final reel: films for Lent with conversion themes
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion for the baptized, as well as of increasing conformity to the message of the Gospel among catechumens and those coming into full communion with the church.
  • Shirt aims to make Guadalupe approachable
    A graphic designer at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center has done some moonlighting to create a T-shirt with Marian buzz. “Moonlight Guadalupe” is the name of the shirt logo that depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe respectfully, but in the style of digital games and graphic novels popular with youth.
  • Red Sparrow
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Not one sparrow, so we are assured on the highest authority, falls to the ground without God's knowledge. In the case of the potentially engaging espionage thriller "Red Sparrow" (Fox), however, such awareness may represent the downside of omniscience.
  • The inconvenient truths behind networks' 'sweeps' ratings
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Do you remember when the Super Bowl used to be in January? Do you remember when the Academy Awards used to be in March — not just this year but every year?
  • Samson
    NEW YORK (CNS) — While not suitable for the youngest viewers, the spirited biblically based drama "Samson" (Pure Flix) can provide a fine introduction to the Hebrew he-man's story for teens.
  • Black Panther
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Step aside, Huey Newton, there's a new "Black Panther" (Disney) in town.
  • Early Man
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Nick Park, the creative genius behind so many Aardman Animations claymation comedies spanning more than two decades, finally makes his feature-length directing debut with "Early Man" (Lionsgate).
  • Catholic high schools welcome spring on stage
    If it’s been a while since you’ve experienced theater or a concert at a Catholic high school, take a moment to remember just how great student performances are. Drama and music students take their crafts seriously, and audiences — made up of friends and parents but also total strangers — reap the benefits. Here are a few of the schools’ offerings this spring.
  • Lasallians will perform student-written, directed, and produced one-act plays
    Lasallians will perform five student-written, directed, and produced one-act plays at 6 pm on Thursday, March 1, in the theater. The performance will make up for the one snowed out last week.
  • 'Living Biblically,' Feb. 26, CBS
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Admirable, likable, but uneven in tone and execution, CBS' new sitcom "Living Biblically" debuts Monday, Feb. 26, 9:30-10 p.m. EST, and will air in that time slot throughout its 13-week run.
  • Hair today, hair tomorrow: It's the real thing for 'Samson' title actor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Movie magic can make a lot of things seem real that aren't. Take Taylor James, for example. He plays the title character in the new movie "Samson," which opened Feb. 16. The film's producers' offer a discussion guide here.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Are you looking for a film with dialogue as smart as a whip? Or one that ties you to its characters with inescapable bonds of sympathy? Or a movie so tragic that watching it unfold will cause you the most exquisite, yet somehow satisfying, pain? Well, then, "Fifty Shades Freed" (Universal) is not for you.
  • Not enough quality films for families to make a top 10 list
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The year just past was not one in which Hollywood often succeeded in blending artistic quality with family-friendly content. Few of 2017's outstanding films aimed at adults were entirely free of gritty or controversial elements. And the aesthetic standard of movies acceptable for almost all age groups was so low that our usual round number of 10 in that category could not be reached without scraping a bit too far down in the barrel.
  • Author disputes view that Galileo affair showed church as anti-science
    Author Father Paschal Scotti, a Benedictine priest, provides readers with a solid foundation to the cultural and intellectual background of famous mathematician, inventor and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
  • Producer: New sitcom 'Living Biblically' avoids bad language on purpose
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just because the new CBS sitcom "Living Biblically" has landed a spot in the network's decades-dominant Monday night comedy lineup does not automatically guarantee it an audience.
  • The Tudor Choir comes to Portland, Hillsboro
    Cappella Romana presents The Tudor Choir at St. Mary Cathedral and St. Matthew Church in Hillsboro for lovers of traditional music performed by a world-class choir.
  • The Shape of Water
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Can a lovelorn yet sensuous cleaning lady in 1962 Baltimore find true love with a blue and yellow and sometimes glowing fish-man from the Amazon?
  • Faith an essential part of story for real-life heroes of '15:17 to Paris'
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) — It's almost a miracle that Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone are even alive. Yet here they are, promoting a major Hollywood film in which they portray themselves. For all three, faith is an essential part of their story.
  • Peter Rabbit
    NEW YORK (CNS) — That rustling sound you hear is famed children's author Beatrix Potter spinning in her grave, distressed at what has been done to her beloved characters in "Peter Rabbit" (Columbia).
  • Author brings Pilgrims' compelling, contradictory tale to life
    This account of the Pilgrims' daring adventure at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts explores contradictions such as their passion for their own religious freedom — yet persecution of those who did not share their beliefs.
  • 'Girlfriends,' streaming, Acorn
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Despite a stellar cast, the tiresome, overwrought "Girlfriends" is a misfire for the usually laudable streaming service Acorn.

    Created by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award-winning screenwriter Kay Mellor, the first episode of "Girlfriends" was released Monday, Jan. 29.
  • Call Me by Your Name
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Classical statuary forms a recurring visual motif in the coming-of-age drama "Call Me by Your Name" (Sony Classics). That's fitting since the film's primary romantic relationship, which bonds an older male mentor with a precocious, but untried youth, was perfectly acceptable to the pagan sensibilities of the ancient world.
  • Darkest Hour
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The spotlight shines brightly on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" (Focus), a historical drama about political leadership and backroom intrigue during a pivotal moment of World War II.
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The dramatic power and serious artistic intent that mark writer-director Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (Fox Searchlight) are too obvious to be denied.
  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The first thing to know about "Bilal: A New Breed of Hero" (Vertical Entertainment) is that its intent is not to proselytize.
  • I, Tonya
    NEW YORK (CNS) — At no point in "I, Tonya" (Neon) is it clear whether the filmmakers are sympathetic to the plight of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) or just want to make fun of both her and the peculiar, fleeting nature of fame.
  • Phantom Thread
    NEW YORK (CNS) — All rustling silk, organza, lace and tulle in the first half and a bizarre portrayal of marriage in the second half, "Phantom Thread" (Focus) is a bumpy trip through high fashion and passive-aggressive sniping in 1950s London.
  • Extraordinary physician shows medicine as a spiritual vocation, not job
    In her acclaimed 2012 book, "God's Hotel," Dr. Victoria Sweet wrote about the 20 years she practiced at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, the last public almshouse in America. During those years, she watched the transformation of medicine into health care, but she also discovered an antidote in the writings of St. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th-century mystic, nun and doctor.
  • Den of Thieves
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The hyper-violent "Den of Thieves" (STX) is a morass of crass.
  • Jesuit's Bible guide can benefit both individuals, study groups
    In the 50-plus years since the publication of the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation ("Dei Verbum," Nov. 18, 1965), Scripture has become a more prominent part of Catholic life, and more Catholics pray with Scripture and participate in parish Bible study programs. But it's probably fair to say that there is still plenty of room for improvement in this regard.
  • Philadelphia Eagles punter sees God's hand in path to Super Bowl
    MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones understands how rarely a chance to play in the Super Bowl comes around. "I've only been once in 14 years, so it's hard," said Jones, 37. "I've tried to explain to these young guys that you don't know when you're going to get another shot. We've got to make the most of this, enjoy the week and get ready for playing the game on Sunday."
  • A cappella group Cantus to perform at Marylhurst University
    The award-winning men’s vocal ensemble Cantus, famous for their blend of voices, powerful performances and innovative arrangements of works across the genres (classical, folk, popular music) will be artists in residence at Marylhurst University Feb. 12 - 13. While in residency, they will engage with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir, the Reed College Collegium and the Lane College Chamber Choir.
  • MIAMI (CNS) — Step into the principal's office at Epiphany School in Miami, and you'll think you've entered a shrine for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    And you'll be right — as you scan the banners, blanket, desk, chair and other items, all in the green and silver hues of the pro football team.
  • In chilly Minnesota, archbishop has warm welcome for Super Bowl visitors
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Archbishop Bernard J. Hebda may be a Pittsburgh native, but like a true Minnesotan, he began a welcome video for Super Bowl visitors talking about the weather.
  • Sweeney Todd to be performed at Marylhurst University
    Marylhurst University's internationally award-winning choral program presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” later this month. The musical tells the story of a murderous barber in 19th century London who bakes his victims into meat pies. There will be two performances: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m., both in St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University. Tickets are $15 general, $10 students / seniors. Details and tickets: events.marylhurst.edu/sweeney
  • Prelates' friendly Super Bowl wager will benefit poor whoever wins game
    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — A friendly wager between the archbishops of Philadelphia and Boston for Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 in Minneapolis between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will benefit needy people in both cities.
  • 'The Gilded Age,' Feb. 6, PBS
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Since its October 1988 debut, the illuminating and edifying PBS documentary series "American Experience" has offered viewers welcome relief from the serial killers, crystal meth dealers and dysfunctional families who otherwise typically populate TV.
  • After net neutrality, is children's TV next in FCC's sights?
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — In December, the Federal Communications Commission overturned the rules governing net neutrality and an open Internet that had been place for all of two years. And before January was over, one of the commissioners who voted to overturn those rules suggested that the FCC should consider doing away with much — if not all — of the regulations governing children's television.
  • Cappella Romana presents 'Messe de Nostre Dame'
    Cappella Romana presents the 14th century composer Guillaume de Machaut’s “Messe de Nostre Dame” this weekend in Seattle, Portland and Eugene.

  • Catholic high school's Rosalynn Carter documentary gets Rose Bowl debut
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's not every day that you get to see a movie at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
  • Local authors collaborate across continents
    Father Peter Siamoo, who served in the Archdiocese of Portland at St. Pius X Parish and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center before returning to Tanzania, has published his first book, “Restore Your Inner Peace: Personal Healing from Within,” with the help of a local Catholic novelist, Betty Arrigotti.
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The end is nigh, mercifully, in "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" (Fox), based on the third and final novel in James Dashner's sci-fi trilogy. And none too soon. Our intrepid band of teenagers, the "Gladers," look positively worn out, having now spent three movies running for their lives from an evil entity in a dreary (and very dusty) post-apocalyptic world.
  • Rosary CD offers wisdom of saints
    VANCOUVER, Washington — In conjunction with the centennial of the apparitions at Fatima, Saint Luke Productions has released a new “Wisdom of the Saints” Rosary recording.
  • After fleeing Iraq, Chaldean Catholic now makes faith-based films
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pete Shilaimon was not making movies in Hollywood, his current job, when he fled Iraq.
  • Immigrant experience is detailed richly on screen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — As the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week and the subject of immigration continues to occupy the headlines, here, in alphabetical order, are brief reviews of 40 quality films dealing with the immigrant experience.
  • 12 Strong
    NEW YORK (CNS) — True military adventures don't come any more rousing than "12 Strong" (Warner Bros.), the story of a tiny Special Forces unit that won a significant early victory against both the Taliban and al-Qaida in the weeks after 9/11.
  • Forever My Girl
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Most of the characters in “Forever My Girl” (Roadside Attractions), a gentle adaptation of Heidi McLaughlin's romance novel about an aspiring country music star, have a song on their lips.
  • Batman and Harley Quinn
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Is there a more ridiculous character in all of comics than Harley Quinn? The madcap former psychiatrist and sidekick to the Joker has no superpowers, has an annoying New Jersey accent and dresses like a court jester. She's not exactly the first one you'd call if Darkseid or some other major galactic threat appeared.
  • Proud Mary
    NEW YORK (CNS) — As the title character in the drama “Proud Mary” (Screen Gems), Taraji P. Henson plays a hit woman with a heart of gold. By turns violent and sentimental, the tall tale that centers on her unlikely persona is consistently unconvincing.
  • The Post
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The oddest scenes in “The Post” (Fox), a nostalgic account of The Washington Post's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, involve Meryl Streep as that newspaper's owner, Katharine Graham, hovering about its press and linotype rooms.
  • Small flaws mar book to help families in fight against pornography
    Children today are exposed to pornography at an early age, and are able to see it effortlessly on every device connected to the internet. Once a problem that was generally ignored, porn has become such a risk that parents must now take aggressive steps to protect their children from it. That is the message behind Dan S. Spencer's informative and helpful new book, "Every Parent's Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography."