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  • Authors meld traditional, progressive views in book on Mass translation
    Any Catholic curious about, or perplexed by, the current translation of the Mass prayers being used in English-speaking countries — including, of course, the United States — will find in this slim volume the best discussion of the topic currently available. It should be required reading for all clergy, particularly bishops.
  • God of War
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Any video game that carries the title "God of War" (Sony Interactive Entertainment) is unlikely to be safe fun for the whole family. And so it proves with the eighth iteration of this violent franchise.
  • Prophetic Bishop Barron offers tools to help Catholics evangelize
    "To Light a Fire on the Earth" is written by John Allen Jr. who poses various questions to Bishop Robert E. Barron on a wide range of topics, including Bishop Baron's early life, his seminary days, early influences, beauty, truth, goodness and, of course, evangelization.
  • Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides some narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.
  • Wraith
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The real-life evil of abortion is blended with otherworldly and occult phenomena in the horror tale "Wraith" (Out Cold). The result is an earnest but flawed message movie.
  • A life-affirming horror film?
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Horror films, one would think, are generally about death. The writer and director of "Wraith" said his movie is about life.
  • Roma Downey writes about living in the moment
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- One of Roma Downey's life lessons came from her mother's cabinet full of broken china.
  • Minnesota Catholic uses failures to inspire writing of baseball novel
    MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — Tom Murray's novel about fathers, sons and baseball in rural Iowa is a product of failure.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — As the house lights came down and the auditorium screen lit up, a young Rome-based filmmaker and religion journalist sat with a fixated audience for the April 29 theatrical premiere of his documentary, "Faces Among Icons," a study of Christianity in today's Russia.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass in best-selling album
    By WASHINGTON (CNS) — Bluegrass music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Dominicans, but for the 10 Dominican brothers and priests at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington who recently released their debut album, "The Hillbilly Thomists," the two have a lot in common.
  • The Devil and Father Amorth
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In this age of media saturation, there can't be many human activities that have yet to be captured on film or videotape.
  • 'Requiem'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "I want to know who I am," Matilda Gray (Lydia Wilson), the protagonist of the supernatural thriller "Requiem" says. By the time they finish the six-episode miniseries, which began streaming on Netflix March 23, viewers will likely identify this aspiration as an example of the saying "Be careful what you wish for."
  • Suor Leonora and the music of Renaissance Ferrara
    In Mulieribus’ next concert tonight at St. Mary Cathedral explores the music heard in and around the Italian city of Ferrara during the 16th century.
  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash
    (CNS) — Combine familiar comic book figures with the memorable time-warp premise of 1993's "Groundhog Day," and you've got the delightful direct-to-video feature "Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash" (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment).The movie, which is suitable for all, teaches strong moral lessons about self-sacrifice, personal responsibility, the value of science and the need to be conscious of what's going on around you.
  • Bad Samaritan
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Those few grown-ups for whom it can be considered acceptable will find the thriller "Bad Samaritan" (Electric Entertainment) intriguing but seamy. Writer Brandon Boyce and director Dean Devlin have created an intricate moral maze of a film. Yet following its ins and outs involves journeying to an underworld of aberrant behavior many may not wish to visit.
  • Overboard
    NEW YORK (CNS) — No need to throw a lifeline to "Overboard" (MGM), a surprisingly buoyant remake of the 1987 romantic comedy.
  • Nun-activist is focus of film
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) — From her petite frame, knit sweater and snow-white hair, it would be difficult to guess that 88-year-old Sister Megan Rice, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, recently spent two years behind bars for a felony.
  • Tully
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Jason Reitman's comedy "Tully" (Focus) winds up strongly affirming marriage and family life. Yet his film takes such a rocky path to that positive outcome that most viewers may not wish to follow it.
  • Traffik
    (CNS) — A series of onscreen statistics at the end of "Traffik" (Lionsgate) are meant to alert viewers to the extent of the very grave real-world problem of human trafficking with which the film deals. They're also there, perhaps, to reinforce the idea that writer-director Deon Taylor has approached his dramatization of this blight with only the best and most serious intentions.
  • Blumhouse's Truth or Dare
    NEW YORK (CNS) — There's little authenticity or audacity to be found in the dull thriller "Blumhouse's Truth or Dare" (Universal).
  • Avengers: Infinity War
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Strong pro-life values are embedded in the towering, richly complex Marvel Comics-based adventure "Avengers: Infinity War" (Disney). While this often-dazzling, sometimes-dizzying epic is safest for grown-ups, its positive moral lessons may lead at least some parents to deem it acceptable for older teens as well.
  • I Feel Pretty
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Whacks to the noggin make such convenient plot devices.
  •  Super Troopers 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Imagine being confined for about an hour and a half in the boys' locker room of a high school attended exclusively by dullards, and you'll have a sense of what it's like to sit through the obnoxious ensemble comedy "Super Troopers 2" (Fox Searchlight).
  • WATCH: Veteran musician’s goal: Help people pray
    MOUNT ANGEL — As a girl, Kathy Valdez almost packed in singing. During a grade school solo in Cottage Grove, she squeaked out the high note in “Danny Boy.” Mortified, she resolved to avoid the choral arts.
  • 'Bobby Kennedy for President,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The first and last episodes of the four-part docuseries "Bobby Kennedy for President" may not gratify viewers as much as the middle chapters. But at its best, the film will fascinate, absorb and deeply affect viewers. Released April 27, and presented in one-hour segments, the profile is streaming on Netflix.
  • You Were Never Really Here
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Whatever point there might be to "You Were Never Really Here" (Amazon), this adaptation of the Jonathan Ames novella about a stressed-out, self-loathing hitman from writer-director Lynne Ramsay is adrift in a lurid quagmire of immorality.
  • Isle of Dogs
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Writer-director Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" (Fox Searchlight) pushes the limits of his customary deadpan drollery with its emphasis on death and gloom.
  • Beirut
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Every word matters in "Beirut" (Bleecker Street), an espionage thriller set in 1982 during the Lebanese civil war.
  • Rampage
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Those looking for a film that seriously engages with the human condition or advances the art of cinema will not find what they're looking for in "Rampage" (Warner Bros.).
  • Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Any animal who manages to become an honorary noncommissioned officer in the Army must have a story worth telling. And so it proves with the generally endearing animated slice of history "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero" (Fun Academy).
  • Chappaquiddick
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- On July 18, 1969, commander Neil Armstrong and his crew were hurtling toward the moon aboard Apollo 11 and Sen. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy of Massachusetts seemed to be running on the inside track in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1972.
  • Vanier's world of L'Arche communities 'makes sense to me'
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Randall Wright, who made the film documentary "Summer in the Forest" on the L'Arche communities founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, said Vanier's world "makes sense to me."
  • The Heart of Nuba
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "The Heart of Nuba" (Abramorama), an uplifting documentary directed by Kenneth Carlson and executive produced by Maria Shriver, tells a story that is, by turns, wonderful and horrifying.
  • Venice in the East
    Venice in the East, a Cappella Romana program presenting music from Venice and its Greek colonies, will be at St. Mary Cathedral in Northwest Portland Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m., and at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Oswego Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m.
  • 'Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky,'
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Deeply moving and richly satisfying, the unusually fine documentary "Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky" debuts on PBS stations Monday, April 23, 10-11 p.m. EDT, as part of the network's "Independent Lens" series.
  • Musical Instrument Artisans Gather at Marylhurst
    This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit. On Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, more than 80 artisans from across the Pacific Northwest will gather at Marylhurst University to display – and play – all types of guitars, bowed and stringed instruments, mandolins, banjos, ukes, percussion and ancient instruments.
  • Trio of books look at Protestant Reformation through different lenses
    Five hundred years later, the effects of the divorce initiated by Martin Luther are still being worked out.
  • Ready Player One
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Those who may have wondered what it would be like to be a pinball crashing around inside a machine amid flashing lights and ear-splitting sounds will find that expe-rience approximated in the sci-fi fantasy "Ready Player One" (Warner Bros).
  • Summer in the Forest
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The documentary "Summer in the Forest" (Abramorama) is filmmaker Randall Wright's gentle, loving portrait of a man with those same qualities, Canadian advocate for the developmentally disabled Jean Vanier.
  • Blockers
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Contemporary society's misguided outlook on sex, from which all regard for the Gospel virtue of chastity has seemingly been banished, permeates the low comedy "Block-ers" (Universal). The result is a morass of bad morals.
  • A Quiet Place
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The compact, stylish horror film "A Quiet Place" (Paramount) might be a parable about resisting tyranny. Taken strictly on its surface, it's a story about how strong, trusting family ties can overcome any obstacle — especially if the members of the clan in question are as technically adept as TV's Mac-Gyver.
  • Film aims to help young singles reclaim 'social script' for how to date
    BOSTON (CNS) -- Going out on dates to get extra credit might sound like an easy way to boost your grade in professor Kerry Cronin's class at Jesuit-run Boston College.
  • Despite flaws, picture-filled Fatima books tell compelling story
    The year 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions in Fatima. There has been a small deluge of publications to honor the occasion. These two short, picture-filled books show signs of being rushed to publication.
  • God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Atheism is set at defiance once more in the franchise-extending drama "God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" (Pure Flix).
  • Acrimony
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Writer-director Tyler Perry pulls out all the stops in the lurid drama "Acri-mony" (Lionsgate). Since his treatment of sexuality is as unbridled as all the other aspects of his film, this initially wild, ultimately over-the-top tale has a small appropriate audience.
  • The Miracle Season
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Make sure you have your tissues handy when you go to see "The Miracle Season" (Mirror). As he did with 2011's "Soul Surfer," director Sean McNamara once again brings a tragic, but ultimately inspiring, fact-based sports story to the big screen in a film parents and older children can enjoy together.
  • Sherlock Gnomes
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Fans of 2011's "Gnomeo and Juliet" may be pleased to discover that James McAvoy and Emily Blunt reprise their voice work as that film's title players in the animated adven-ture "Sherlock Gnomes" (Paramount).
  • Midnight Sun
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- More than four centuries have passed since William Shakespeare wrote the mother of all love stories, "Romeo and Juliet." Since then, there have been countless variations on his tale of teenage star-crossed lovers.
  • Four years from start to finish no wrinkle in time for film's producer
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Who would have the patience to wait four years for a finished product? That's how long it took from concept to its arrival in multiplexes for "A Wrinkle in Time," the new film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's fantasy novel for young readers.
  • A comic book look at 'The People's Pope'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Francis: The People's Pope" (Seven Stories Press), a graphic biography by journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall, is, in its way, a celebration of the current successor of St. Peter. Written from a far-left political perspective, the book calls Pope Francis a refreshing new leader but argues that he isn't liberal enough.
  • Unsane
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The "trapped in a mental asylum" suspense genre hasn't been trotted out much in recent years. "Unsane" (Bleecker Street) shows us why.
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Just when you thought it was safe to take a peaceful stroll through downtown, Godzilla's mechanical distant cousins return with a vengeance in "Pacific Rim Uprising" (Universal), a noisy, violent, and utterly ridiculous sci-fi adventure.
  • Gotham by Gaslight: Batman vs. Jack the Ripper
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Catholics who view the direct-to-video animated film "Batman: Gotham by Gaslight" (Warner Home Video) may take a particular interest in one character, a nun named Sister Leslie (voice of Grey DeLisle).
  • South Carolina artist honors memories of Holocaust victims with drawings
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (CNS) — Mary Burkett never had formal art lessons. Drawing was something she resolved to try as a hobby in January 2017.

    She decided to sketch the face of a little boy she saw in a black and white photo on the internet.
  • Recent film ratings (April 2018)
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here is a list of recent films that Catholic News Service has rated on the basis of moral suitability.
  • Famed German director makes film about Pope Francis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After two years working on a documentary about Pope Francis, the noted German filmmaker Wim Wenders said he is most struck by the pope's courage.
  • Children's well-being sacrificed to adults' sexual whims, new book says
    CATONSVILLE, Md. (CNS) — The U.S. government, which once made guarding the well-being of children a top priority, has now abandoned their interests in favor of the sexual wishes of their parents, according to a new book by law professor Helen M. Alvare.
  • Video games get White House scrutiny after Parkland shooting
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It was only 40 years ago that the video game "Space Invaders" came onto the scene. In 1978, video games were few and far between, unless you had some kind of primitive Atari or Intellivision console that you could hook up to your tube TV to play something other than "Pong." But "Space Invaders" set the tone for generations of video games yet to come.
  • 7 Days in Entebbe
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- All the tension of a daring military raid has somehow been drained from "7 Days in Entebbe" (Focus).
  • Despite flaws, book offers fair assessment of Francis' papacy so far
    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has become one of the leading Catholic commentators on the Francis papacy, and this book, being released around the papacy's fifth anniversary, serves well as both an overview of the pope's accomplishments and a sometimes critical commentary on them.
  • Listen to Cappella Romana's Passion Week music

    Cappella Romana has made its album of Holy Week music available on Spotify. Go to open.spotify.com/album/6L8CgYHuG4ikby3VlcN2Lp to hear music by Maximilian Steinberg and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.