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  • 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.

  • Love, Simon
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Good-hearted and well-crafted, but morally misguided, the gay-themed romantic comedy "Love, Simon" (Fox) is deserving of careful analysis rather than off-hand dismissal.
  • Death Wish
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Even dressed up with some style and the presumption of wit, the remake of "Death Wish" (MGM) is the same nihilistic racist vigilante fantasy that the five films in the first series were years ago.
  • Tomb Raider
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Way back when, while the century was yet young, Angelina Jolie brought a familiar figure from the world of video games to life in 2001's critically panned but financially successful "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and 2003's better reviewed but less lucrative "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life."
  • Okami
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In 2004, Japanese game developer Hideki Kamiya was working on a demo sequence of a running wolf. Intrigued by what he saw, Kamiya decided to develop the clip into a full game.
  • Son's meeting with birth mother made into film
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- David Scotton knew he had been adopted, but he didn't really know the circumstances behind it until his birth mother made contact with him.
  • The Child in Time
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The venerable "Masterpiece" franchise will debut the pensive, layered, demanding contemporary drama "The Child in Time" on PBS stations Easter Sunday, April 1.
  • A Wrinkle in Time
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Director Ava DuVernay's youth-oriented fantasy film "A Wrinkle in Time" (Disney) wants to blow your mind.
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night
     NEW YORK (CNS) -- Random murder is the order of the day in the sadistic horror flick "The Strangers: Prey at Night" (Aviron).
  •  Paul, Apostle of Christ
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In the long history of the church, perhaps no partnership has been more consequential than that between St. Paul the Apostle and his disciple, St. Luke.
  • Gringo
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Moral dilemmas come fast and furious in "Gringo" (STX), a dark, but somehow not cynical, comedy about avarice and its near-instant consequences.
  • The Hurricane Heist
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- It's fixin' to rain in the "The Hurricane Heist" (Entertainment Studios). This serviceable mash-up of the apocalyptic weather event and crime caper genres is as shallow as a puddle.
  • I Can Only Imagine
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Dennis Quaid brings his formidable talent to bear in the faith-driven drama "I Can Only Imagine" (Lionsgate).
  • The Ensemble presents Lent in Italy
    Catherine van der Salm, Laura Beckel Thoreson and string ensemble present a Lenten tour de force of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Ferrandini’s Il pianto di Maria. Hear the production Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church in Eugene, and Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at the Old Church in Portland.
  • Engaging look at diverse objects brings Catholic history to life
    What could Christopher Columbus' compass, the Wittenberg door and the curls of St. Therese of Lisieux possibly have in common? All, it turns out, reveal memorable stories about the history of the church.
  • Runway to heaven: Vatican, The Met piece together faith and fashion
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI's custom-made red leather loafers became a signature part of his wardrobe after his election in 2005, Newsweek labeled him "a religious-fashion icon" and Esquire named him "Accessorizer of the Year."
  • No phantom threads in upcoming 'Heavenly Bodies' exhibit in New York
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The sectarian will meet the secular in an unusual way with the May 10 debut of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" in New York City.
  • Death Wish
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Even dressed up with some style and the presumption of wit, the remake of "Death Wish" (MGM) is the same nihilistic racist vigilante fantasy that the five films in the first series were years ago.
  • Every Day
    NEW YORK (CNS) — It's not "Every Day" (Orion) that you run into an incorporeal spirit who inhabits the bodies of different people for 24 hours at a time. But such is the unusual nature of the love interest in this strange teen romance.
  • '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.