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  • The Florida Project
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A new independent movie, “The Florida Project,” aims to show the life of people whom director Sean Baker calls “the hidden homeless,” as they scratch out a hand-to-mouth existence paying rent in cash weekly in motels along the U.S. Highway 192 strip between Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Having anchored popular TV series in the past, Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Jeremy Piven (“Mr. Selfridge”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) all return to television this fall, but with varying degrees of success.
  • ‘The Story of Us’
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The engaging, if occasionally morally squishy, documentary series “The Story of Us” airs in six one-hour episodes that highlight specific themes on cable’s National Geographic Channel Oct. 11-25 and Nov. 8-22.
  • The Stray
    BALTIMORE (CNS) — For a lot of people, surviving getting struck by lightning might be enough to change their life. Hollywood writer and director Mitch Davis lived through such an ordeal, but in the mind of Davis and his family, that’s not what turned their life around. It was a stray dog named Pluto, who is immortalized in “The Stray.”
  • Verboort Sausage Dinner
    The weather may be crisp or damp. Those who come may be farmers, city slickers or politicians looking for votes. But they all are ready for fun and a unique meal in rural Oregon. It takes place under towering sequoias and in the shadow of a handsome and sturdy brick church.
  • WATCH: Fire inspires Catholic singer-songwriter
    A Catholic singer-songwriter has penned a tribute song to commemorate Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Battle of the Sexes
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The early 1970s in all its revanchist sexism, double-knit-fabric garishness and choking cigarette smoke is the setting of the coming-of-age story that is "Battle of the Sexes" (Fox Searchlight).
  • The Mountain Between Us
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The proverbial call of the wild sounds more like a roar in "The Mountain Between Us" (Fox), a trapped-in-the-wilderness survival drama based on the 2011 novel by Charles Martin.
  • Flatliners
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Far from heavenly, but not exactly hellish either, the tepid afterlife-focused thriller "Flatliners" (Columbia) is more like a visit to limbo.
  • A Question of Faith
    NEW YORK (CNS) — As with so many of its forerunners in the religious message movie genre, the sober drama "A Question of Faith" (Pure Flix) seems better suited to preach to the choir than to attract the indifferent or the merely curious.
  • Fall 2017: Could 'The Good Doctor' cure what ails these new shows?
    NEW YORK (CNS) — While fresh faces are featured in two quirky concept shows of the new fall TV season — "Inhumans" and "The Good Doctor" — the established and acclaimed actress Edie Falco puts a new spin on the venerable courtroom drama with "Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders."
  • Translator's expertise brings readers to new appreciation of Bible
    Throughout "The Face of Water," Sarah Ruden brings her translator's expertise in the languages and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world to discuss the Bible. She shows how for ancient literature "form and content are inseparable, and equally important."
  • 'Castlevania,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A negatively portrayed Catholic Church is the main antagonist in "Castlevania," a new animated series on Netflix. With its twisted presentation of the faith and of history, the show, based on a video game, is obviously not for children — nor for any but well-grounded adults.
  • Home Again
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Genteel decorum prevails in the romantic comedy "Home Again" (Open Road). At least, it does so everywhere beyond the confines of its protagonist's bedroom. The result is a morally mixed film in which kindly characters follow the misguided marital and sexual dictates of contemporary society.
  • A church for all God's children
    The crowd, more than 250 strong, in Holy Rosary Parish’s Aquinas Hall, hushed as the lights dimmed Saturday night for the third-ever production of “Tolton: From slave to priest.”
  • American Assassin
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The award for the most obvious film title of the year goes to "American Assassin" (CBS Films), an action thriller about — you guessed it — a professional killer from the United States, specifically Rhode Island.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Even as its end credits roll, there's a great deal that remains puzzling about the chaotic, exhausting, genre-blending allegory "Mother!" (Paramount).
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Stylish but wayward, director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn's action sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (Fox) spoils its own fun by refusing all hint of restraint.
  • Animated characters appear in the movie "The Lego Ninjago Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Third time lucky? Not for the Lego screen franchise, alas.
  • Friend Request
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Lots of blood and little sense characterize the second-rate horror flick "Friend Request" (Entertainment Studios).
  • American Made
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "American Made" (Universal), the wild, fact-based story of airline pilot-turned-gun-runner Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), is far too turbulent for youngsters and even too bumpy for most of their elders.
  • Fans of Jesuit author will find surprises in collection of his works
    No matter how many of the bestselling books authored by Jesuit Father James Martin you have read, a great deal of what's in this book — a volume in the publisher's "Modern Spiritual Masters Series" — is likely to be unfamiliar. While it includes some brief excerpts from his most popular books ("The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything," "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," "A Jesuit Off-Broadway" and "Between Heaven and Mirth"), most of what you'll find here comes from articles by Father Martin that appeared in various periodicals including America (over 200 to date), the Tablet, Huffington Post and Portland, the University of Portland's alumni magazine. James T. Keane does the author's many fans a service, then, by presenting them with material they might otherwise never know about.
  • Drama on first African-American priest opening in Portland
    To characterize Father Augustus Tolton’s life as remarkable is an understatement. 
  • Secret deal? Author hopes Vatican archives shed light on efforts to end Holocaust
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Secret negotiations between Heinrich Himmler — the "architect" of the Holocaust — and a Swiss Catholic politician, hired by a Jewish woman and helped by an Italian papal nuncio, may have contributed to ending the mass extermination of the Jewish people, according to a Canadian researcher.
  • Pumpkin patches
    Crunch. It’s the sound of small children racing through a field in search of the perfect carving pumpkin. This annual tradition can fashion wonderful memories for families.
  • Compellingly honest book on prayer contrasts with another offering
    Heather King is a wonderful writer who, in "Holy Desperation," gives us a contemporary rendition of classic Catholic asceticism.
  • Harvest Moon Hoedown in Selma
    When America was made up largely of farms, the Saturday night hoedown was the high point of the week. With movies, television and internet, this tradition has faded, but younger folks are getting interested in authenticity and leaving digital devices behind now and then.
  • Enjoyable bio looks at McDonald's businessman, his philanthropist wife
    Ray Kroc was driven to succeed. The first 50 years of his life he hustled to sell paper cups and then milkshake machines. He supported his wife and daughter in a little house in the Chicago area but never hit the big time. But he never gave up on his dreams, and he continually looked for opportunities to prosper.
  • It


    NEW YORK (CNS) — Moviegoers looking for nothing more than to be unsettled will likely be satisfied with the horror adaptation "It" (Warner Bros.). However, while director Andy Muschietti's generally effective screen version of Stephen King's 1986 novel promotes friendship and fear-conquering solidarity, it also includes some grisly sights that, taken together with other elements, make it suitable for few.
  • Home Again
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Genteel decorum prevails in the romantic comedy "Home Again" (Open Road). At least, it does so everywhere beyond the confines of its protagonist's bedroom. The result is a morally mixed film in which kindly characters follow the misguided marital and sexual dictates of contemporary society.
  • Tulip Fever
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Horticulture was never as steamy — or silly — as in "Tulip Fever" (Weinstein), a period drama based on the 1999 novel by Deborah Moggach.
  • Tapestries, once on the walls of St. Peter’s Basilica, to go on display in Eugene
    EUGENE — An exhibition of rare 17th-century Italian tapestries that once decorated St. Peter’s Basilica will be on view beginning Sept. 23 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus.
  • Corn maze on Sauvie Island
    Even if a sea of corn is not your field of dreams, Sauvie Island’s maze is a fun — corny? — way to get lost in fall’s splendor.
  • All Saints
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Sincere but less than slick, the low-key, fact-based drama "All Saints" (Sony) celebrates Christian faith and family life. Believers, accordingly, will likely be inclined to overlook its artistic shortcomings.
  • Birth of the Dragon
    NEW YORK (CNS) — No one goes to a kung fu movie to savor plot nuances. They're all about tightly choreographed kicks and punches, and pleasing epigrammatic dialogue about near-monastic discipline and self-control, mixed in with a dusting of Asian spice.
  • Good Time
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Gritty and intense, the ironically titled crime drama "Good Time" (A24) actually charts some very grim hours in the lives of its central characters.
  • Book collects John Paul II's notes from 41 years of spiritual retreats
    St. John Paul II was a churchman known for his public activism and as a major world figure during the latter part of the last century.

    As a priest, bishop and cardinal in communist-ruled Poland, he learned how to deal with an authoritarian atheist regime, helping to keep faith alive and flourishing in the historically Catholic country. As pope, he was instrumental in the fall of the Soviet empire and the end of the cold war, chipping away at the Iron Curtain with his constant calls for religious liberty and respect for human rights.
  • Notre Dame coach recalled as moral leader
    In the U.S. Catholic world, the coach of Notre Dame football is one of the most famed of figures. From 1964 to 1974, the post was held by a man who earned even more than the usual respect. Though he was Presbyterian, Ara Parseghian attended Mass every week with his players and insisted that they uphold the Catholic university’s values.
  • The Good Karma Hospital
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The wonderfully humane and sumptuously photographed drama "The Good Karma Hospital" makes an outstanding introduction to the streaming service Acorn TV — roughly a hybrid of Netflix and the BBC — for those who have yet to try it.
  • Logan Lucky
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Steven Soderbergh reinvents his "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy with a backwoods twist in "Logan Lucky" (Bleecker Street), a zany heist caper.
  • The Hitman's Bodyguard
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Morality is never allowed to get in the way of style as Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds find creative ways to dispatch a host of extras in the excessively mayhem-ridden action flick "The Hitman's Bodyguard" (Summit).
  • Leap
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Ballet enthusiasts of all ages should jump at the chance to see the charming animated film "Leap!" (Weinstein). Set in 1880s France, and originally entitled "Ballerina," this French-Canadian movie, produced by L'Atelier Animation and directed with brio by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, is a visual wonder.
  • Documentary and Mass to mark 50th anniversary of Fr. Vincent Capodanno’s death in combat
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—This September marks the 50th anniversary of the death on a Vietnam battlefield of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, M.M., Servant of God. Two major events will commemorate the occasion.
  • Banks-Vernonia State Trail beckons
    There is a cornucopia of hikes to choose from in Oregon, but an especially striking one for autumn color is the Banks-Vernonia Trail. Its 21 miles are lined with deciduous trees — including Oregon ash, red alder, big-leaf maple and sour cherry — displaying creation’s arboreal hues at their most splendid.
  • The Glass Castle
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Anyone who's endured the ignominy of grinding poverty with an alcoholic, out-of- work parent understands that there's nothing ennobling about the experience. It's something to endure, to escape if one can, and it leaves deep psychic scars for which later wealth is weak compensation. It's not an experience to be sentimentalized.
  • Monastic hospitality
    The Benedictine monks of Mount Angel exercise their famous Christian welcome during the annual St. Benedict Festival earlier this summer. Food, music and drinks brought together monks and visitors on a warm day.
  • Annabelle: Creation
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Most of the mayhem wreaked by the figurine-haunting demon at the center of the horror prequel "Annabelle: Creation" (Warner Bros.) is restrained. Yet, as the film progresses, director David F. Sandberg and his collaborators allow their imagery to become briefly but disturbingly graphic.
  • 'Faith County' set for Aug. 17-18
    Play, at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, explores small town life.
  • The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Much of the action in the animated children's comedy "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" (Open Road) unfolds at a frenzied pace. Yet, for all the sound and fury, this is in the end a bland film, unlikely to please any but the least discerning viewers.

    Perhaps that's because the folks behind this sequel (the original launched in 2014) were too focused on 3-D special effects to waste time giving their characters much personality. Ironically, those effects turn out to raise the main objection to the picture from a parent's perspective since — together with the many menacing situations to which the plot gives rise — they may be too scary for little kids.
  • Detroit

    NEW YORK (CNS) — A dark chapter of the Motor City's history is revisited in "Detroit" (Annapurna), a searing period drama.

    The setting is the summer of 1967, when race riots broke out in several cities across the country. In Detroit, simmering discontent over systemic discrimination and growing unemployment erupted in African-American neighborhoods. As protesters clashed with police, businesses were set afire and looting was widespread.

  • Kidnap

    NEW YORK (CNS) — The compact thriller "Kidnap" (Aviron) has Halle Berry's expressive face going for it, but not a whole lot else. The film is less a story about a mother's enduring love and sacrifice for her young son than it is a long drive in an amazingly durable minivan.

  • Compelling study brings archaeology to life for academics, nonexperts
    Some 3.6 million years ago in what is now Laetoli, Tanzania, three "hominins" (ancestral humans) walked across fresh ash from a volcano, leaving footprints that the archaeologist Mary Leakey discovered in 1978-79. She and her team identified about 70 such footprints, extending for nearly 90 feet.
  • The Dark Tower
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Awash in high-flown metaphysical hooey, director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel's dull sci-fi fantasy "The Dark Tower" (Columbia) is inappropriate for the impressionable.
  • The Emoji Movie

    NEW YORK (CNS) — Tech savvy viewers will especially enjoy the wacky proceedings of "The Emoji Movie" (Columbia). But patrons of all stripes will appreciate the film's themes of loyal friendship and faithful romance.

  • 'Chesapeake Shores,' Aug. 6, Hallmark Channel

    NEW YORK (CNS) — Considered the most successful series in the Hallmark Channel's history, the appealing multigenerational family drama ''Chesapeake Shores" will likely build on its popularity when it embarks on its second season Sunday, Aug. 6, 9-10 p.m.

  • A Ghost Story
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "A Ghost Story" (A24) could be the best film about purgatory you'll see this year.

    That depends, of course, on whether you think that purgatory is the state in which Casey Affleck's recently departed character exists. Writer-director David Lowery hasn't attempted a story about religion specifically or spirituality generally, but rather has made a reflection on loss.

  • FCC approves merger of Relevant Radio, Immaculate Heart Radio

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Federal Communications Commission has approved the merger of Relevant Radio and Immaculate Heart Radio.

    Both are nonprofit, listener-supported radio chains. Relevant's stations are principally in the Midwest and East, while Immaculate Heart's are in the West and the Plains states.

  • The Tribunal
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The annulment process provides the unusual courtroom setting for the romantic drama "The Tribunal" (Freestyle). While the movie's Catholic values are strong, they come filtered through some faulty filmmaking.
  • Atomic Blonde
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Aspiring to be edgy and stylish, the espionage thriller "Atomic Blonde" (Focus), matches sometimes sadistic brawling with exploitative scenes of aberrant sex. The result is not only degraded but tedious as well.