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  • Love and Mercy: Faustina
    NEW YORK (CNS) — During Advent, Catholics are invited to look for ways to prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Experiencing the gentleness of God through learning more about St. Faustina and the devotion to the Divine Mercy might just be the perfect way to do so.
  • 'Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The film "Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements" takes its title, of course, from Ludwig von Beethoven's famous 19th-century composition for piano.
  • Playmobil: The Movie
    NEW YORK (CNS) — What middling community theater is to Broadway, "Playmobil: The Movie" (STX) is to the Lego film franchise. While the lines of toys on which they're based may be similar, the quality of their big-screen outings diverges widely.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — The holidays are filled with classics in various media, not least several popular video-game franchises that annually acquire new additions to their families. As the shopping season opens, gamers and their relatives should keep an eye out for the following titles.
  • New books for Catholic children
    The following children's books are suitable for Christmas giving: "The Advent of Christmas," "Drawing God," "Made for Greatness: A Growth Mindset Journal for Catholic Youth," "The Seed Who Was Afraid to be Planted," "Kiddie Cat," "For Eden's Sake," "YouCat for Kids: A Catholic Catechism for Children and Parents," and "Where is Jesus: My First Words in Search of God." 
  • Reissued biography shows saint's complexity, contradictions
    Bishop Guy Gaucher argues that few saints have been as misunderstood in their lifetime as much as St. Therese. Worse, she was victimized by the saccharine religiosity of the late 19th century. In his book, "Saint Therese of Lisieux: Story of a Life," Bishop Gaucher offers a realistic portrayal of the French saint as opposed to the mawkish one often associated with her.
  • 2019 Book Reviews
    The third annual Catholic Sentinel book review round-up is just in time for Christmas. All these books can be ordered from Powell's Books or your local book-seller.
  • Sailing to Byzantium at St. Mary Cathedral
    Cappella Romana offered audiences in Portland, Seattle, Lake Oswego and Lincoln City a spectacular Northwest premiere of the century-old Alexander Kastalsky’s requiem to the fallen of World War I: “Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes.”
  • Christmas movie tells story of orphans helped by guardian angels
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) -- When it debuted in late 2018, "Buttons: A Christmas Tale" boasted an impressive number of famous names and familiar faces, and it was shown in select theaters only Dec. 8, 2018.
  • New book on the rosary highlights St. John Paul II's devotion to it
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If the use of the rosary as a devotion fell off at some point in the past, that's not the case now, according to Gretchen R. Crowe, Our Sunday Visitor's editorial director for periodicals.
  • Queen & Slim
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The volatile drama "Queen & Slim" (Universal) uses a fictional story to examine the real-life alienation between the police and the African American community.
  • 'The Crown,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Anglophiles take heart: After a two-year hiatus, "The Crown" has made its much-anticipated return. The third season of the justly celebrated limited-series drama is currently streaming in 10 one-hour episodes on Netflix.
  • Knives Out
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- As the days of 2019 dwindle down to a precious few, we're unlikely to see the year produce a more richly entertaining film than the splendid comic whodunit "Knives Out" (Lionsgate).
  • Authors approach topic of end-of-life care from different angles
    For many facing the death of a loved one, the hospice movement in the U. S. has been a tremendous resource in the last generation or two, with many families wishing in retrospect they had been connected with hospice services sooner. These two books offer us rather different and yet helpful perspectives on the important experience of hospice care for the dying.
  • Catholic faith helps Mary Higgins Clark bring characters to life
    TORONTO (CNS) — How does one go from being a widowed mother of five children to a best-selling suspense writer with a huge international following?
  • Death Stranding
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Issues of isolation and social breakdown are explored in celebrated game designer Hideo Kojima's "Death Stranding" (Sony Interactive).
  • Author: Everyone needs prayer amid busyness of life
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — For Kathryn Jean Lopez, her new book "A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living" is a comprehensive collection of prayers that offer love, support and guidance to withstand the world's challenges.
  • Forever in bluejeans: Icon painter brings Minnesota martyr to life
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Nick Markell had never heard of Christian Brother James Miller when Cretin-Derham Hall High School first commissioned the acclaimed artist to paint an icon of the martyr.
  • Books on importance Mary has in Catholic life
    Some wit once quipped about Christmas, "Ah, yes, the only season of the year when Protestants can't avoid talking about Mary." There may be some truth to this. However, Catholic readers are likely as Protestant readers to find these two books both inspiring and informative when it comes to nourishing a healthy, theologically balanced attitude toward Mary.
  • 21 Bridges
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The harshly violent crime drama "21 Bridges" (STX) never explores the many themes it hints at raising.
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Last year, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" — filmmaker Morgan Neville's documentary about iconic public television children's show host Fred Rogers (1928-2003) — achieved both critical acclaim and remarkable success at the box office.
  • 'Cheat,' Nov. 21, Sundance Now
    NEW YORK (CNS) — When the psychological suspense drama "Cheat" aired on Britain's ITV channel in March of 2019, it became the U.K.'s second-most watched new drama of the year.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    NEW YORK (CNS) — War games are often problematic for a variety of reasons. But Activision's latest release proves especially violent as well as historically inaccurate.
  • Author criticized for perpetuating myth
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chief communications officer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized a new book on Pope Francis' papacy for perpetuating “an unfortunate and inaccurate myth” that Pope Francis is facing resistance from the leadership and staff of the bishops' conference.
  • Women's history of Christianity does disservice to Catholic beliefs
    If you're interested in reading weird and shocking tales, heretical teachings and unusual factoids, then this book will interest you. But it is a deep disappointment for those looking for a celebration of women's contributions to the Christian church. This book neither edifies nor uplifts. If anything, I felt increasingly angry reading about the many injustices perpetrated in the name of faith.
  • Finding inspiration in the Obit pages
    Obituary pages have always been popular. There are many reasons for that, including checking to see if an acquaintance has slipped away, because we care about other people (even people we don't know), and are curious about their lives, and also because there are often nuggets of wisdom in the “obits.”
  • WATCH: Music on the hilltop
    ST. BENEDICT — In Damian Hall at the seminary here, Myrna Keough leads Deacon Raymond Philip Napuli through a practice of a Gregorian chant, Ave Verum Corpus. Keough sits at her piano tapping out the notes and reassessing the key in which the chant should be sung at the upcoming Mass of candidacy. Napuli stands behind her, gripping the sides of his music stand, gently following along with the music. He will chant the music with the rest of the seminary choir in a few short weeks.
  • Charlie's Angels
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The mantra for a film industry obsessed with remakes and reboots could be "Everything old is new again." The latest example: "Charlie's Angels" (Columbia), the third film iteration of the iconic 1976-81 television series.
  • Ford v Ferrari
    NEW YORK (CNS) – "Ford v Ferrari" (Fox) revels in its 1960s gender stereotypes, evoking a "Great Man" age of auto racers in which the men were men and the women glad of it.
  • 'Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Most Americans would be hard-pressed to name boxing's current heavyweight champion. Yet, for most of the 20th century, that person was a central figure in our national life.
  • A literature ‘conversion’ at Mount Angel
    One of what Benedictine Brother Israel Sanchez calls his “literature conversion” moments came when he was volunteering at St. André Bessette Parish in downtown Portland. After about five months there, he picked up the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Ironweed,” by William Kennedy. 
    The novel is about a homeless man. 
  • Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent.
  • Books for girls offer Catholic guidance to build bonds, navigate life
    Two new books for female readers offer Catholic perspective and guidance for building relationships and navigating through life.
  • Doctor Sleep
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In crafting the horror sequel "Doctor Sleep" (Warner Bros.), which follows up on the events recounted in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film, "The Shining" -- based, like its successor, on a novel by Stephen King -- writer-director Mike Flanagan takes his time and effectively builds up a macabre mood.
  • 'American Son,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) stars in the intimate, viscerally powerful drama “American Son.” Miami attorney and playwright Christopher Demos-Brown adapted the 90-minute film — which is currently streaming on Netflix — from his acclaimed 2018 Broadway play.
  • Study cites 'content creep' in making TV ratings unreliable
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A system is only as good as the people who use it.
  • Playing With Fire
    NEW YORK (CNS) — If your folks warned you against “Playing With Fire” (Paramount), their advice was sound. Though generally harmless, this comedy is so painfully unfunny, it's almost fascinating.
  • Last Christmas
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The holiday-themed blend of romantic comedy and drama “Last Christmas” (Universal) is both awkward in execution and problematic in content. So viewers committed to scriptural values should approach it with caution.
  • Polish actress read saint's diaries to prepare for film role
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Kamila Kaminska, the Polish actress who played St. Faustina Kowalska in the new movie "Love and Mercy: Faustina," read the diaries her fellow countrywoman wrote to help prepare for the role.
  • Midway
    NEW YORK (CNS) — It's all hands on deck in the vivid fact-based naval epic "Midway" (Lionsgate). In fact, the cast of this historical drama is so crowded that viewers might feel the occasional roll call was in order.
  • Motherless Brooklyn
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Edward Norton wrote, directed and stars in "Motherless Brooklyn" (Warner Bros.), an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel. The result is a top-notch crime drama whose sound basic values are only tarnished by the gritty vocabulary of its script.
  • The Divine Plan
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players," says Shakespeare in "As You Like It." For people of faith, the world is God's stage, but we aren't merely players. We are partners with God as he acts through the human beings he has created.
  • Arctic Dogs
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Arctic Dogs" (AMBI Group) serves up family-friendly fare, scoring high on the cuteness meter despite its lack of originality.
  • Terminator: Dark Fate
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Grown fans of the action genre will find the sci-fi adventure "Terminator: Dark Fate" (Paramount) a serviceable diversion. Logicians dedicated to the details of cause and effect, not so much.
  • By the Grace of God
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In 2015, director and co-writer Tom McCarthy's fact-based film "Spotlight" followed the landmark investigation by reporters from the Boston Globe into the extent of priestly sexual abuse in their home city.
  • Top Catholic musician, conductor, composer Leo Nestor dies at 70
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 28 for Leo Cornelius Nestor, professor emeritus of sacred music at The Catholic University of America and former director of music director at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
  • Requiem to premiere at St. Mary Cathedral
    It was a requiem for the dead of World War I, but because it was written by a Russian composer, the director of the Moscow Synodal School of Church Singing, it would never be performed during the Soviet era. 
  • Harriet
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Harriet" (Focus) is a long overdue drama chronicling the exploits of the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Maryland-born Harriet Tubman (c.1822-1913).
  • Portland Art Museum: Día de Muertos
    Día de Muertos (Day of Dead) is a Mexican celebration of life to remember deceased loved ones. 
  • “Interfacing Science and Religion”
    ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Abbey’s 2019 Fall Lecture Series, “Interfacing Science and Religion,” offers its third of four presentations Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. This presentation is given by Dr. Russell Butkis and Dr. Steven Kolmes. 
  • St. Luke Production's next show at St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland, will be “Vianney” on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
  • 'The Apollo,' Nov. 6, HBO
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The last 10 minutes of "The Apollo" are wonderful. But, unfortunately, many viewers may abandon this otherwise unremarkable documentary, which premieres on the HBO pay-cable channel Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9-11 p.m. EST, long before its wrap-up.
  • Countdown
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Viewers may marvel at the efficiency and ingenuity it took to get a few authentic jolts into "Countdown" (STX). The movie is part of a loose genre of haunted-phone films.
  • Lucy in the Sky
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Something about the experience of outer space has a way of altering earthbound judgments. "Lucy in the Sky," (Fox Searchlight), a drama based loosely on a real-life love triangle involving astronaut Lisa Nowak, attempts to portray this.
  • The Current War: Director's Cut
    NEW YORK (CNS) — It's inventor Thomas Edison in one corner and industrialist George Westinghouse in the other in the intriguing historical drama "The Current War: Director's Cut" (101 Studios).
  • Victoria Requiem presented
    The combined adult and youth choirs of Cantores in Ecclesia, directed by Blake Applegate, present Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum.
  • Judgment Day: New book claims Vatican close to financial ruin
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An Italian author who was once tried and acquitted by a Vatican court for publishing leaked documents is claiming in a new book that decades of mismanagement, shady deals and decreasing donations will leave the Vatican no choice but to default.
  • OCP unveils new missal
    After 10 years of producing the contemporary worship music supplement Choose Christ, Portland-based Oregon Catholic Press is releasing the Choose Christ Missal, which includes more contemporary repertoire.
  • Black and Blue
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Deon Taylor's action thriller "Black and Blue" (Screen Gems) generally succeeds in maintaining suspense about the fate of its protagonist, played by Naomie Harris.