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  • Texas Catholic family's quarantine dancing video goes viral
    HOUSTON (CNS) — When health officials recommended self-isolation to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Ali Hoffman and her parents, Michael and Michele, found themselves quarantined in their Fort Worth-area home.
  • Silent features from a century ago available for free online viewing
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A number of notable films will reach their centennial this year. Since all films made before 1925 are now in the public domain, several of these silent centenarians can be viewed for free online.
  • Video releases for March 25
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews from Catholic News Service of new and recent video releases available on DVD and/or Blu-ray — as well as for online viewing.
  • 'Earth's Sacred Wonders,' March 25, PBS
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Edifying and commendable, if only fitfully engaging, the three-part travelogue docuseries "Earth's Sacred Wonders" debuts on PBS Wednesday, March 25, 10-11 p.m. PDT.
  • Catholic history of Civil War era blends scholarship, storytelling
    "Faith and Fury" aptly describes the atmosphere that 19th-century American Catholics must have experienced. Then, waves of Irish and German Catholic immigrants invigorated the church and also encountered nativist rage and violence from the Protestant majority.
  • Update: Actor savors the opportunity to play St. Patrick in new movie
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Actor John Rhys-Davies may be best known for his role as Gimli in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, but given that he's got more than 260 movies and television series under his belt, he may be better known by some for another project.
  • New compilations bring together diverse writings of learned Brits
    In "John Henry Newman," Ryan Marr has compiled numerous writings by the recently canonized Catholic saint. This is a timely book and as one commentator suggests, "God has given us John Henry Newman for precisely these times in the church." Cardinal Newman's prose, while difficult at times, still cuts to the core and challenges the reader to take action.
  • 'The Pale Horse,' streaming, Amazon
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Fans of the mystery genre and of one of its most gifted and beloved practitioners, author Agatha Christie, may be disappointed by "The Pale Horse." Adapted from Christie's 1961 novel, the two-hour miniseries is currently streaming on Amazon.
  • I Still Believe
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In keeping with the song and book from which it takes its title, nondenominational affirmations of faith permeate the fact-based romantic drama "I Still Believe" (Lionsgate), making the film congenial fare for Christians of various stripes.
  • Bloodshot
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Director David S.F. Wilson's passable Valiant Comics adaptation "Bloodshot" (Columbia) mostly avoids gore. But its protagonist's drive for revenge, which is front and center in Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer's script, is only partially made less problematic by twisty plot developments.
  • Cappella Romana livestreams Tchaikovsky
    Cappella Romana cancelled its live audience but not its performance of Tchaikovsky's Divine Liturgy at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14. “This is a time when the soothing and healing effect of music is needed,” they wrote their fans.
  • Onward
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Though it reaches a heartwarming conclusion, the trajectory of the animated adventure "Onward" (Disney) is not all upward.
  • Cardinal's reflections provide much food for spiritual thought
    Anyone who has ever heard Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan — in personal conversation, interviewed on TV, giving a homily or addressing a conference — knows the archbishop of New York is not at a loss for words.
  • The Hunt
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Craig Zobel's parable "The Hunt" (Universal) offers clever commentary on contemporary political and cultural divisions in the United States.
  • 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Though overlong and uneven, "The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez" is, nonetheless, a searing indictment of our collective failure to protect our most vulnerable children.
  • Refugees' firsthand accounts
    "People see refugees all the time as victims, but what they are is resilient," said Vella, an official with Jesuit Refugee Service who spent six months collecting the stories of refugees, primarily in camps in Af-rica, Asia and Europe, but also the lucky few who have made it to the United States.
  • The Way Back
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Whose life doesn't involve a crazy mixture of heartbreak and joy, despair and hope, death and life, weakness and redemption? Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck), the protagonist of the sports drama "The Way Back" (Warner Bros.), can surely relate to all those shared highs and lows.
  • I Am Patrick
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The reasons the church continues to honor the Apostle of Ireland more than 1,500 years after his death shine forth in the film "I Am Patrick" (CBN), a docudrama screening in theaters for two nights only, March 17 — St. Patrick's Day — and March 18.
  • Impractical Jokers: The Movie
    NEW YORK (CNS) — To call the humor in the road-trip comedy "Impractical Jokers: The Movie" (WarnerMedia) uneven would be an understatement.
  • Emma
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Emma" (Focus) is a delightful screen version of Jane Austen's classic novel, lovely to look at and abounding in gentle humor.
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