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  • Identification of painting as 17th-century masterwork brings joy to parish
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CNS) — A parish in a neighborhood that once had the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country has found new joy in the discovery that a familiar painting over the transept doorway of its church is a 17th-century masterpiece.
  • TV program notes — week of Sept. 26
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of Sept. 26 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
  • TV film fare — week of Sept. 26
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Sept. 26. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations.
  • Humankind
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Humankind" (Sega) offers a new perspective on the 4X genre of empire-building games by allowing players to blend a wide variety of historical cultures into a unique civilization.
  • Dear Evan Hansen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Honesty, we're assured, is the best policy. For an object lesson in just how badly awry even a well-meaning ruse may go, viewers can consult the earnest musical drama "Dear Evan Hansen" (Universal).
  • Cry Macho
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Clint Eastwood directed and stars in the gentle, though naive, road movie "Cry Macho" (Warner Bros.).
  • Overview of Catholic fiction deserves to be a modern classic
    If you want a book that will introduce you to the depth and breadth of Catholic literature, this is the one for you. However, if you want actual instruction on "how to read (and write) like a Catholic," note that this book is aimed at fiction writing only, and it's theoretical not practical.
  • Architect turns 67,000 tiny LEGO pieces into Vatican City State replica
    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- We all know Rome wasn't built in a day, but LEGO architect Rocco Buttliere had three months, which definitely gave him a running start over Julius Caesar.
  • Copshop
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A character study pitting a resolutely good cop against three wrongdoers embodying various manifestations of evil, the tense, gritty crime drama "Copshop" (Open Road) shows the serious intentions of director Joe Carnahan and his co-writer, Kurt McLeod.
  • Poet sees renewed appreciation of fine arts as way to deepen devotion
    Helping establish a Catholic literary arts program at Houston's University of St. Thomas can be considered a vocation of sorts for James Matthew Wilson.
  • 'Muhammad Ali,' Sept. 19, PBS
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Most people associate fall with the turning of leaves. But at PBS, autumn usually means the launch of an ambitious Ken Burns series that serves to usher in a new TV season.

  • Readers should brace themselves for painful history of church racism
    Readers should be — but probably can't be — mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared to absorb what they will read in "Facing Georgetown's History." Given that such preparation might not be possible, they should come with open minds and hearts in order to internalize what is presented.
  • My Time at Portia
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "My Time at Portia" (Team17) provides a fresh and, in some respects, unusually upbeat take on the tried-and-true post-apocalyptic genre. This imaginative and colorful role-playing game (RPG) is suitable for all but the youngest players.
  • Queenpins
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A duo of flighty amateur crooks and an ill-assorted pair of law enforcers draw laughs in the fact-based caper comedy "Queenpins" (STX). Yet, while the film is amusing, it's also morally flawed. So careful discernment is required to separate the humorous wheat from the ethical chaff.
  • Cinderella
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Writer-director Kay Cannon's screechy romance "Cinderella" (Amazon) is an obnoxious corruption of the classic folk tale, the most familiar version of which was penned by French writer Charles Perrault in the 17th century.
  • Malignant
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Considered artistically, director James Wan's "Malignant" (Warner Bros.) initially registers as a dreary horror tale but later perks up to become creatively creepy. As it does so, however, any sense of restraint with regard to the gore factor involved in its proceedings is abandoned and the bloodletting goes off the charts in a climactic rampage of slicing, dicing and dismemberment.
  • TV program notes — week of Sept. 12
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of Sept. 12 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
  • Media literacy helps 'contain the fire hose' of media bombardment
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — How many hours are you interacting with media each day? It may be more than you think.
  • 'Only Murders in the Building,' streaming, Hulu
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Whenever Steve Martin and Martin Short work together, slapstick and belly laughs seem like predictable results. So the fact that the duo headlines the Hulu series, "Only Murders in the Building" may lead many to expect this mystery tale to be a comedy. While it certainly has its amusing moments, however, the show is primarily an entertaining whodunit.
  • Classic movies on YouTube
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Before the advent of television and the later rise of home video, Hollywood tended to regard films as ephemeral products whose moneymaking potential was essentially limited to their initial run in theaters. This attitude meant that studios were sometimes negligent when it came to maintaining their copyright over a past picture.
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