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  • 'Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story,'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In 2004, 16-year-old Tennessee sex-trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder-robbery of a man who had apparently agreed to pay her for sex, Johnny Allen. Tried as an adult, she was convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
  • TV film fare — week of May 31, 2020
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of May 31. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations. Please check for local times.
  • How to Build a Girl
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A coming-of-age comedy focused on a precocious 16-year-old with a generally upbeat personality ought to have considerable appeal.
  • 'Hollywood,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A revisionist history of Tinseltown in the late 1940s is served up in "Hollywood," a new soap opera that manages to be both stylish and trashy at the same time. The seven-episode miniseries is streaming now on Netflix.
  • Disorder
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The violent squad-based mobile shooter "Disorder" (NetEase) launches players into combat over nuclear weapons. Together with the game's dark worldview, its steady blast of mayhem, though not graphic and free of blood effects, makes this an unsuitable title for kids.
  • The Wretched
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- What's a red-blooded American lad to do when a witch who preys on little children moves in next door? For the answer, grown movie fans can consult "The Wretched" (IFC Midnight).
  • 'Barkskins,' May 25, National Geographic
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Proulx's 2016 novel provides the basis for the limited series "Barkskins."
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of May 24. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations. Check for local times.
  • TV program notes — week of May 24
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of May 24 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service. Check for local times.
  • 'The Stranger,' streaming, Quibi
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Acclaimed showrunner Veena Sud ("Seven Seconds") wrote, directed and executive-produced "The Stranger." This mystifyingly bad — indeed, ludicrous — feature film airs in 13 eight-minute chapters on the new platform Quibi.
  • 'Upload,' streaming, Amazon Prime
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "The best days of your life could be after it's over" is the sales pitch in "Upload," a new comedy-drama that offers a revisionist view of heaven. The 10-episode series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
  • ‘Be Not Afraid’ video giving comfort
    Salt & Light Television and Oregon Catholic Press have collaborated on a seven-minute YouTube video in which Catholic liturgical composers offer Jesuit Father Bob Dufford’s song of peace and comfort, “Be Not Afraid.”
  • 'Normal People,' streaming, Hulu
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The award for the most misleading TV series title goes to "Normal People," an adaptation of the 2018 best-selling novel by Sally Rooney (who also co-wrote the screenplay). Twelve 30-minute episodes are streaming now on Hulu.
  • New video releases
    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. Theatrical movies have a Catholic News Service classification and Motion Picture Association rating. These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account any extra content.
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- While the real-life legacy of Australia's famous 19th-century outlaw Ned Kelly may be disputed, the cinematic appeal of his career can hardly be doubted. When it premiered in 1906, "The Story of the Kelly Gang" was the longest movie ever made and is now widely regarded as the world's first feature film.
  • TV program notes — week of May 17
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of May 17 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service. Check local listings for times.
  • TV film fare — week of May 17
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of May 17. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations. Check local listings for times.
  • 'Walking the Good Red Road,' May 17, ABC
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In the late 1800s, Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota medicine man participating in the Ghost Dance movement, had a vision of a figure with pierced hands who identified himself as the Son of God. He called on all the people of the world to unite.
  • 'Snowpiercer,' May 17, TNT
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Baby boomers may remember "Supertrain," a short-lived 1979 television series. Nicknamed "The Love Boat on Wheels," this silly drama, set on a train chock-full of amenities, was canceled by NBC after just nine episodes.
  • Midcentury marvels
    A church, wrote Victor Hugo, is “a book in stone.”
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