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The Exception
Jai Courtney stars in a scene from the movie “The Exception.” The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. CNS photo/A24 Films
Jai Courtney stars in a scene from the movie “The Exception.” The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. CNS photo/A24 Films
NEW YORK  -- Historical kitsch applied to World War II espionage doesn't get more gloriously over the top than in "The Exception" (A24). More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes
NEW YORK -- Monkey business turns deadly serious in "War for the Planet of the Apes" (Fox), the climactic installment of the rebooted film franchise based on the work of French science-fiction author Pierre Boulle (1912-1994). More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Wish Upon
NEW YORK -- The low-budget Faustian fable that is "Wish Upon" (Broad Green) has a bullied teen girl fulfilling her earthly desires for vengeance, money, popularity and a surprisingly chaste romance in exchange for maybe her mortal soul. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
'Cristo Para Todos'-- Exciting changes usher in production of show's ninth season
It’s full steam ahead for the cast and crew of “Cristo Para Todos – Christ For All,” now in the midst of producing 12 new episodes for its ninth broadcast season. More ...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Choirs, young musicians coming together for Spring Lake concert

To celebrate the talent of young musicians, St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, is hosting its second Songs of Faith Festival the evening of July 16.

The concert, part of the parish Spirituality and the Arts program, will feature young artists, including recent winners of the Grace Gimbel Young Artist Scholarship competition of the Suburban Music Study Club of Madison, N.J., and “Five 4 One,” a praise band consisting of the Reynolds family, who are members of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Art as you've never seen it: New film highlights Pope Francis' vision
VATICAN CITY -- What do the Sistine Chapel, a used car with 186,000 miles on the odometer and a statue of Our Lady of Lujan made out of metal from an abandoned factory have in common? More ...
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming
NEW YORK -- There's much to like about the vibrant comic-book adaptation "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (Columbia). Besides an unslacking pace and a clever central plot twist, there's the fact that the mayhem on display is kept virtually bloodless. More ...
Monday, July 3, 2017
Despicable Me 3
NEW YORK  -- Director Pierre Coffin's animated comedy "Despicable Me 3" (Universal) -- the second direct follow-up to the 2010 original -- turns out to be something of a disappointment, falling short when compared to its predecessors. More ...
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Catholic Extension launches online summer camp for Catholics of all ages

CHICAGO – Catholic Extension has launched its virtual Camp Catholic, an online summer camp for Catholics of all ages.

The virtual camp is designed to keep Catholics engaged in their faith during the lazy days of summer, “when most of us are enjoying vacations, splashing in the pool and celebrating the kid in all of us,” said a news release from the Chicago-based organization.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Beauty, poetry of classic hymns comes through in book, audio CD
Anthony Esolen, an accomplished literary scholar who is a faithful Catholic, turns his attention to the poetry of our beloved classic hymns in "Real Music." More ...
Monday, June 26, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight
NEW YORK -- Grown-ups who yearn to connect with their inner 11-year-old boy are given a two-and-a-half-hour window of opportunity to do so in "Transformers: The Last Knight" (Paramount). More ...
Thursday, June 22, 2017
47 Meters Down
NEW YORK -- Way back in 1975, Steven Spielberg taught the world just how scary sharks can be with his classic "Jaws." More ...
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Cars 3
NEW YORK CNS -- Fasten your seatbelts and start your engines for a wild (and often ear-splitting) ride in "Cars 3" (Disney), the latest installment of the family-friendly animated franchise. More ...
Friday, June 16, 2017



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