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Patriots Day
Mark Wahlberg stars in a scene from the movie
Mark Wahlberg stars in a scene from the movie "Patriots Day." 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/CBS Films
NEW YORK -- While "Patriots Day" (Lionsgate) is an effective dramatization of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, the film is also an unsparing portrayal of those events. Thus it can only be recommended for the sturdiest adult viewers. More ...
Friday, January 20, 2017

Hidden Figures
NEW YORK -- The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama "Hidden Figures" (Fox 2000). Along with a personalized insight into the injustices that still prevailed in American society in the early 1960s, director Theodore Melfi's adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book -- which centers on three extraordinarily gifted mathematicians working for NASA -- successfully re-creates the tension of the Cold War space race. More ...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
A Monster Calls
NEW YORK -- The first thing to know about "A Monster Calls" (Focus) is that, although it's based on a children's novel, it's definitely not for kids. More ...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Monster Trucks
NEW YORK -- The action comedy "Monster Trucks" (Paramount) certainly lives up to its title. More ...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
La La Land
NEW YORK -- Though it's set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama "La La Land" (Lionsgate) takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood's golden age. More ...
Friday, January 6, 2017
NEW YORK -- Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in "Passengers" (Sony). While this tale about a transgression born of desperation will resonate with romantics, it may leave others cold. More ...
Friday, January 6, 2017
NEW YORK -- Directed and co-written (with Jay Cocks) by Martin Scorsese, "Silence" (Paramount) is a dramatically powerful but theologically complex work best suited to viewers who come to the multiplex prepared to engage with serious issues. More ...
Friday, January 6, 2017
Assassin's Creed
NEW YORK -- Though the mayhem that pervades "Assassin's Creed" (Fox), director Justin Kurzel's adaptation of a popular series of video games, is mostly bloodless, other more unusual problems render it unacceptable for all.  More ...
Friday, January 6, 2017
'King's Dream' performance to tell civil rights story through music, film
Immaculata University will host a performance of “King’s Dream” on Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More ...
Friday, January 6, 2017
Christmas CD lasting gift from Moorestown parish music program
For some time, the 106 young vocalists and musicians who share their gifts with the members Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, have been hearing the same refrain after Mass: “We love hearing you guys. You should make a CD.” More ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Diocesan video features heartfelt faith discussions with young adults
In anticipation of upcoming pro-life marches in Trenton and Washington, D.C., the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life has produced a video featuring the Diocese’s young adults talking about their faith, society and the gift of life. More ...
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Businessman's take on parish leadership may be required reading
No single thread connects the Catholic parishes that are vibrant and thriving in the 21st century. "There is no 'silver bullet' for doing great parish ministry in the Catholic Church today," writes William E. Simon Jr. More ...
Friday, December 30, 2016
NEW YORK  -- Suffering is a leitmotif in any of August Wilson's plays, but there's also brutal honesty and joy in unexpected moments -- as well as the musical cadence of his language to enjoy. More ...
Friday, December 30, 2016

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