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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Animated characters appear in the movie
Animated characters appear in the movie "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. CNS photo/Open Road Films
NEW YORK -- Much of the action in the animated children's comedy "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" (Open Road) unfolds at a frenzied pace. Yet, for all the sound and fury, this is in the end a bland film, unlikely to please any but the least discerning viewers. More ...
Monday, August 14, 2017

Life-size Sistine Chapel exhibit coming to N.J.

An immersive, limited-run exhibit of museum-quality, near life-size reproductions of Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel in Rome is coming to the Garden State. 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
'Things My Father Taught Me About Love' opens the heart to faith
In her small book, “Things My Father Taught Me About Love,” author, editor and educator Mary Regina Morrell offers a bouquet of insights on faith, spirituality and family life gleaned from her own garden.

Brushed with humor, tenderness and a sense of reverence for the way small and meaningful moments can illuminate life, Morrell’s 54-page book opens the door to her world and bids readers come inside and experience the spiritual gifts of her loving father.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Annabelle: Creation
NEW YORK -- Most of the mayhem wreaked by the figurine-haunting demon at the center of the horror prequel "Annabelle: Creation" (Warner Bros.) is restrained. Yet, as the film progresses, director David F. Sandberg and his collaborators allow their imagery to become briefly but disturbingly graphic. More ...
Friday, August 11, 2017
A Ghost Story
NEW YORK  -- "A Ghost Story" (A24) could be the best film about purgatory you'll see this year. More ...
Friday, August 11, 2017
Kidnap
NEW YORK -- The compact thriller "Kidnap" (Aviron) has Halle Berry's expressive face going for it, but not a whole lot else. More ...
Friday, August 11, 2017
'Daughters of Destiny'
NEW YORK -- With so much TV content available in our online era, viewers may inevitably overlook something worth their investment. More ...
Friday, August 11, 2017
The Dark Tower
NEW YORK -- Awash in high-flown metaphysical hooey, director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel's dull sci-fi fantasy "The Dark Tower" (Columbia) is inappropriate for the impressionable. More ...
Friday, August 4, 2017
New film recalls faith, sacrifice of Maryknoll chaplain killed in Vietnam
MARYKNOLL, N.Y. -- Fifty years after he put himself between a wounded Marine and fatal enemy gunfire, the story of Maryknoll Father Vincent R. Capodanno's faith and sacrifice is being retold in a new movie. More ...
Friday, August 4, 2017
'Chesapeake Shores,' Aug. 6, Hallmark Channel
NEW YORK -- Considered the most successful series in the Hallmark Channel's history, the appealing multigenerational family drama 'Chesapeake Shores" will likely build on its popularity when it embarks on its second season Sunday, Aug. 6, 9-10 p.m. EDT. More ...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Iconography workshop coming to Medford parish

“I’ve become an ‘accidental missionary’ through my work with icons, something I never would have imagined,” said Nadine Haines, iconographer and member of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford.

Haines, whose parish will host an icon writing workshop Sept. 9, said she had no idea that iconography would become a tool for evangelization, but that she is now asked to speak before various church groups, bringing her icons for display.

“Icons instruct and present what we may already know about our faith and the Gospel,” she says, “but from a new and different perspective.”

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
The Emoji Movie
NEW YORK -- Tech savvy viewers will especially enjoy the wacky proceedings of "The Emoji Movie" (Columbia). But patrons of all stripes will appreciate the film's themes of loyal friendship and faithful romance. More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
The Tribunal
NEW YORK -- The annulment process provides the unusual courtroom setting for the romantic drama "The Tribunal" (Freestyle). While the movie's Catholic values are strong, they come filtered through some faulty filmmaking. More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017



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