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  • Faith an essential part of story for real-life heroes of '15:17 to Paris'
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) — It's almost a miracle that Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone are even alive. Yet here they are, promoting a major Hollywood film in which they portray themselves. For all three, faith is an essential part of their story.
  • Peter Rabbit
    NEW YORK (CNS) — That rustling sound you hear is famed children's author Beatrix Potter spinning in her grave, distressed at what has been done to her beloved characters in "Peter Rabbit" (Columbia).
  • Author brings Pilgrims' compelling, contradictory tale to life
    This account of the Pilgrims' daring adventure at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts explores contradictions such as their passion for their own religious freedom — yet persecution of those who did not share their beliefs.
  • 'Girlfriends,' streaming, Acorn
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Despite a stellar cast, the tiresome, overwrought "Girlfriends" is a misfire for the usually laudable streaming service Acorn.

    Created by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award-winning screenwriter Kay Mellor, the first episode of "Girlfriends" was released Monday, Jan. 29.
  • Call Me by Your Name
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Classical statuary forms a recurring visual motif in the coming-of-age drama "Call Me by Your Name" (Sony Classics). That's fitting since the film's primary romantic relationship, which bonds an older male mentor with a precocious, but untried youth, was perfectly acceptable to the pagan sensibilities of the ancient world.
  • Darkest Hour
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The spotlight shines brightly on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" (Focus), a historical drama about political leadership and backroom intrigue during a pivotal moment of World War II.
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The dramatic power and serious artistic intent that mark writer-director Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (Fox Searchlight) are too obvious to be denied.
  • Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The first thing to know about "Bilal: A New Breed of Hero" (Vertical Entertainment) is that its intent is not to proselytize.
  • I, Tonya
    NEW YORK (CNS) — At no point in "I, Tonya" (Neon) is it clear whether the filmmakers are sympathetic to the plight of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) or just want to make fun of both her and the peculiar, fleeting nature of fame.
  • Phantom Thread
    NEW YORK (CNS) — All rustling silk, organza, lace and tulle in the first half and a bizarre portrayal of marriage in the second half, "Phantom Thread" (Focus) is a bumpy trip through high fashion and passive-aggressive sniping in 1950s London.
  • Extraordinary physician shows medicine as a spiritual vocation, not job
    In her acclaimed 2012 book, "God's Hotel," Dr. Victoria Sweet wrote about the 20 years she practiced at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, the last public almshouse in America. During those years, she watched the transformation of medicine into health care, but she also discovered an antidote in the writings of St. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th-century mystic, nun and doctor.
  • Den of Thieves
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The hyper-violent "Den of Thieves" (STX) is a morass of crass.
  • Jesuit's Bible guide can benefit both individuals, study groups
    In the 50-plus years since the publication of the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation ("Dei Verbum," Nov. 18, 1965), Scripture has become a more prominent part of Catholic life, and more Catholics pray with Scripture and participate in parish Bible study programs. But it's probably fair to say that there is still plenty of room for improvement in this regard.
  • Philadelphia Eagles punter sees God's hand in path to Super Bowl
    MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones understands how rarely a chance to play in the Super Bowl comes around. "I've only been once in 14 years, so it's hard," said Jones, 37. "I've tried to explain to these young guys that you don't know when you're going to get another shot. We've got to make the most of this, enjoy the week and get ready for playing the game on Sunday."
  • A cappella group Cantus to perform at Marylhurst University
    The award-winning men’s vocal ensemble Cantus, famous for their blend of voices, powerful performances and innovative arrangements of works across the genres (classical, folk, popular music) will be artists in residence at Marylhurst University Feb. 12 - 13. While in residency, they will engage with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir, the Reed College Collegium and the Lane College Chamber Choir.
  • MIAMI (CNS) — Step into the principal's office at Epiphany School in Miami, and you'll think you've entered a shrine for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    And you'll be right — as you scan the banners, blanket, desk, chair and other items, all in the green and silver hues of the pro football team.
  • In chilly Minnesota, archbishop has warm welcome for Super Bowl visitors
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Archbishop Bernard J. Hebda may be a Pittsburgh native, but like a true Minnesotan, he began a welcome video for Super Bowl visitors talking about the weather.
  • Sweeney Todd to be performed at Marylhurst University
    Marylhurst University's internationally award-winning choral program presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” later this month. The musical tells the story of a murderous barber in 19th century London who bakes his victims into meat pies. There will be two performances: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m., both in St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University. Tickets are $15 general, $10 students / seniors. Details and tickets: events.marylhurst.edu/sweeney
  • Prelates' friendly Super Bowl wager will benefit poor whoever wins game
    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — A friendly wager between the archbishops of Philadelphia and Boston for Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 in Minneapolis between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will benefit needy people in both cities.
  • 'The Gilded Age,' Feb. 6, PBS
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Since its October 1988 debut, the illuminating and edifying PBS documentary series "American Experience" has offered viewers welcome relief from the serial killers, crystal meth dealers and dysfunctional families who otherwise typically populate TV.
  • After net neutrality, is children's TV next in FCC's sights?
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — In December, the Federal Communications Commission overturned the rules governing net neutrality and an open Internet that had been place for all of two years. And before January was over, one of the commissioners who voted to overturn those rules suggested that the FCC should consider doing away with much — if not all — of the regulations governing children's television.
  • Cappella Romana presents 'Messe de Nostre Dame'
    Cappella Romana presents the 14th century composer Guillaume de Machaut’s “Messe de Nostre Dame” this weekend in Seattle, Portland and Eugene.

  • Catholic high school's Rosalynn Carter documentary gets Rose Bowl debut
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's not every day that you get to see a movie at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
  • Local authors collaborate across continents
    Father Peter Siamoo, who served in the Archdiocese of Portland at St. Pius X Parish and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center before returning to Tanzania, has published his first book, “Restore Your Inner Peace: Personal Healing from Within,” with the help of a local Catholic novelist, Betty Arrigotti.
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The end is nigh, mercifully, in "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" (Fox), based on the third and final novel in James Dashner's sci-fi trilogy. And none too soon. Our intrepid band of teenagers, the "Gladers," look positively worn out, having now spent three movies running for their lives from an evil entity in a dreary (and very dusty) post-apocalyptic world.
  • Rosary CD offers wisdom of saints
    VANCOUVER, Washington — In conjunction with the centennial of the apparitions at Fatima, Saint Luke Productions has released a new “Wisdom of the Saints” Rosary recording.
  • After fleeing Iraq, Chaldean Catholic now makes faith-based films
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pete Shilaimon was not making movies in Hollywood, his current job, when he fled Iraq.
  • Immigrant experience is detailed richly on screen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — As the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week and the subject of immigration continues to occupy the headlines, here, in alphabetical order, are brief reviews of 40 quality films dealing with the immigrant experience.
  • 12 Strong
    NEW YORK (CNS) — True military adventures don't come any more rousing than "12 Strong" (Warner Bros.), the story of a tiny Special Forces unit that won a significant early victory against both the Taliban and al-Qaida in the weeks after 9/11.
  • Forever My Girl
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Most of the characters in “Forever My Girl” (Roadside Attractions), a gentle adaptation of Heidi McLaughlin's romance novel about an aspiring country music star, have a song on their lips.
  • Batman and Harley Quinn
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Is there a more ridiculous character in all of comics than Harley Quinn? The madcap former psychiatrist and sidekick to the Joker has no superpowers, has an annoying New Jersey accent and dresses like a court jester. She's not exactly the first one you'd call if Darkseid or some other major galactic threat appeared.
  • Proud Mary
    NEW YORK (CNS) — As the title character in the drama “Proud Mary” (Screen Gems), Taraji P. Henson plays a hit woman with a heart of gold. By turns violent and sentimental, the tall tale that centers on her unlikely persona is consistently unconvincing.
  • The Post
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The oddest scenes in “The Post” (Fox), a nostalgic account of The Washington Post's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, involve Meryl Streep as that newspaper's owner, Katharine Graham, hovering about its press and linotype rooms.
  • Small flaws mar book to help families in fight against pornography
    Children today are exposed to pornography at an early age, and are able to see it effortlessly on every device connected to the internet. Once a problem that was generally ignored, porn has become such a risk that parents must now take aggressive steps to protect their children from it. That is the message behind Dan S. Spencer's informative and helpful new book, "Every Parent's Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography."
  • Roll up! Roll up for the magical 'Mystery Journey'!
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Parents looking to purchase a game that is safe as well as fun — for older kids and teens at least — can rest assured: "Layton's Mystery Journey" (Level-5) fits the bill.
  • Joan of Arc comes to Portland
    Portland Youth Philharmonic performs an oratorio called “Voices of Light” to accompany the 1928 silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc” by Carl Dreyer. It is part of the Northwest Film Center's 34th Reel Music Festival this month. This is a collaboration between the Portland Youth Philharmonic, In Mulieribus, Portland State University choirs and four local soloists.
  • Hostiles
    NEW YORK (CNS) — “Hostiles” (Entertainment Studios) works from the premise that not only were white soldiers in the 1890s aware of their complicity in the decades-long genocide of Native Americans, they could feel immense, paralyzing guilt about their actions.
  • The Commuter
    NEW YORK (CNS) — If you think your trip back and forth to work is trying, consider the plight Liam Neeson finds himself in as “The Commuter” (Lionsgate).
  • Nativity collection shows students universality of Christ’s birth
    Two millennia ago, an infant Jesus was welcomed by Mary, Joseph — and an elephant.
  • Lego kit brings mystery of the Mass into homes
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Stephen and Jennifer Maas' family business, Domestic Church Supply Co., carries one product: a Lego kit that brings the mystery of the Mass into the living rooms of families around the world.
  • Five decades later, still they sing
    A choir that formed five decades ago at now-closed Marycrest High School in Portland gave what may be one of its last concerts Dec. 8 at the Grotto. The Allegras took shape in the innovative hands of Dominican Sister Diane Bridenbecker, who allowed them to belt out popular music at a time when most Catholic school choirs were strictly classical.
  • Italian mosaic artist's dream realized with completion of Trinity Dome
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Giovanni Travisanutto's mosaic career began when he was an 11-year-old boy standing on a step stool to reach the workbench at the mosaic school in Spilimbergo, Italy.
  • Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — As Gabe Bouck enters Advent, a season in which Catholics are urged to answer God's call for conversion, the seminarian is reminded of the melodic voice that inspired him to become Catholic.
  • Irish bishop recalls Cranberries' musician for her faith, inspiration
    DUBLIN (CNS) — The Cranberries' frontwoman, Dolores O'Riordan, has been described as a woman of soul and courage by the bishop of Limerick, where she honed her musical talent at a Catholic school in the 1980s. O'Riordan, 46, died suddenly Jan. 15 in London, where she had been due to record material for a new release. Police were investigating her death, calling it “unexplained.”
  • Cardinal offers profound thoughts on importance of silence
    The ancient psalm, "Be still and know that I am God," is a challenge in today's world of constant noise and distraction. But it is necessary if we wish to know God — and ourselves and our purpose in this world — fully. Cardinal Robert Sarah, in an unusual and far-ranging interview by the French journalist Nicolas Diat, offers profound observations about silence and why we must seek it.
  • Young Catholic invites readers to explore church's truth, goodness
    Catholic wunderkind Brandon Vogt, who joined the church in 2008, is one of the go-to spokesmen for both Catholic and secular media when they need an articulate young Catholic to interview.
  • Insidious: The Last Key
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The easiest way to judge the quality of an "Insidious" film is to gauge how quickly the actors get into a poltergeist-haunted house. On that score, "Insidious: The Last Key" (Universal), the fourth installment in the franchise, does not disappoint, since it opens in one.
  • Paddington 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Unlikely as it seems, "Paddington 2" (Warner Bros.), an endearing blend of animation and live action, sends the much-loved bear of its title (voice of Ben Whishaw) to the slammer. More predictably, once imprisoned — in a grim Victorian fortress of a jail — he still manages to exert his trademark charm on all around him.
  • Actress who played nun liked 'Lady Bird' script 'the moment I read it'
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — It's safe to say that Lois Smith has "a performative streak" within her. That phrase is the most memorable line Smith has in playing the character of Sister Sarah Joan in the movie "Lady Bird," which nabbed a couple of Golden Globe nominations while Oscar buzz is building.
  • 'This Is Us,' 'Game of Thrones' top viewing choices for people of faith
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — It's probably no surprise that people who go to church watch TV. What may be a surprise are their prime-time favorites.
  • Father Figures
    NEW YORK (CNS) — About the funniest joke in the threadbare comedy "Father Figures" (Warner Bros.) concerns the fact that, in childhood, its two main characters — now-grown and estranged fraternal twins Kyle (Owen Wilson) and Peter (Ed Helms) Reynolds — had a pet cat named Chairman Meow.
  • Sound of music: Vatican offers ordinary choirs extraordinary venues
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Fifteen-year-old show choir member Molly Biggs of Topeka, Kansas, thought her biggest singing break would be performing in Kansas City.
  • Downsizing
    NEW YORK (CNS) — An odd combination of elements makes up the offbeat drama "Downsizing." But the residue that remains with viewers is ultimately a positive one.
  • All the Money in the World
    NEW YORK (CNS) — By turns suspenseful, darkly comic and stridently moral, "All the Money in the World" (Sony), a slightly fictionalized account of a famous kidnapping, makes a strong case that immense wealth not only can't buy happiness, it also imposes depths of misery that few ever know. As scripted by David Scarpa from John Pearson's 1995 book "Painfully Rich," it's an outstanding example of multilayered, mature filmmaking from director Ridley Scott.
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    NEW YORK (CNS) — More than a few parents have, no doubt, had occasion to be alarmed at how easily –- and how often — kids become absorbed by gadgetry these days.
  • The Greatest Showman
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The life of pop entertainment pioneer P.T. Barnum provides the subject matter for the big, brash musical "The Greatest Showman" (Fox).
  • Cappella Romana performs 12 Days at St. Mary's Cathedral
    St. Mary's Cathedral is the venue for a Christmas feast of music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
  • Pitch Perfect 3
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The third time's not a charm for "Pitch Perfect 3" (Universal), a discordant and exceedingly unfunny musical comedy.

  • Musician Matt Maher to youth: Waste spare time at the feet of Jesus
    SYDNEY (CNS) — U.S. Catholic musician Matt Maher has advice for young people: Waste more time at the feet of Jesus, and the rest of your life should go according to God's plan.
  • Books offer Christian moral frameworks for judging immigration issues
    With last names like Ramirez, Garcia and Sanchez filling up baseball lineups; and tacos, empanadas and guacamole spicing up fast-food menus, one could ask if Latinos are as American as apple pie.