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Meet your Doom - a new one - in 'Infamous Iron Man'
NEW YORK (CNS) — Comics giant Marvel has made a lot of changes over the past few years. The Mighty Thor is now a woman, the Hulk is Asian, and Iron Man a female African-American teenager. It's an effort to reach a new audience in an increasingly diverse America.
Monday, April 24, 2017
TV program notes
NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program and film notes for the week of April 23 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. Please note that televised versions of films may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Smurfs: The Lost Village
NEW YORK (CNS) — If you've always wondered, "Just what is a Smurfette?" then "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Columbia) may be the film for you.

Moviegoers not consumed by curiosity about that question, on the other hand, are likely to find this children's cartoon colorful but less than engaging.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Going in Style
NEW YORK (CNS) — Despite its title, there's nothing very spiffy about "Going in Style" (Warner Bros.). In fact, this leaden caper comedy feels distinctly cut-rate.

Director Zach Braff's remake of Martin Brest's 1979 film stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as former co-workers and longtime best friends driven to desperation by financial woes. The company they used to work for is moving its operations overseas, and being restructured in a way that will eliminate their hard-earned pensions.

Friday, April 21, 2017
'Into the woods' on stage at La Salle Prep

La Salle Prep presents the musical "Into the Woods" at 7 p.m. April 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, and 1:30 p.m. April 23.

Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other storybook characters will appear in this tale that reminds the audience that "wishes come true, not free."

Friday, April 21, 2017

NEW YORK (CNS) — The few adult viewers for whom it's suitable might be tempted to nickname the feverish domestic drama "Unforgettable" (Warner Bros.) "Wifie Dearest."

That's because Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl), the obsessive, perfectionist ex-spouse at the center of the film's action, continually calls to mind Faye Dunaway's fuming, rage-prone persona as Joan Crawford in 1981's "Mommie Dearest."

Friday, April 21, 2017
Musical instrument artisans gather at Marylhurst

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit. More than 80 artisans from across the Pacific Northwest will gather at Marylhurst University April 29 – 30 to display guitars, bowed and stringed instruments, mandolins, banjos, ukes, percussion and ancient instruments.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Marylhurst talks on gender, race and immigration continue
Marylhurst University’s series of free talks on issues of social justice continues Tuesday, April 25, with What’s in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories presented by public interest lawyer Ann Su.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
'Jesus Christ Superstar' comes to Salem, Forest Grove and Portland
Aficionados of “Jesus Christ Superstar” will able to compare three productions of the musical this month — something that hasn’t happened for decades. The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera is being staged April 14 – May 6 at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem; April 19 – 23 at the Mago Hunt Center Theater at the University of Portland; and April 21 to May 7 at the Theatre in the Grove in Forest Grove.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Portland Parks & Recreation presents Arbor Day 2017
Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry presents the city’s annual Arbor Day Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Mount Scott Park in Southeast Portland.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Milagro presents world premiere of '"Oye Oyá'
Óye Oyá, an original Spanish-language musical inspired by the Cuban Zarzuela musical comedies and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is about the power of love, compassion and forgiveness.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
New film on Armenian genocide took two years to make, longer to realize
WASHINGTON (CNS) — "The Promise," a film dramatizing the genocide of Armenians in the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire at the outset of World War I, was two years in the making, but probably a half-century in the idea stage, according to George Winter, one of the movie's producers.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Marylhurst choir to compete in Latvia's Grand Prix of Nations
Marylhurst University’s internationally award-winning choir, the Marylhurst Chamber Choir, will travel to Riga, Latvia, in July to compete in the Grand Prix of Nations competition at the third international Choir Games. Directed by Justin Smith, the choir is the only ensemble from the United States invited to participate in the international competition, attracting hundreds of choirs from 28 countries worldwide.
Monday, April 17, 2017
The Case for Christ
NEW YORK (CNS) — Christian apologetics, the branch of theology devoted to proving the reasonableness of belief in Jesus, is almost as old as the faith itself. Three documents in this genre, for instance, survive from the writings of St. Justin Martyr, who died in the middle of the second century.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Zookeeper's Wife
NEW YORK (CNS) — Moviegoers of goodwill may ask themselves, while watching the fact-based historical drama "The Zookeeper's Wife" (Focus), why they aren't enjoying themselves more. The story the film tells is undeniably inspiring. But the manner in which it's told is dramatically thin.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The Blackcoat's Daughter
NEW YORK (CNS) — This year's crop of demon-possession plots — that hardy stalwart of horror — kicks off in high style with the very adult "The Blackcoat's Daughter" (A24).

Although this story gives unusually short shrift to the rite of exorcism, which is portrayed even more casually and inaccurately than is usually the case in such dramas, the filmmakers have at least taken care to show an actual demon. That's rare these days.

Friday, April 14, 2017
14th-century altarpiece reunited
When Dawson Carr was a curator at the British Museum, colleagues sometimes asked in disdainful tones: “Why do we have so many religious paintings?”

Carr, now curator of the European collection at the Portland Art Museum, imagines the same question will come up in Oregon.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Jesus Christ Superstar at UP
(Portland, OR) — Gregory Pulver of the University of Portland's Performing and Fine Arts Department will direct Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This rock opera, debuted in 1971, follows the events occurring during the last few days of Jesus's life as described in the Gospels. Additionally, it focuses largely on the perspective of Judas Iscariot and includes interpersonal conflicts between him and Jesus that are exempt from biblical narratives.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Discernment needed when viewing 'When We Rise' miniseries
NEW YORK (CNS) — Catholic viewers will likely have experienced conflicting emotions watching "When We Rise," ABC's recent miniseries tracing the evolution of the gay rights movement. As it portrayed the intersecting lives of three prominent figures in that movement, the show reflected the undiscriminating outlook of the culture at large rather than the balanced perspective offered by the church.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Ghost in the Shell
NEW YORK (CNS) — "Ghost in the Shell" (Paramount), director Rupert Sanders' murky, boring adaptation of a series of comics by Masamune Shirow, offers little beyond glitzy futuristic cityscapes. This live-action version of Shirow's sci-fi-themed manga — first published in 1989 and previously the inspiration for two animated features — is also somewhat exploitative.
Monday, April 10, 2017

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