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Rules Don't Apply
NEW YORK (CNS) — Warren Beatty wrote, directed and stars in "Rules Don't Apply" (Fox), a loosely fact-based tale set within the secretive world of eccentric industrialist Howard Hughes (1905-1976).
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Bad Santa 2

NEW YORK (CNS) — As soul-deadening as its squalid urban setting, "Bad Santa 2" (Broad Green) attempts to mine laughs out of human degradation.

As he did in the 2003 original, Billy Bob Thornton's alcoholic safe-cracker Willie somehow manages to desecrate more Christmastime traditions than might seem possible.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — Like time travelers from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio films, the characters played by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in "Allied" (Paramount) don't allow a little event like World War II to muss their elegant coifs. Whether taking out the German ambassador in Casablanca with their burp guns or having their daughter born outdoors in London during an air raid, this perpetually chic couple keeps matters neat and nice, laundered and pressed.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Pope meets Martin Scorsese

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The morning after screening his film, "Silence," for about 300 Jesuits, the U.S. director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis. During the 15-minute audience Nov. 30, Pope Francis told Scorsese that he had read Japanese author Shusaku Endo's historical novel, "Silence," which inspired the film. The book and film are a fictionalized account of the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan; the central figures are Jesuit missionaries.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Bleed for This

As its title suggests, "Bleed for This" (Open Road) doesn't try to gloss over boxing's inherent brutality and violence. Fortunately, it doesn't wallow in it either, and is not excessively graphic. In telling the story of real-life pugilist Vinny Pazienza, nicknamed "The Pazmanian Devil," it strikes a balance between truthfully depicting the physical suffering and making inflated claims about what it might signify.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Author sees 500th anniversary of Lutheranism as a Catholic one, too
It has been 500 years since Augustinian monk and theology professor Martin Luther set off the Protestant Reformation with his call for a debate on indulgences and other burning issues in the Catholic Church at the time. Prolific Lutheran writer Martin Marty centers his reflections on Luther's 95 theses on Christ's call to repentance, arguing that repentance formed the heart of Luther's spiritual crisis.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Memoir of Notre Dame priest has insights but not definitive biography
From the 1950s through the 1980s, Father Theodore Hesburgh was one of the most famous priests in the United States and, probably, the busiest. Robert Schmuhl, the author of “Fifty Years With Father Hesburgh,” was a student of Father Hesburgh's as an undergraduate at Notre Dame and they continued to be friends until the priest's death in 2014.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
New video released include oldies
New video releases include "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" (1990); "Boomerang" (Blu-ray Edition; 1947); "Carrington" (1995); "Citizen Kane" (75th Anniversary Edition; 1941); "Coffee and Cigarettes" (2004); "Cry of the City" (Blu-ray Edition; 1948); "Daisy Kenyon" (Blu-ray Edition; 1947); "Finding Dory" (2016); "Houdini" (1953); "Lulu Belle" (1948); "Macbeth" (1948); "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing" (1942); "Pimpernel Smith" (1941); and "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Read on for capsule reviews
Monday, November 28, 2016
3 Goats Gruff on Portland stage
Portland’s The Hullabaloo! theater company presents 3 Goats Gruff at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. the first two weekends of December (Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11) at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St. in Portland.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Films and programs on the small screen
NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies and television programs on network and cable television the week of Nov. 27. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Our Lady of the Lake hosts 'Vianney'
LAKE OSWEGO — St. Luke Productions’ “Vianney: Renewing the Heart of the Church” is showing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Our Lady of the Lake Church.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
NEW YORK (CNS) — Fans of British novelist P.G. Wodehouse have a special place in their hearts for one of his most memorable comic creations, a shy and eccentric newt fancier with the immortal name Augustus Fink-Nottle.

Gussie, as his pal Bertie Wooster always called him, turns out to bear some similarity to the protagonist of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (Warner Bros.).

Friday, November 25, 2016
Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner comes to Oregon
Portland Piano International welcomes Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner to Portland for a recital on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Both performances will be at 4 p.m. in Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall. This is Mr. Goerner’s Portland debut.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Memoir on path to Catholicism could inspire many
Over the decades, indeed over the centuries, a good many new Catholics wrote down accounts of their conversions. Going back as far as the fifth century and St. Augustine's “Confessions,” such first-person accounts make good reading down to the present day. “Cradle Catholics” tend to be intrigued by these accounts, sometimes because they help overcome a tendency to take one's Catholicism for granted, other times because they nourish a new appreciation for being Catholic.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
'Monsters' may be one of your favorite things
NEW YORK (CNS) — Emil Ferris' debut graphic novel, “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” (Fantagraphics), is an extraordinary work.

Over 350 pages long, it features a rich, remarkable visual style and several interweaving story lines. It will likely be a frontrunner when this year's awards for the genre are presented.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Salem parish offers holiday concert
Queen of Peace Parish in Salem welcomes Julie Hoy for her 20th annual “Giving Thanks” concert. Through music and storytelling, Hoy and her musical friends hope to make the evening one of inspiration.
Hoy will perform at the parish Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Queen of Peace Church. No charge for admission but donations are accepted.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Edge of Seventeen

NEW YORK (CNS) — A sense of missed opportunities looms over the coming-of-age comedy "The Edge of Seventeen" (STX). The film features many of its genre's familiar elements: a precocious, angst-ridden teen girl, awkwardness with the opposite sex, a sense of deprivation despite a loyal friend, a supportive brother and a very compassionate teacher. Yet this is not an update of the old John Hughes formula romances starring Molly Ringwald.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Almost Christmas

NEW YORK (CNS) — Writer-director David E. Talbert's ensemble comedy "Almost Christmas" (Universal) is clearly meant to be a crowd-pleasing holiday treat.

While its fundamental values are savory enough, however, dialogue larded with vulgarity taints the familiar recipe Talbert employs. Along with some mature themes and references, that makes the resulting dish unfit fare for kids.

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Shut In
NEW YORK (CNS) — When a film's dramatic highlight is the wonderful line "Just put the ax down so we can talk," and it's not, say, a drama about Canadian lumberjacks, the story may be in a little trouble.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

NEW YORK (CNS) — Mankind has an extended encounter with aliens from outer space in "Arrival" (Paramount).

This unusually intimate science-fiction drama finds profundity on a human scale as well as in the cosmos. Hypnotic and melancholy, the trenchant film probes the human capacity for awe and the benefits of being vulnerable and brave at the same time.

Friday, November 18, 2016

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