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Catholic musicians Jaime Cortez, Curtis Stephan and Tom Kendzia will lead a free concert Friday, Oct. 21, and a daylong music ministry conference on Saturday, Oct. 22, at University of Portland.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
NEW YORK (CNS) — One thing you can say for the title character in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (Paramount), the fellow does enjoy a good punch in the face.

Whether giving or receiving the jabs, Tom Cruise — in his second venture as the former Army officer turned freelance detective — is as durable as a cast-iron stove.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Queen of Katwe
NEW YORK (CNS) — The glorious "Queen of Katwe" (Disney) applies the traditional formula of an uplifting sports drama to the real-life story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

The film then goes in unexpected directions to expose the scars horrific poverty can leave on the human soul.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Birth of a Nation
NEW YORK (CNS) — Nat Turner's Rebellion, an 1831 insurrection among the enslaved people of Southampton County, Virginia, represented the most serious challenge of its kind ever posed to slavery in the antebellum South.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
NEW YORK (CNS) — Kids the same age as its preteen main character are clearly the target audience for "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" (Lionsgate/CBS Films).

But numerous elements in the film seem ill-suited to such youthful viewership. In particular, parents may not care for the underlying message of this comedy which charts — with glowing approval — its protagonist's revolt against scholastic authority.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

NEW YORK (CNS) — Director Tim Burton is on his home turf with the gothic fantasy "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (Fox).

While his adaptation of Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel is mildly entertaining, however, it's hobbled by an overly complicated premise and by the head-scratching implications of time travel.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Girl on the Train
NEW YORK (CNS) — "The Girl on the Train" (Universal), director Tate Taylor's adaptation of Paula Hawkins' best-selling novel, is a film that would like to be taken seriously.

The dialogue is meant to be weighty and the time-hopping presentation of events challenging — even deliberately confusing — for viewers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Magnificent Seven
NEW YORK (CNS) — A chivalrous parable that showcases self-sacrificing heroism, "The Magnificent Seven" (Columbia) can be read as illustrating, in microcosm, Catholic theology's theory of a just war.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Auschwitz saint's story comes to Woodburn
St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan monk, could easily have survived World War II. The Nazis even offered him the chance to register as an ethnic German, giving him status far above his fellow Poles. He refused their offer, and instead helped publish anti-Nazi magazines, also giving shelter to Jewish refugees.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Local artist's work chosen by US State Department
TIGARD — Karen Cruickshank's passions have always been related to art, but the teacher at St. Anthony School here never assumed her abstract paintings would hang on the walls of a U.S. embassy.
Monday, October 3, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Few figures on the contemporary scene are as controversial as Edward Snowden, the former intelligence officer who, in 2013, revealed to the press the existence of a secret National Security Agency program for the collection of mass data that he considered abusive.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Cappella Romana launches 25th season
For this weekend’s opening of Cappella Romana’s 25th anniversary season, the professional vocal ensemble performs a reprise of its debut performance in 1991.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Guitar tapper to come to Portland

Christie Lenée performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Mississippi Studios. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 23.

Lenée’s guitar work is often compared to Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, fusing folky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and guitar compositions.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Original work set for St. Rose Sept. 24
St. Rose of Lima Church in Northeast Portland is the location of a world musical premier Saturday, Sept. 24. During offertory at the 5:30 p.m. Mass, organist John Vergin will play “Eucharistia,” a modern classical sacred piece by Portland composer Garry George Wilkes.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
'Catholic writer' a familiar shorthand for author Ron Hansen

TORONTO (CNS) — The website of St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish in California displays "Deacon Ron Hansen" as the last name on its clergy staff list.

Deacon Hansen's parish duties include the usual liturgical functions, occasional preaching, creating the Mass schedule for the parish's three priests, and facilitating discussions of films with Christian themes.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Wild Life

NEW YORK (CNS) — Daniel Defoe is spinning in his grave.

The English author's celebrated 1719 novel "Robinson Crusoe," which set the standard for thrilling, realistic adventure fiction, has morphed into a 3-D animated kiddie comedy called "The Wild Life" (Summit).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Blair Witch
NEW YORK (CNS) — Turning the 1999 ultra-low-budget "The Blair Witch Project" into a franchise has meant turning the saga into a conventional slasher film with little suspense and predictable setups.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Bridget Jones's Baby

NEW YORK (CNS) — Typically, romantic comedies do not revolve around characters our youth-crazed culture tends to dismiss as middle-aged. "Bridget Jones's Baby" (Universal) is a charming exception.

An over-40 heroine and her two mature suitors prove more than capable of combining love and laughter to life-affirming effect.

Monday, September 19, 2016
The Disappointments Room
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Mixing a psychological drama with the dependable haunted-house formula must have sounded appealing to the makers of "The Disappointments Room" (Rogue).
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author of 'All the Light We Cannot See' to speak at UP
Students, faculty and staff are reading Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” as a way to unify the academic year.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Fly in to see 'Sully'
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Putting Tom Hanks in the cockpit as everybody's favorite aviator, US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, and bringing Clint Eastwood on board to direct him certainly sounds like a formula for high-flying success. And so it proves with "Sully" (Warner Bros.), Eastwood's satisfying adaptation of Sullenberger's memoir (co-written with Jeffrey Zaslow) "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters."
Saturday, September 10, 2016

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