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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

Books look at poor from hands-on, historical perspectives
Jesuit Father Sean Salai provides a lot of information in "What Would Pope Francis Do?" — a relatively short but well-written book that is particularly suitable for young Catholics. Six thematic chapters (on longing, closeness, dignity, weariness, tenderness and Mary) reflect on Pope Francis' teachings from his 2013 exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").
Friday, October 28, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — Popular culture's relentless drive to portray a homosexual lifestyle as merely one more form of diversity and its view of out-of-wedlock motherhood as a respectable choice, at least for mature women, mars the otherwise unobjectionable animated comedy "Storks" (Warner Bros.).
Thursday, October 27, 2016

NEW YORK (CNS) — It seems obvious that bank robbery, especially in real life, makes a better subject for drama than for comedy.

And nothing in the Zach Galifianakis vehicle "Masterminds" (Relativity) — a comic recounting of the 1997 "hillbilly heist" from an armored-car firm in North Carolina — does anything to undermine that easily-arrived-at conclusion.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Deepwater Horizon
NEW YORK (CNS) — Audiences of the 1970s were fed a steady diet of fictional disaster movies. Ocean liners capsized, skyscrapers burned and planes were imperiled.

Whatever the nature of the threat, endangered characters, whether plucky or pusillanimous, tried to see it through in the conviction that (to quote the popular theme song of 1972's "The Poseidon Adventure"), "There's got to be a morning after."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Accountant
NEW YORK (CNS) — In effect, the action-drama "The Accountant" (Warner Bros.) argues that those with autism have a license to kill as well as to abet a litany of other criminal activities.

If this summation makes the movie sound preposterous and morally bankrupt, then so be it. After doing the math, it's the only deduction one can draw.

Monday, October 24, 2016

NEW YORK (CNS) — An overheated tone and characters' questionable tactics in the struggle against abortion undercut the obviously good intentions behind the pro-life drama "Voiceless" (ArtAffects).

While it's clearly meant to serve as a cinematic rallying cry for the protection of the innocent, the film instead runs the risk of reinforcing the stereotype of irate, crusading picketers collaring women in vulnerable situations.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Kevin Hart: What Now?

NEW YORK (CNS) — Everything about the concert film "Kevin Hart: What Now?" (Universal) — aside from the comic himself — is oversized.

That includes the rock-concert setting at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and the giant video screens used to illustrate his stories. It also applies to Hart's many attempts to make fun of his own life, in which he now confronts mostly rich-people problems.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
TV program notes - week of Oct. 23, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of Oct 23 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Max Steel

NEW YORK (CNS) — Yet another action figure leaps off the toy store shelves and onto the big screen in "Max Steel" (Open Road), the coming-of-age chronicle of a Mattel-made superhero.

A human-alien hybrid (think G.I. Joe crossed with a Transformer), the eponymous creature fights for truth, justice and you-know-what in the spirit of Superman and all those Avengers.

Friday, October 21, 2016
TV film fare -
NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Oct 23. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Documentary on God's mercy to air on ABC
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “The Face of Mercy,” a new Knights of Columbus documentary that uses personal accounts to highlight the impact of God’s mercy on people’s lives, will air on many ABC-affiliated TV stations from Oct. 16 to Dec. 16.  The program runs at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 on KATU Portland.
Friday, October 21, 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

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