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Transformers: The Last Knight
NEW YORK (CNS) — Grown-ups who yearn to connect with their inner 11-year-old boy are given a two-and-a-half-hour window of opportunity to do so in "Transformers: The Last Knight" (Paramount). As for the literal preteens who might somehow enjoy this long, loud and dumb production, however, a steady stream of swearing and some muddled supernatural motifs make it inappropriate for them.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
'Prime Suspect: Tennison'
NEW YORK (CNS) — Venerable British actress Helen Mirren garnered broad acclaim from an American audience for the first time thanks to her riveting portrayal of London policewoman Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in "Prime Suspect," which first appeared on PBS in 1991.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Cars 3
NEW YORK (CNS) — Fasten your seatbelts and start your engines for a wild (and often ear-splitting) ride in "Cars 3" (Disney), the latest installment of the family-friendly animated franchise.
Friday, June 23, 2017
47 Meters Down
NEW YORK (CNS) — Way back in 1975, Steven Spielberg taught the world just how scary sharks can be with his classic "Jaws." Apparently the two main characters in the thriller "47 Meters Down" (Entertainment Studios) failed to get the message.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Iconographers convene to celebrate new curriculum
MOUNT ANGEL — Students of iconography will gather here June 23 - July 1 to pray, study and practice the sacred art form. This year, as the Iconographic Arts Institute marks three decades since its founding, it also will celebrate a new certificate in iconographic studies based on the 12-level curriculum the Institute uses.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
UP helping uncover ancient mysteries
Why did a Roman city on an isle off Spain burn in the third century? Why are both Christian and Muslim ancient burials located there? Why did archeologists on the island find a large pool for baptism replaced by a smaller one, even as Christianity was flourishing?
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
All Eyez on Me
NEW YORK (CNS) — Radical politics and the wayward values of hip-hop culture take "All Eyez on Me" (Summit), a sometimes intense but overlong and rarely insightful biography of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), off course.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Highly readable history looks at New York's Irish Catholic archbishops
This highly readable book, as the subtitle indicates, narrates the stories of the 10 archbishops of New York, all Irish, from John Hughes (1850-1864) to Timothy Dolan (2009 to the present), and including John McCloskey, Michael Corrigan, John Farley, Patrick Hayes, Francis Spellman, Terence Cooke, John O'Connor and Edward Egan. The volume has a picture of each, extensive footnotes and a helpful index.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Wonder Woman rebooted in new DC Comics series
NEW YORK (CNS) — Iconic DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman is having a good year as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Along with a wide-release movie featuring the character, the comic itself has been rebooted with a new writer and artist — Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Rough Night
NEW YORK (CNS) — "Weekend at Bernie's" meets "Bridesmaids" in the raunchy comedy "Rough Night" (Columbia). The result is pure dreck. Political candidate and bride-to-be Jess Thayer (Scarlett Johansson) joins her four best friends — Aussie ditz Pippa (Kate McKinnon), overeager misfit Alice (Jillian Bell), social justice warrior Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and self-satisfied rich lady Blair (Zoe Kravitz) — for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Book will feed family's soul with dinnertime prayers, reflections

The meaningful dinner conversations sparked by "Feeding Your Family's Soul" will make this book a daily dinnertime treat.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, an award-winning author and an Eternal Word Television Network host, has captured something so critical to a family's spiritual survival: praying and eating together.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Mario's still super with a new game on a new Nintendo console

NEW YORK (CNS) — There's good news for Nintendo fans. The gaming giant has just announced plans to release a new handheld console, the 2DS XL, in July.

At $149.99, the 2DS XL will be half the cost of the Nintendo Switch, the much-hyped system that has been so popular it's still not available in many stores.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Imagination helps readers better understand roots of Eucharist
"Around the Table" is what one might call a devotional book that gives you more than prayers and discussion questions.

Each of the 14 chapters focuses on a scriptural personage, some of whom the reader may not expect — including Mary, the mother of Jesus; St. Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus; St. Cleopas from the road to Emmaus narrative in Luke's Gospel; St. Peter; St. Mary Magdalene; and St. Longinus, whom legend — Hurd says "tradition" — identifies as the Roman soldier who thrust a spear into Jesus' side as he hung on the cross.

Monday, June 12, 2017
It Comes at Night
NEW YORK (CNS) — Morality is put to the test and fails in the bleak thriller "It Comes at Night" (A24). Well executed, yet painful to watch, writer-director Trey Edward Shults' drama plays skillfully on the psychology of fear, working more through subtlety and suggestion than depiction.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Megan Leavey
NEW YORK (CNS) — Man's best friend is also a lifesaver in "Megan Leavey" (Bleeker Street), the inspiring true story of a female Marine corporal and the bomb-sniffing dog she bonded with during the Iraq War. Leavey (born in 1983) and Rex, her trusty German shepherd, together completed more than 100 combat missions in Fallujah and Ramadi, uncovering roadside bombs and caches of weapons, before an explosion sidelined both in 2006.
Friday, June 9, 2017
The Mummy
NEW YORK (CNS) — The clumsily fashioned horror flick "The Mummy" (Universal) turns out to be anything but tightly wound.

Predictable pagan mumbo-jumbo aside, there's not much to bother grown viewers in the film. But its globetrotting — from Ancient Egypt to modern-day Iraq and London — eventually feels like a vain search for a better, or at least more focused, story to tell.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Vintage Mickey Mouse: funny but racially problematic
NEW YORK (CNS) — Strange as it seems, part of the output of an ongoing project to reissue old Mickey Mouse comics warrants a content warning. Not for violence or sexual elements, of course, but for a level of racial insensitivity that was taken for granted in many quarters in the mid-20th century but that now affronts.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The Tomb: A Novel of Martha
In this  retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus's resurrection from the dead, leading Martha-a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past-to hope and a new life.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Author maintains that Muslims have influenced America for centuries
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Amir Hussain wants Americans to know that Muslims have always been a part of the history of the United States, starting long before the country gained its independence from Great Britain.
Monday, June 5, 2017
In Mulieribus presents 'Order of Virtues'
In Mulieribus joins forces with Chamber Music Northwest to present “Order of the Virtues,” “Ordo Virtutum” by 12th century medieval composer, writer, philosopher and nun, Hildegard von Bingen. This stunning music drama, first of its kind, tells the tale of the struggle for a soul between the Virtues and the Devil. Anna Song, music director; Isaac Lamb, stage director and Devil; Hannah Penn as Anima; Laura Beckel Thoreson as Humility.
Sunday, June 4, 2017

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