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'Angry Birds Movie' inane
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Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad, and Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, appear in the animated movie
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Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad, and Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, appear in the animated movie "The Angry Birds Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Take an addictive phone app, contrive a plot to "explain" motivations, chuck in puns, brief potty humor and lengthy slapstick sequences, and you have the inane 3-D animated adaptation "The Angry Birds Movie" (Columbia).
Friday, May 20, 2016


NEW YORK (CNS) — Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's  brand of socially aware humor, which frequently considers the influence of pop culture on racial identity, translates well to the big screen. The catch is that they're bound to mimic what they spoof. And so, in crucial areas, their movie traffics in precisely the material they're sending up.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Nice Guys

NEW YORK (CNS) — The morally unstable tone of the clever action comedy "The Nice Guys" (Warner Bros.) is typified by the fictional resume of one of its two main characters.

Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a thug-for-hire in 1977 Los Angeles. Yet he's also a good-hearted soul who prefers to beat up only bad guys, especially lowlife types who prey on women.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Last Days in the Desert
NEW YORK (CNS) — "Who do you say that I am?" As has often been pointed out, this question — originally posed by Jesus to the 12 Apostles — is in fact a decisive inquiry directed by the Savior at each and every human being.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

NEW YORK (CNS) — Everything you need to know about the witless comedy "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" (Universal), you'll learn from a description of the opening scene.

This finds suburban husband and wife Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) Radner in the throes of lovemaking — but with Kelly feeling incongruously queasy.

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Captain America: Civil War

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Newcomers to the Marvel Comics universe may find themselves bewildered by the turbulent adventure "Captain America: Civil War" (Disney).

In part, that's because the film is more an ensemble piece featuring the whole Avengers crew of superheroes than an outing primarily focused on the titular good guy, played by Chris Evans. Additionally, the script does little to bring the uninitiated up to speed.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Institute sustains sacred art form
“Anyone can learn to write an icon,” says Mary Katsilometes, co-founder of the Iconographic Arts Institute conducted at the Benedictines’ Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel. “It’s as much a prayer, a reflection on Sacred Scripture, as it is an art form. The institute is open to all, from beginners to advanced iconographers.”
Thursday, May 19, 2016
In Mulieribus welcomes new board president
Nancy Pole-Wilhite, longtime board president of In Mulieribus, recently stepped down from that position in order to assume a new role as special projects producer for the Portland women’s choir. Portland musician and neighborhood and social justice activist Geri Ethen will take on the role of board president.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Concert features 15th century music
In Mulieribus, a women’s ensemble that specializes in music composed before 1750, offers “Dufay and Company” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 at St. Stephen Church in Portland.  
Sunday, May 8, 2016
'Firewatch' a beautiful, contemplative video game
NEW YORK (CNS) — If a designer were asked to come up with a video game that would effectively refute popular preconceptions about the genre, "Firewatch" (Campo Santo) might well be the result.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Intense book challenges status quo on churches' approach to racism
White Christians, and particularly white, male Christians, who like to be challenged about how they live the Gospel will find that challenge in "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism."
Friday, April 22, 2016
The Huntsman: Winter's War
NEW YORK (CNS) — "The Huntsman: Winter's War" (Universal) is both a prequel and a sequel. As such, it falls between two stools -- with a resounding thud.
Friday, April 22, 2016
The Jungle Book
NEW YORK (CNS) — Forest, fauna and beast never looked as good as they do in "The Jungle Book" (Disney), a lavish retelling of the 1894 collection of stories by British author Rudyard Kipling.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — The spirit of "Young Frankenstein" looms over the contrived plot of the mind-swap yarn "Criminal" (Summit). Since the newer film is meant to be a serious action adventure, that's not such a good thing.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Marylhurst faculty gathers for May 9 recital
Marylhurst University music faculty will come together for one night to showcase a diversity of music and talent at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in Flavia Salon at Marylhurst University. Featured faculty include James Manuele, classical guitar; Tom Sandahl, jazz guitar; Emily Ross, French horn; Peter Whitmore, double bass; Polly Hancock-Moody, vocals; and pianists Sally Harmon and John Haek. The program will include classical, jazz and original works, such as pieces by Franz Strauss and Hector Villa-Lobos.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Musical instrument artisans gather at Marylhurst
More than 80 artisans from across the Pacific Northwest will gather at Marylhurst University, noon to 5 p.m. on April 30 and May 1, to display all types of guitars, bowed and stringed instruments, mandolins, banjos, ukes, percussion and ancient instruments. There will be more than 30 mini-performances by local professional musicians on instruments provided by the exhibitors, as well as craftsman demonstrations of instruments under construction.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
NEW YORK (CNS) — The close-knit Portokalos family — loving, clingy, earthy and in your face at all the most inopportune moments — returns in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" (Universal).
Monday, April 4, 2016
Grace in the every day
BEAVERTON — Author Brian Doyle will speak on “Grace in the Every Day” 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
'Real O'Neals' not the real deal
NEW YORK (CNS) — Did you know that the Catholic Church has an evil twin? To find this doppelganger, viewers need look no further than the ABC sitcom "The Real O'Neals," which premiered March 2 and airs Tuesdays, 8:30-9 p.m. EDT.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
God's Not Dead 2
Flawed religious drama in which a history teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) at a public high school, who is also a committed evangelical believer, gets in hot water for quoting the New Testament in class. With her job on the line, she heads into a court battle backed by an untried but good-hearted lawyer (Jesse Metcalfe) and with the emotional and spiritual support of her kindly grandfather (Pat Boone). Leading the charge against her is a serpentine attorney (Ray Wise) for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Patty Duke dies at 69
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (CNS) — Patty Duke, who had much of her childhood — and even her Catholic faith — ripped away from her by managers molding her into a child star, died March 29 in Los Angeles. She was 69.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

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