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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
Allied
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

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