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  • 'Hitsville: The Making of Motown,' Aug. 24, Showtime
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Although he's approaching 90, storied music executive Berry Gordy doesn't appear to be slowing down in "Hitsville: The Making of Motown," the first documentary on the subject made with his participation.
  • Angel Has Fallen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Good personal values vie with relentless gory combat in "Angel Has Fallen" (Lionsgate). The result is an action sequel that's too graphic for those seeking casual entertainment.
  • Ready or Not
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The honeymoon is over even before it begins in the nuptial-themed horror fantasy "Ready or Not" (Fox Searchlight).
  • The Blackout Club
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Something lurks beneath the town of Redacre, Virginia, and only a handful of teenagers can uncover the evidence. Close your eyes and run blindly through the twisting network of tunnels below Redacre because only then can you see the Shape who waits to take over your mind.
  • Drive in — Sleep out
    Family Promise of Beaverton is preparing for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual Drive In – Sleep Out, Saturday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Beaverton City Park. There will be live music, speakers, food trucks, a movie in the park and a hot breakfast. Donors who don’t want to spend the night can register as “backseat drivers,” going home to sleep. Go to familypromiseofbeaverton.org to learn more.
  • Blinded by the Light
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Abundant charm and an insightful depiction of the ups and downs of both friendship and family life make "Blinded by the Light" (Warner Bros.) — writer-director Gurinder Chadha's touching fact-based mix of drama and comedy — a winner.
  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged
    NEW YORK (CNS) — There's blood in the water in the shark-themed thriller "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" (Entertainment Studios).
  • Good Boys
    NEW YORK (CNS) — It's rare that even the premise of a mainstream movie can be characterized as immoral. Yet such is the case with the supposed comedy "Good Boys" (Universal).
  • Author's advice on moral investing not the only Catholic way
    George P. Schwartz, a certified financial adviser and CEO of Schwartz Investment Counsel, explores the idea of "participating in the capital markets in a purposeful, reasoned and ethical way to achieve legitimate investment objectives and avoid morally objectionable businesses" in his book, "In God We Trust." Schwartz names this idea "morally responsible investing," and practices it through the Ave Maria Mutual Funds, which he manages.
  • Banks holds no resentment for wrongful conviction; he's focused on others
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) — The new film "Brian Banks" recounts the true story of a high school football star whose promising future was derailed when he was falsely accused of rape.
  • The Angry Birds Movie 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Much feathery fun is packed into "The Angry Birds Movie 2" (Sony), the latest animated installment in the franchise based on the addictive phone app. In fact, in every respect, it's far superior to, and more intelligent than, the 2016 original.
  • 'The Great Hack,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In 2016, the London-based and now-defunct political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica is alleged to have improperly obtained 87 million Facebook subscribers' personal data to support the Trump campaign's Project Alamo. Some observers believe this activity helped sway that year's presidential election.
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Teenage and grown viewers will find much to cheer about in "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" (Paramount). As for younger fans of its source material, the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series "Dora the Explorer," however, parents may need to exercise just a bit of caution.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Classic horror motifs are given fresh life in the fun chiller "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" (Lionsgate). However, while the film is essentially a bloodless affair, other elements make it best for grownups.
  • Brian Banks
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Dramas of the falsely accused fighting against a broken legal system are reliably inspiring. With the sports star formula additionally worked in, "Brian Banks" (Bleecker Street) might seem to ace it.
  • New books outline history, modern realities of religious liberty
    Historian and journalist Steven Waldman would agree, but would quickly add that this "simple truth" has been challenged repeatedly in the United States. The subtitle of his new book says it all — America is engaged in a "long, bloody and ongoing struggle for religious rights."
  • The Kitchen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — What's cooking in "The Kitchen" (Warner Bros.)? A morally muddled stew of fatal feminism.
  • Toni Morrison, author baptized Catholic as child, dies at age 88
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Toni Morrison, award-winning author of 11 novels whose words brought to life the experiences of African American women, died Aug. 5 at age 88 in New York due to complications from pneumonia.
  • Filmmaker's documentary less on immigration than the 'human story'
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The linchpin of Marialuisa Ernst's upcoming documentary, "A Place of Absence," is that, each year, about 20,000 Latin Americans migrating to the United States seem to disappear.
  • Author shines needed light on dark chapter in U.S. Catholic history
    "Desegregating Dixie" tells the story of the slow, hesitant desegregation of Catholic parishes and schools. The Catholic Church has always had a small presence in the American South compared to the Protestant denominations. The church never set up separate black and white parishes as the Protestants did in the days of Jim Crow. Nonetheless, the vast majority of Catholics worshipped as separately as Protestants.
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In keeping with a tested formula, barbs are traded, vehicles are raced and both fists and bullets fly in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" (Universal), director David Leitch's stand-alone addition to the popular action franchise that started in 2001.
  • The Farewell
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "East is east and west is west," observed Rudyard Kipling, "and never the twain shall meet." Anyone doubting the ongoing applicability of that observation should see writer-director Lulu Wang's moving film "The Farewell" (A24).
  • Wall Street executive says 'joyful perseverance' key to street evangelism
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Stephen Auth is used to being taken seriously as a manager of mutual funds. In his work in street evangelism, though, he has learned new lessons in humility.
  • Intellectual biography traces influences on Pope Francis' thought
    In the age of the global papacy, the current occupant of the chair of St. Peter often gets boiled down to a simple caricature. St. John Paul II? An anti-communist celebrity. Pope Benedict XVI? A doctrinaire "rottweiler." Pope Francis? Light on theology, heavy on lived example.
  • They Are Billions
    NEW YORK (CNS) — If you've ever wanted to mesh medieval village management with the zombie apocalypse, now is your chance.
  • New documentary looks at immigrants' integration into U.S. heartland
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Filmmakers Matthew McGlinn and John Altman set out to, in McGlinn's words, "elevate the conversation" about immigration with their new documentary, "Immigrants in the Heartland: Who Are We Following?"
  • 'God gave me this passion to serve,' says 'Soul Surfer' subject
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Perhaps the most startling image in the documentary "Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable" (Entertainment Films) is of the pro surfer, who lost her left arm in a 2003 shark attack, confidently navigating her surfboard while seven months pregnant with her first child.
  • Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Any film linking the names of writer-director Quentin Tarantino and infamous cult leader Charles Manson is unlikely to be a peaceable affair. And this eventually proves true for the auteur's ruefully affectionate look back at 1969 Tinseltown, "Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood" (Columbia).
  • 'Pennyworth,' July 28, Epix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — At first glance, "Pennyworth," a limited series drama on the premium cable channel Epix, seems to be based on a great idea for a TV show.
  • Actor joins with those struggling for religious freedom in Middle East
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A two-time Academy Award-winning actor lent his support July 16 to the religious freedom struggle in the Middle East.
    Mahershala Ali, winner of the supporting-actor Oscar for both "Moonlight" (2017) and "The Green Book" (2018), addressed an evening reception of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Congressional Caucus, co-sponsored at the U.S. Capitol with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
  • Faith is no trick up this magician's sleeve
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — For Giancarlo Bernini, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, things are not always as they appear and that's a good thing because it is how he plans to make a living.
  • Small volume has valuable insights on Our Father prayer
    Many books and essays have been written on the Our Father over the years. One of the most important essays prior to the Second Vatican Council was written early in his career by Father Raymond E. Brown (1928-1998).
  • Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor.
    "Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness" — an unfinished painting on wood on loan from the Vatican Museums — will be on special exhibit July 15-Oct. 6.
  • The Lion King
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Advances in moviemaking technology allow a story that could only previously be told as a cartoon to be enacted, so to speak, by animals. And so we get "The Lion King" (Disney).
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A classic role-playing game — RPG in gamer jargon — meets creative construction in "Dragon Quest Builders 2." Anyone with a love for fantasy and for the blocky-building style of "Minecraft" is sure to enjoy this release from Square Enix.
  • Beat Saber
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Very few games these days can leave you breathless. But "Beat Saber" achieves that effect in the course of just one song.
    Produced by Beat Games, this virtual-reality rhythm title requires players to combat incoming flying objects with a lightsaber while grooving to the selected music track. The future has arrived — and it's a fun experience for the entire family.
  • William Byrd Festival returns
    This year’s William Byrd Festival, the 22nd in Portland, takes place Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 25, at various locations around Portland, including Holy Rosary Church in Northeast and St. Philip Neri Church in Southeast.
  • All hymns, all the time: 'Great Catholic Music' makes streaming debut
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics hear hymns in church, but hardly ever on the radio. Now they can augment their weekly diet of hymnody through a new audio web streaming service called Great Catholic Music.
  • Women's stories offer concrete tips for daughters of God
    Women are all about stories. We grow in faith through conversations and mutual sharing. Three recent books aim to fill a gap in publishers' catalogs: books about feminine spirituality.
  • New book highlights 12 historic homilies delivered in times of crisis
    BALTIMORE (CNS) — As the Nazi regime systematically killed those it deemed mentally ill or "unproductive," a fearless bishop of the Diocese of Munster, Germany, took to the pulpit in 1941 to denounce and challenge what was happening.
  • C.S. Lewis comes to Portland
    Following its hit 2018 national tour, Fellowship for Performing Arts — the producers of “The Screwtape Letters” and “The Great Divorce” — returns to Portland with “C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert.”
  • 'Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A tip for viewers: All isn't as it seems in storied director Martin Scorsese's "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story." A purported documentary infused with fictitious elements, the fascinating, evocative and revelatory film is currently streaming on Netflix.
  • Three books earn honors
    A trio of Oregon Catholic authors won kudos in the books categories during the awards ceremonies in June at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. 
  • Music amid monasticism
    ST. BENEDICT — For Oregon Catholics, and others, it’s become a rite of summer. 
  • Crawl
    NEW YORK (CNS) — What Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" did for sharks, director Alexandre Aja's deliberately claustrophobic chiller "Crawl" (Paramount) sets out to do for alligators. The result involves some undeniably frightening moments but also an amount of bloodletting the casual moviegoer will find excessive.
  • Rare exhibit of Jesuit artists' work in China displayed in Washington
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Visitors to Smithsonian art museums in Washington got a special treat this summer when an exhibit on Chinese empresses also featured a rare display by two Jesuit missionaries whose artwork was in the past largely seen only by royalty and high government officials.
  • Stuber
    NEW YORK (CNS) — With a shared-economy premise that's no doubt meant to be timely and an odd-couple pairing as hoary as David Letterman's beard, "Stuber" (Fox) takes viewers for a spin. But the result is no joy ride.
  • Two Canadian theaters cancel showings of 'Unplanned' after threats
    OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Two independent theaters have canceled screenings of the pro-life movie "Unplanned" after managers and owners received "serious threats," according to the Canadian distributor of the movie.
  • 'Good Omens,' streaming, Amazon Prime
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Amazon Prime customers will have noticed that an ad for "Good Omens" has recently accompanied every package delivered to them. Is the streaming service's considerable investment in this fantasy show justified? A qualified yes is the answer.
  • Book describes Counter-Reformation content of Catholic art
    The best part of this book is the collection of glossy photos showing masterpieces of 16th- and 17th-century Italian art. The sculptures and paintings exemplify how artistic geniuses delved into Catholicism's deposit of faith to convey biblical and theological themes and events.
  • Midsommar
    NEW YORK (CNS) — All dressed up as slow-moving psychological horror, "Midsommar" (A24) relies on the stale trope of feckless naive visitors to a primitive tribe that specializes in unnatural practices.
  • Dauntless
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Monsters are ravaging the world, and only you can end their rampage in “Dauntless,” the latest free role-playing title from Epic Games. With its bright Pixaresque graphics, easy accessibility and freedom from most morally objectionable content, “Dauntless” will delight a wide range of age groups.
  • Catholic Laughs duo shares love of wholesome comedy
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Parishes can literally laugh their way to the bank, raising up to $4,500 in one night of comedy with the Catholic Laughs organization.
  • Farm documentary shows 'Laudato Si'' put into practice
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A suggestion, not so much for young viewers but for the adults who may take them to the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm” (Neon): Don't get too attached to any cute animal that has been given a name.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Snappy and substantial, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (Columbia), director Jon Watts' follow-up to his 2017 feature “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” is an adventure full of bloodless derring-do and gentle, innocent romance. As a result, many parents may consider it acceptable for older teens.
  • Annabelle Comes Home
    NEW YORK (CNS) — 'Tis the season, so it would seem, for devilish dollies. First, someone in Hollywood had the bright idea of rebooting the odious “Child's Play” series, setting maniacal Chucky back on the rampage.
  • Truly understanding Christ can transform Christians, author says
    “A mature Christian sees Christ in everything and everyone else,” Franciscan Father Richard Rohr writes in “The Universal Christ.” But to achieve such maturity, it is vital that Christians know who Christ is. It is time, the author suggests, to come to terms with what the full title “Jesus Christ” implies.
    “Is Christ simply Jesus' last name? Or is it a revealing title that deserves our full attention?”