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  • Fade to Silence
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Could you survive an endless winter of harsh climates and demonic terrors? That's the question posed by "Fade to Silence" (THQ Nordic) in which characters must eke out a way of life amid a postapocalyptic deep freeze.
  • WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dawn Eden Goldstein, rock-music-historian-turned-theology-professor, isn't afraid to say where she's been.
  • 'When They See Us,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Highly anticipated but hugely disappointing, the four-part, four-and-a-half-hour limited series "When They See Us" is currently streaming on Netflix. The first three epi-sodes each run an hour, with the finale running 90 minutes.
  • UP poet wins Oregon Book Award
    Matthew Minicucci, an English professor at the University of Portland, is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Stafford/Hall Prize for Poetry for his collection titled Small Gods. 
  • Documentary gets at soul of LA gang ministry
    A newly available film produced in the Pacific Northwest offers a soulful inside look at Home-boy Industries, a ministry to former gang members and felons led by Jesuit Father Greg Boyle in Los Angeles. 
  • 'Pitching In,' streaming, Acorn
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Viewers tired of programs involving serial killers and terrorists may want to check out the wonderfully idiosyncratic and restrained dramedy "Pitching In." Streaming now on Acorn, the four-hour limited series originally aired on BBC Wales in February.
  • Stations of the Cross, figures available
    The Cloisters on the Platte, the retreat center built by billionaire Joe Ricketts 30 minutes south of Omaha, Nebraska, has as its centerpiece a half-mile long Stations of the Cross that boasts 60 larger-than-life bronze figures, all created by six artists based in Oregon and Colorado. 
  • Spring a time for fun and deeper thought
    It’s springtime in Oregon and that means outdoor festivals and events are starting up. Also on the spring and early summer agenda are some events that will get people thinking, even praying. 
  • Dark Phoenix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Though somber in tone, the Marvel Comics-based sci-fi adventure "Dark Phoenix" (Fox) has a fundamentally moral outlook and features a more relationship-driven story than many similar films.
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Lessons about overcoming fear and helping those in need are featured in "The Secret Life of Pets 2" (Universal).
  • Book describes a dark side of Mexico's Catholic history
    Mexican Catholicism is symbolized by the positive image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the country's patroness. The image recalls the Dec. 12, 1531, appearance of Mary to a native of the New World, her indigenous features encapsulating the desire to infuse Catholicism into Latin America's native populations. Mexico also is the world's second largest Catholic country, population wise.
  • USCCB releases pope's book on devil
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a new book of Pope Francis' teachings on the history of the devil, "his empty promises and works" and "how we can actively combat him."
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — An unforgettable saga of love and sacrifice finally arrives on Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch with the remastered version of "Final Fantasy X/X-2" (Square Enix). These epic games, originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2001 and 2003 respectively, thus become available to a wider audience.
  • Book profiles social justice activists, famous and less well-known
    Just as spring eclipses winter's gloom, "Can I Get a Witness?" will ignite hope in the most downcast soul.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    NEW YORK (CNS) — If there were an Academy Award for the most aurally annoying film of the year, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" (Warner Bros.) would certainly be a strong contender.
  • Rocketman
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The musical fantasy "Rocketman" (Paramount), which recounts the early life of rock star Elton John, is a polished and generally appealing film. But it deals with its subject's homosexuality in a way that puts it at odds with scriptural values.
  • Pope: Sport strengthens friendships, brings out best of body, mind
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For young men and women, competitive sports like soccer not only help strengthen their bodies, but also help strengthen their souls in creating last bonds of friendship through teamwork, Pope Francis said.
  • Vaporum
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Gamers seeking the thrill of a challenge are sure to find it in "Vaporum" (Merge Games). This first-person steampunk dungeon crawler, as its developer, Fatbot Games, describes it, abounds in intriguingly mysterious elements.
  • Book highlights diversity in moral theology since '50s
    Once an "ABC person of the week" and a New York Times "man in the news," Father Charles E. Curran is not much of a household name these days. To be sure, he is still remembered for his dissent during the long-running debate over Catholic moral issues. And some will recall that Father Curran was dismissed from the theology faculty at The Catholic University of America in 1986.
  • Everything has its place
    The Iconographic Arts Institute will hold its third annual icon exhibit June 3 - 27 at the Mount Angel Benedictine Abbey Library. Reflecting on the theme of “Everything has its place,” the exhibit will highlight the work of students and their skill in writing sacred icons. 
  • Catholic school teacher in Tennessee gets a shot at stardom on 'Jeopardy'
    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — For a moment, Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville and one of its teachers stared television history in the face.
  • 'The Hot Zone,' May 27-29, National Geographic
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Julianna Margulies, who memorably played Chicago attorney Alicia Florrick for eight seasons on CBS' popular drama "The Good Wife," embraces a much different challenge playing army veterinary pathologist Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax in the fact-based miniseries "The Hot Zone."
  • Brightburn
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Lives there a parent of a sulking 12-year-old boy on the cusp of adolescence who has not uttered out loud to their spouse the following words: "He's not our son. We found him in the woods."
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Life is suffering," declares a character in "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum" (Lionsgate). While that may or may not hold true as a general principle, for the two hours-plus that this slick but nasty action picture lasts it certainly seems accurate enough.
  • 'Game' over: the five stages of being a 'Thrones' fan
    RICHMOND, Calif. (CNS) — Eight years ago, "Game of Thrones" began on HBO and the worlds of water-cooler conversations, fire-breathing dragons and social media haven't been the same since. To say it's been a wild ride is the least of it.
  • A Dog's Journey
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad), the beloved pet featured in 2017's "A Dog's Purpose," returns for another adventure in "A Dog's Journey" (Universal).
  • Booksmart
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The high school romance film gets a makeover in "Booksmart" (Annapurna), and the results are not pretty.
  • The Sun Is Also a Star
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The easily identifiable purpose of the adolescent romance "The Sun Is Also a Star" (Warner Bros.) is to make teenage girls swoon by presenting them with the beau ideal of a beau.
  • UP poet wins Oregon Book Award
    Matthew Minicucci, an English professor at the University of Portland, is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Stafford/Hall Prize for Poetry for his collection titled Small Gods. 
  • Jubilate Deo: Music for Eastertide
    Cantores in Ecclesia, Blake Applegate, director, presents Jubilate Deo: Music for Eastertide, a choral concert featuring music from Easter Sunday through Pentecost. The program will include Renaissance motets by Byrd, Palestrina and Victoria, as well as rarely performed works by Jean l'Héritier and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. A reception in Aquinas Hall will follow. 
  • Aladdin
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Though the magical tale of Aladdin is centuries old, it's probably best known to contemporary audiences through two relatively recent products of pop culture: the 1992 animated film with Robin Williams and the Broadway musical derived from it, which continues a run that began in 2014.
  • Mortal Kombat 11
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The formation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board regulatory body in the 1990s was partly brought about by the notorious reputation of the first title in the "Mortal Kombat" fighting-game franchise. A quarter century later, the latest installment in that long series, "Mortal Kombat 11" (WB Games) arrives with a renewed storyline and outstanding visual graphics but with gory mayhem little diminished.
  • Laughter Tim Conway 'gave world will never be replaced,' says daughter
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Tim Conway, who died May 14 in Los Angeles at age 85, was probably best known for his 11 seasons on TV's "The Carol Burnett Show," where he delighted viewers with outlandish sketch comedy and physical humor.
  • Books take different approach to study of Catholic sacraments
    There are few topics more important to Catholic life than sacraments, and these three books are all intended to help explore this underexamined area of our faith. They present a wide variety of approaches and various levels of helpfulness to examining these seven key experiences of God's grace.
  • Creating a splendor worthy of Christ
    LAKE OSWEGO —Tomasz Misztal sees his life as raggedly divided between what makes sense and the senseless. 
  • Unheard
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Echoes of the popular detective-themed radio dramas of the 1940s resonate through "Unheard" (NEXT Studios). This PC game immerses players in a story that compels them to keep moving forward based not on what they can see but what they can hear.
  • Tolkien fan gets to direct a movie on his life
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dome Karukoski shared one critical, albeit sad, boyhood link with J.R.R. Tolkien: being fatherless.
  • Hesburgh
    NEW YORK (CNS) — There was a time in the 1970s when Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh (1917-2015) seemed to be ubiquitous. Well into his long tenure as president of the University of Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh had by then also been involved in Cold War diplomacy, the civil rights movement and shaping the changing character of Catholic higher education.
  • 'The Burial of Kojo,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Set in Ghana and shot on a minimal budget, the often enchanting yet somewhat opaque fable "The Burial of Kojo" is currently streaming on Netflix. Written and directed by Ghanaian-American hip-hop artist Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule — better known by his stage name, Blitz the Ambassador — this debut film is recorded in English and Ghana's Twi language with subtitles.
  • Film on Austrian priest killed by Nazis gets Iowa world premiere
    DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) — The film "Otto Neururer: Hope through Darkness," based on the life of the first Austrian priest killed in a Nazi concentration camp, had its world premiere recently in Iowa.
  • Among three new books on papacy, one stands out
    Each of these three new books on the papacy is informative and interesting.
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Devotees of the global media juggernaut that takes its name from the Japanese for pocket monsters will no doubt welcome "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" (Warner Bros.), the first live-action feature in the franchise that began with video games in the 1990s. As for those not yet initiated into the mysteries of the Pokemon universe, however, they may feel both left behind and unimpressed.
  • The Hustle
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "The Hustle" (MGM) suffers from being a mechanical ride, punctuated by occasional attempts at crass humor, through a plot based on outdated notions of cleverness and sophistication. It's a gender-swapped remake of 1988's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which itself was based on a 1964 comedy, "Bedtime Story." And the roots show.
  • Video game aids Notre Dame's reconstruction
    NEW YORK (CNS) — When Paris' Cathedral of Notre Dame caught fire, the world held its collective breath. The spire fell, and the wooden roof was reduced to ash, but the holy relics were saved, and the interior preserved from the worst ravages of fire. Now more than $1 billion has been raised to restore Notre Dame, and a video game may prove to be the structure's saving grace.
  • Poms
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Moviegoers turning to the senior-themed comedy "Poms" (STX) in the hope of being treated to the kind of zingy dialogue and amusing antics that made the NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls” so popular will come away sadly disappointed. Though the filmmakers' good intentions are evident, the outcome is feeble.
  • Tolkien
    NEW YORK (CNS) — By turns lyrical and moving, "Tolkien" (Fox Searchlight) is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist's youth that succeeds on a number of levels. This may not be the biography that every fan of Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is looking for, and it may not even fully accomplish what its makers set out to achieve. But, if nothing else, it does tell the story of the young Tolkien and his times.
  • No 'Hesburgh' picture without 'Catholics vs. Convicts,' filmmaker says
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Patrick Creadon, who made the new documentary "Hesburgh" about Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, said that film wouldn't have been possible had it not been for a feature he made three years earlier for ESPN, "Catholics vs. Convicts."
  • WHO guides parents on kids' screen time
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Parents must feel at times it's a losing battle keeping screens out of their children's hands, much less away from their eyes.
    Seemingly out of the blue, however, the U.N.'s World Health Organization issued guidelines April 24 on screen time for young children. The upshot: No screen time for babies under a year old, and no more than one hour a day for children under age 5.
  • 'Good-bad Catholic' in Canadian writer's new fiction
    TORONTO (CNS) — Canadian author and educator Randy Boyagoda hopes an upcoming trilogy of novels will add to the tradition of what he terms "the good/bad Catholic" narratives.
  • Surprising facts can deepen Catholics' understanding of Bible
    This book will provide Catholic readers, including the young, with an excellent introduction to the Bible. A number of its facts are indeed surprising and will inspire and deepen the understanding even of those who are reasonably well versed in biblical studies. Each of the facts is richly illustrated, in color, with relevant Christian art works from over the centuries which adds to the reader's pleasure.
  • Long Shot
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A debased portrayal of human sexuality and relentlessly vulgar dialogue make the tasteless romantic comedy "Long Shot" (Lionsgate) unsuitable for all. Those moviegoers wise enough to steer clear of it will also spare themselves the shrill political commentary that runs through director Jonathan Levine's film, scripted by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah.
  • Election 2013: Book looks behind the scenes of conclave
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The cardinals participating in a conclave to elect a pope take a very solemn vow of secrecy regarding what occurs in the Sistine Chapel, including anything "directly or indirectly related to the results of the voting."
  • 'Chernobyl,' May 6, HBO
    NEW YORK (CNS) — On April 26, 1986, a core meltdown took place at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union). The result was one of the 20th century's worst manmade catastrophes.
  • The Intruder
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A routine thriller for most of its running time, director Deon Taylor's "The Intruder" (Screen Gems) becomes increasingly trashy before ending with the justification of a profoundly immoral act in which viewers are meant to revel.
  • 2018 Triple Crown winner relies on Catholic faith
     Jockey Mike Smith, a Catholic who rode Justify last year to a Triple Crown victory, prays before every race, but he doesn't pray to win.
  • UglyDolls
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "UglyDolls" (STX) call to mind that age-old saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." They’re based on a line of plush toys that are deliberately designed not to be among the fairest of them all. Lumpy and misshapen, missing eyes and teeth, UglyDolls teach children to look beyond the superficial for inner loveliness and true goodness.
  • El Chicano
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A masked vigilante prowls the dark, mean streets of the inner city, fighting crime and defending the defenseless. He's a potent symbol of hope and fear, a legend in his lifetime.
  • The Lego Movie 2 Videogame