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  • A vocabulary of belief: Redemption in Alice McDermott's 'Charming Billy'
    In a 2007 interview with the journal Image, author Alice McDermott shared her view on the sacramental in her work: "The idea of sacrament — an outward sign elevated into something else, the ordinary made into occasions of grace — is essential. It becomes a way of thinking about the world."
  • Longtime Catholic commentator looks back on many he's met
    One characteristic of a collection of elegies by a single author is that they reveal the writer's core beliefs — a prism through which the world is viewed and people are judged.
  • 'Starstruck,' streaming, HBO Max
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Many moviegoers fondly recall the popular 1999 romantic comedy "Notting Hill." The film charted the seemingly improbable relationship between regular bloke William Thacker (Hugh Grant), a London bookseller, and high-profile Hollywood actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts).
  • TV program notes — week of June 20
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of June 20 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
  • Luca
    NEW YORK (CNS) — While it does nothing to solve the perennial problem for real-life parents that obedient children rarely have adventures, director Enrico Casarosa's animated fantasy "Luca" (Disney+) is otherwise a winsome tale full of charm and Italian flair.
  • TV film fare — week of June 20
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of June 20. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations.
  • 'Us,' June 20, PBS
    NEW YORK (CNS) — British author David Nicholls has adapted his best-selling 2014 novel "Us" into a miniseries.
  • The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Needlessly gory, the action-comedy sequel "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" (Li-onsgate) also presents a debased view of sexual intimacy between spouses.
  • 'Loki,' streaming, Disney+
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Comic book characters never really die. Consider the titular protagonist of the Disney+ science-fiction series "Loki."
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Do-it-yourself demon fighters Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren are at it again in "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" (Warner Bros.).
  • Back in summer again
    From icons to music, berries and wild animals, summer 2021 promises adventure — online and in person. Here are staff picks for summer arts and entertainment, along with the closest places to attend Mass.
  • In the Heights
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda's award-winning 2008 Broadway hit "In the Heights" (Warner Bros.) comes to the big screen (and to HBO Max) in a sweeping adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu and scripted by the writer of the stage show's book, Quiara Alegría Hudes.
  • Mysteries, dragons, saints fill summer reading for Catholic youth
    The following books are suitable for summer reading.
  • A Father's Legacy
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The work of God's providence is central to the drama "A Father's Legacy" (Cinedigm), which comes to theaters for one night only June 17 as a Fathom Events presentation.
  • The year we all became bird-watchers: Writer Brian Doyle finds God in the birds
    One surprising note of the past year is how many of us got into bird-watching! I remember old sitcoms from my childhood where a bird-watcher was its very own special type of nerd. They wore khaki shorts, knee socks, a Park Ranger hat pulled all too low over their head and, of course, the ever-present pair of binoculars. Now as an adult, in the time of "corona," I want that outfit.
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The beloved characters created by Beatrix Potter in her series of children's books stray even further from their amiable roots in "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" (Columbia).
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The action-adventure role playing game "Mass Effect Legendary Edition" (Electronic Arts) is a masterpiece of narrative design.
    Yet seamy elements make it not only strictly grown-up fare but an option even adult players in search of casual entertainment may wish to avoid.
  • TV film fare — week of June 13
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of June 13. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
  • TV program notes — week of June 13
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of June 13 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
  • 'The Republic of Sarah,' June 14, The CW
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Ordinary people can do extraordinary things," proclaims the eponymous heroine (Stella Baker) of "The Republic of Sarah," an intriguing drama debuting on The CW Monday, June 14, 9-10 p.m. EDT. (The program will stream afterward on The CW app.)
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