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  • Artist deepens faith by painting portraits for those suffering sudden loss
    INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — D. Anne Jones knew she wanted to use her gift of painting portraits to help others in some way.
  • Wisconsin Franciscan sisters religiously cheer on their Green Bay Packers
    MANITOWOC, Wis. (CNS) — On the far west side of Manitowoc, atop a hill overlooking picturesque Silver Lake, sits the historic Holy Family Convent.

    Motherhouse to the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, its hallowed halls, accented with reverent artworks, are serene and hushed.
  • A look at the Top 10 best movies overall and best family films of 2021
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The year just past saw the film industry tentatively working its way back from the nearly paralyzed state into which it had been thrown by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 'As We See It,' Jan. 21, Amazon Prime
    NEW YORK (CNS) — An estimated 5.4 million American adults live on the autism spectrum. Television programming has gradually come to reflect this reality.
  • Art education endures
    Students at St. James School here continue to master art techniques as part of their studies.
  • Monthly list of recent film ratings (January 2022)
    NEW YORK — Here is a list of recent films that Catholic News Service has rated on the basis of moral suitability.
  • 'Scream'
    Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery. But in the case of a masked, knife-wielding maniacal murderer, perhaps the compliment is better left unpaid.
  • 'Hotel Transylvania: Transformania'
    "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" (Amazon) -- the fourth installment in the animated franchise, primarily populated by iconic figures from classic horror films, that kicked off in 2012 -- conceals no threatening fangs.
  • Icons on display in Toledo
    A museum is offering a display of sacred icons in a 19th century schoolhouse here.
  • TV program notes — week of Jan. 23, 2022
    "Not Going Quietly." Filmmaker Nicholas Bruckman's documentary profiles Ady Barkan, whose life was upended when he was diagnosed with ALS at age 32.
  • TV film fare — week of Jan. 23, 2022
    The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Jan. 23. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
  • 'Bloods,' streaming, Hulu
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Bloods," a comedy series about London paramedics that debuted on the British premium channel Sky One in May, is now available on Hulu. Belabored and in questionable taste, the show airs in six half-hour episodes.
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A reliably safe franchise gets a freshly polished addition with the release of "Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl" (Nintendo). An update of two titles for the Nintendo DS launched back in 2006, this double revamp is suitable for all.
  • 'The Larkins,' streaming, Acorn TV
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Adapted from the popular novel "The Darling Buds of May" by H.E. Bates, the rollicking English period comedy "The Larkins" is, for the most part, a lark.
  • The 355
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Who needs one James Bond when you can have five Jane Bonds? That's the premise behind "The 355" (Universal), an entertaining thriller featuring a quintet of lady spies.
  • TV film fare — week of Jan. 9
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Jan. 9. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
  • TV program notes — week of Jan. 9
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of Jan. 9 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
  • The King's Man
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Those old enough to have lived through the disco era may recall a song by the pop group Boney M. the refrain of which began: "Ra, Ra, Rasputin/Lover of the Russian queen."
  • American Underdog
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Cheerful as a dance floor boot scoot and livelier than a touchdown drive, the sports-themed, faith-tinged biopic "American Underdog" (Lionsgate) goes light on matters of religion, focusing instead on the steep challenge of building a career in the NFL.
  • St. Luke Production of Tolton
    Tolton: From Slave to Priest is being hosted Jan. 10-15, by three churches, a retreat center, and a Catholic high school.
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