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December 7, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13, Warner Bros.) is sharper and more engaging, though defects remain.The sequel is suitable for a wide audience since the mayhem is free of gore and the basic values congruent with scriptural ones. At least for those paying careful attention, however, a single line of dialogue may raise parental concerns.
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November 16, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has proven a remarkably rich bit of source material since its initial publication in 1816.
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October 19, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” (GVN) is a powerful dramatization of the Philadelphia police investigation and state prosecution that finally ended the infamous, decades-long career of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
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Great Encounter - Attendees return from Encuentro hopeful, eager to share gifts

V Encuentro celebrates, challenges Hispanic Catholics
October 5, 2018  |  By NORMA MONTENEGRO FLYNN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. Fifth National Encuentro participants returned to their dioceses and parishes with many challenges and hopes. Among them, they were called to share their gifts and reach out across race and language barriers in their own parish and diocesan communities; at the same time, they also urged the rest of non-Hispanic Catholics to recognize their presence and open doors to their gifts and contributions.


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August 17, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. It’s always dangerous to tamper with perfection. And, if there were ever a perfect world, it must be that of the Winnie the Pooh literature created by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard in the 1920s.
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Speaking to Knights of Columbus, Ukrainian archbishop says country still needs aid

‘Frozen conflict’ has caused humanitarian crisis in Ukraine
August 17, 2018  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
BALTIMORE. Since 2014, Ukraine “has been a victim of relentless military aggression” and suffered countless human tragedies, but now the media’s attention has shifted away from the country to other conflict zones, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said in an address in Baltimore.
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August 3, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. Tom Cruise’s by-now iconic American agent Ethan Hunt is at the top of his game in the engrossing espionage sequel “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” (PG-13, Paramount).

Despite extensive, though mostly restrained, action and the eventual showcasing of Hunt’s fraught marital situation, at least some parents may deem this thrill ride of a film acceptable for older teens.
Despite extensive, though mostly restrained, action and the eventual showcasing of Hunt’s fraught marital situation, at least some parents may deem this thrill ride of a film acceptable for older teens.


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June 15, 2018  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. The first family of superheroes returns in “Incredibles 2” (PG, Disney), the highly anticipated sequel to a much-loved 2004 animated film.
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Public comment period now open for proposed Protect Life Rule for Title X

Protect Life Rule aims to stop abortion funding
June 15, 2018  |  By STEVE LARKIN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. The public comment period on the Protect Life Rule, a proposed revision to Title X regulations, opened June 1 and will close July 31.

The Office of Population Affairs, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the Title X Family Planning Program.


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May 4, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. Strong pro-life values are embedded in the towering, richly complex Marvel Comics-based adventure “Avengers: Infinity War” (PG-13, Disney). While this often-dazzling, sometimes-dizzying epic is safest for grown-ups, its positive moral lessons may lead at least some parents to deem it acceptable for older teens as well.
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March 17, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Director Ava DuVernay’s youth-oriented fantasy film “A Wrinkle in Time” (PG, Disney) wants to blow your mind.

Whether it succeeds will largely depend on your reaction to the sight of a giant version of Oprah Winfrey who, as a celestial guide called Mrs. Which, dispenses New Age-style bromides while dressed in an outfit suitable for a Valkyrie and sporting a makeup job the late female impersonator Divine might have found a bit garish.


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March 2, 2018  |  By MARK PATTISON, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. Every story has a message within. So does every movie — and every biblically based movie as well.

With the new movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” Eric Groth, one of the film’s executive producers, said, “It was real important to tell the story of God’s mercy.”


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February 16, 2018  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, KATIE SCOTT

PORTLAND, Ore. The marriage appeared severed. It was a mess of miscommunication, heartbreak and a broken vow. They’d contacted divorce lawyers and he’d moved out. Her friends encouraged her to dump him.

“Our marriage was in a crisis that we couldn’t overcome ourselves,” said Carol McMenamin, 63.


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February 2, 2018  |  By KURT JENSEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. True military adventures don’t come any more rousing than “12 Strong” (R, Warner Bros.), the story of a tiny Special Forces unit that won a significant early victory against both the Taliban and al-Qaida in the weeks after 9/11.
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