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December 6, 2019  |  By KURT JENSEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “Ford v Ferrari” (PG-13, Fox) revels in its 1960s gender stereotypes, evoking a “Great Man” age of auto racers in which the men were men and the women glad of it.

The historical truth of that is, of course, far more complex. But this film doesn’t try to justify old inequalities. Ties and lapels are skinny, tires squeal, engines roar, vintage sunglasses are everywhere — and death lurks around every sharp turn. It’s a groaning board of vroom-vroom cliches, but told without cynicism, and with some moral core to the principal characters.


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November 15, 2019  |  By SISTER HOSEA RUPPRECHT, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “Arctic Dogs” (PG, AMBI Group) serves up family-friendly fare, scoring high on the cuteness meter despite its lack of originality.

The little ones will love Swifty (voice of Jeremy Renner). He’s a fox who always dreamed of being top dog for the Arctic Blast Delivery Service (ABDS).


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November 1, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The moral probing and feminist revisionism that characterized its 2014 predecessor are mostly absent from the routine follow-up “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (PG, Disney). So much so, that ethical straightforwardness makes its title seem somewhat misleading.


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November 1, 2019  |  By JULIE ASHER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. A final report on the findings of an independent review of clergy abuse cases in Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses from 1950 to 2019 shows that 166 children were abused by 43 priests statewide. Released Oct. 23, the report found that at least 127 children were victimized by 22 priests in the Denver Archdiocese; at least 36 children were victimized by 19 priests in the Pueblo Diocese; and at least three children were victimized by two priests in the Colorado Springs Diocese. Nearly 90% of known incidents of abuse happened more than 40 years ago, and over 85% of those victims were abused in the 1960s and 1970s.


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October 18, 2019  |  By MARK PATTISON, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. A new film on the life of St. Faustina Kowalska, the Polish nun whose visions of Jesus led to the Divine Mercy devotion, will have a one-night-only showing Oct. 28 on more than 700 screens across the United States.

The 90-minute movie, “Love and Mercy: Faustina,” will also have some features about St. Faustina surrounding it, according to Marian Father Chris Alar, who is seen on-screen during the film.


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October 18, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DENVER. A Colorado Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program to compensate abuse survivors in the Denver Archdiocese and the Colorado Springs and Pueblo dioceses opened Oct. 7.

Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs and Bishop Stephen Berg of Pueblo each issued statements announcing the start of the program, which is independent of church control. It will be overseen by an independent board, chaired by former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown of Colorado.


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September 6, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Good personal values vie with relentless gory combat in “Angel Has Fallen” (R, Lionsgate). The result is an action sequel that’s too graphic for those seeking casual entertainment.


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August 16, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. As residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mourned the loss of 31 people in mass shootings Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, the Knights of Columbus honored a teen who died in May trying to save the lives of his classmates during a shooting at his suburban Denver high school.


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Survey shows majority of Catholics don’t believe in Real Presence

Pew survey reveals lack of knowledge of Church’s teaching on transubstantiation
August 16, 2019  |  By MARK PATTISON, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. A new study about the level of Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.


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August 16, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (PG, Fox 2000), an otherwise benign drama about a man and his dog, adapted from the novel by Garth Stein, is marred by a treatment of reincarnation that prevents endorsement of it for impressionable viewers.


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August 2, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. 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” (PG, Disney).


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July 5, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK.  Just how good are the hotshots behind “Toy Story 4” (G, Disney)? So good that, by the time the closing credits roll, moviegoers will likely feel more emotional connection to an animated spork than they have to the vast majority of live-action human characters they’ve ever seen on screen.


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July 5, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Seminarian Jason Paul Marshall from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe who lost his life in a bus crash in Colorado was “a humble man who deeply cared for others,” said Archbishop John Wester in a June 25 statement.

“Jason was a splendid and exemplary seminarian,” the archbishop said. “He always brightened our spirits and had a positive outlook on life. We will miss him very, very much. May he rest in peace.”


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June 21, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Lessons about overcoming fear and helping those in need are featured in “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (Universal).

Given that they come amid generally amusing antics that unfold at a lively pace, returning director Chris Renaud’s follow-up to his 2016 original rates as an entertaining cartoon suitable for all but the youngest kids.


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June 7, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG

NEW YORK. 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.

With “Aladdin” (PG, Disney), director and co-writer Guy Ritchie serves up a spirited live-action take on the same material. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable musical fantasy that’s suitable for a wide range of age groups.


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