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May 17, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. By turns lyrical and moving, “Tolkien” (PG-13, 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.
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April 5, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The hard-hitting, fact-based drama “Unplanned” (R, Pure Flix) dares its viewers to confront the reality of what happens when a baby is aborted.

That’s an effective strategy on the part of co-writers and directors Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, not least because the peculiar institution of our day thrives on  concealment, muddled thinking and Orwellian euphemisms. But it also means that this emotionally unsparing film is not for the casual moviegoer of any age.


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A Time to Heal: Colorado dioceses, attorney general launch initiatives to address abuse

Colorado dioceses will undergo independent records review
March 1, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, THE COLORADO CATHOLIC HERALD
DENVER. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, on behalf of the bishops of Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses, joined Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser at a news conference Feb. 19 to announce several measures to address child sex abuse, including an independent review of records on abuse claims from the three dioceses.
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February 1, 2019  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in “The Kid Who Would Be King” (PG, Fox), a thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world.
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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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