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Movie review: The Age of Adaline

Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively star in a scene from the movie "The Age of Adaline." (CNS photo/Lionsgate) Posted on April 24th, 2015

Glossy proceedings follow on a silly premise in the serviceable romantic drama “The Age of Adaline” (Lionsgate).


Slim volume offers amazing depth in look at history of Jesuits

Posted on April 24th, 2015

Cover of 'The Jesuits: A History From Ignatius to the Present'With the 2013 election of history’s first Jesuit pope, interest mounted exponentially in the now-worldwide Society of Jesus that St. Ignatius Loyola, with nine friends, founded in the 16th century.


Good deeds of ‘Little Boy’ lead to warm family film

Jakob Salvati and Eduardo Verastegui star in a scene from the movie "Little Boy." (CNS photo/Open Road) Posted on April 23rd, 2015

An undersized, bullied boy learns the corporal works of mercy and how to overcome racial hatred in 1940s California in a new film with positive portrayals of Catholic life.


New film dramatizes Irish woman’s work with Vietnamese orphans

Deirdre O'Kane, with children, stars in a scene from the movie "Noble." The film, which will debut on 150 screens nationwide May 8, tells the story of an Irish woman with an indomitable spirit who years after raising her own children went to Vietnam to help orphans. (CNS photo/Aspiration Media) Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Deirdre O’Kane said it took six years from idea to finished form to tell the story of Christina Noble, who has spent the past 26 years in Vietnam helping the nation’s orphans and abandoned children.


Movie review: True Story

James Franco and Felicity Jones star in a scene from the movie "True Story."  (CNS photo/Fox) Posted on April 23rd, 2015

Crime and punishment are at the heart of “True Story” (Fox), a detailed dissection of a real-life murder case.


If a friend invites you to ‘Unfriended,’ click ‘unfriend’

Shelley Henning stars in a scene from the movie "Unfriended." (CNS photo/Universal) Posted on April 21st, 2015

Lost somewhere in the gore of this silly, 82-minute teen horror film is a potentially valuable message about the harmful effects of online harassment.


In ‘Woman in Gold,’ a journey of art, journey of heart

Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Daniel Bruhl star in a scene from the movie "Woman in Gold." (CNS photo/Weinstein) Posted on April 15th, 2015

The “last prisoners of World War II” — famous paintings stolen from persecuted Jews by the Nazis — await justice and release in the new film starring Helen Mirren.


Tough choice for ‘Longest Ride': Love the rodeo or the cowboy?

Posted on April 10th, 2015

Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood star in a scene from the movie "The Longest Ride." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Fox) See MOVIE REVIEW (EMBARGOED) April 8, 2015.The home-on-the-range soap opera film has some humor, some questionable morality and some lush horse-country scenes.


Book’s promised look at future under Francis fails to materialize

Posted on April 10th, 2015

This is the cover of "The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis" by Garry Wills. The book is reviewed by Kathleen Finley. (CNS) See BOOK-FUTURE April 10, 2015.In a book purporting to take a long-range view on where the church may be headed with Pope Francis, the author almost never mentions him until the epilogue.


Author of Neuhaus book calls priest ‘distinctive, often controversial’

Posted on April 1st, 2015

Cover of 'Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square'Father Richard John Neuhaus was many things, among them “a theologian, an intellectual, an activist, an ecumenist, a writer,” said the author of a new biography of the late priest who hopes his book will be the definitive volume on his life.


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