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“Point Break” (Warner Bros.)

Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey star in a scene from the movie "Point Break." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Director Ericson Core’s remake of the 1991 crime adventure, which has bank-robbing extreme athletes in place of the original’s thieving surfers, comes to 3-D life whenever someone in the cast is skydiving, riding massive waves, zooming through the Alps in a wingsuit or clinging to the sheer face of a Venezuelan […]

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“The Big Short” (Paramount)

Christian Bale stars in a scene from the movie "The Big Short." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service The run-up to the financial crisis that began in 2007 provides the backdrop for director and co-writer Adam McKay’s ensemble dramatization — based on the real events recounted in Michael Lewis’ 2010 book — about a handful of individuals who foresaw the collapse of America’s housing market. Despite virtually universal opposition […]

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“Joy” (Fox)

Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez star in a scene from the movie "Joy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano, inventor of the self-wringing “Miracle Mop” and a cable television sensation, this madcap tale about a dysfunctional family hoping to hit the big time is written and directed by David O. Russell. Jennifer Lawrence plays the divorced mother of two who struggles mightily […]

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“Concussion” (Columbia)

Will Smith stars in a scene from the movie "Concussion." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Fact-based profile of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), the Nigerian-born, Pittsburgh-based coroner whose autopsy of a retired professional football player (David Morse) led to his discovery that repeated jolts to the brain, such as those sustained on the gridiron, can cause a degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. Together […]

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“The Hateful Eight” (Weinstein)

Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern star in a scene from the movie "The Hateful Eight." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Weinstein)

By Catholic News Service A sprawling, occasionally comic, hugely self-indulgent and long (183 minutes, including an intermission) vengeance tale best enjoyed only by Quentin Tarantino’s most ardent fans. When the characters, trapped in a rustic Wyoming hostelry in a blizzard, finish some of the dullest dialogue ever put on celluloid, they usually spring into unexpectedly […]

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“The Revenant” (Fox)

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a scene from the movie "The Revenant." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service A wilderness survival drama, directed and co-written by Alejandro Inarritu, based on the life of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), an explorer and fur trader in the American West of the 1820s. On an expedition up the Missouri River led by a military captain (Domhnall Gleeson), Glass is attacked by a grizzly […]

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Disney)

Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew, and Harrison Ford star in a scene from the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Disney)

By Catholic News Service After a 10-year hiatus, the iconic science-fiction franchise is rejuvenated courtesy of a lucid plot, abundant humor and the introduction of two dynamic new heroes: a young scavenger (Daisy Ridley) and a disaffected foot soldier (John Boyega) of the Dark Side. Together, they help Jedi warrior Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and […]

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Pope gives a handshake, life-lessons to Pueri Cantores Peoria youth singers

Members of the Peoria Affiliate of the Pueri Cantores ("child singers"), conducted by James Marck, were among 5,000 young people singing for the pope during an International Congress in Rome. (Provided photo)

Megan Tucker knew that she would be one of 5,000 young people singing for Pope Francis during the International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Rome after Christmas, but she got a souvenir she didn’t expect. At the opening ceremony the eight singers of the Pueri Cantores Peoria got separated from conductor James Marck and ended […]

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‘God had a plan’ for Majestic Italy choir, pilgrims throughout tour

The St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir and accompanying pilgrims on the "Majestic Italy" singing tour are shown outside St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. (Provided photo)

God had something special in mind for the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir and Mary Ann Fahey-Darling said because of it the 31 singers and their traveling companions reaped blessing after blessing during their musical pilgrimage to “Majestic Italy.” “God had a plan and it was so much bigger than us,” she told The […]

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Mass, holy hour with Bishop Jenky among prayerful pro-life events planned

The Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a pilgrimage to March for Life Chicago (shown in a 2015 file photo) on Sunday, Jan. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Activities during the coming week — including the March for Life in Chicago, the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. and a Mass in Peoria celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC — will keep people around central Illinois busy as they observe the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The Supreme Court decision, […]

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