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“Rules Don’t Apply” (Fox)

Warren Beatty stars in a scene from the movie "Rules Don't Apply." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service A small-town beauty queen and aspiring actress (Lily Collins) becomes one of the many fetching would-be stars summoned to 1950s Hollywood by eccentric RKO Pictures owner Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty, who also wrote and directed). Like her peers, she’s housed in style and assigned a chauffeur (Alden Ehrenreich), part of whose […]

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“Moana” (Disney)

Characters are shown in a scene from the animated movie "Moana." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service The eponymous heroine of Disney’s 56th animated film is a spunky Polynesian princess (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) who seeks not a boyfriend but a grand adventure on the high seas. Racing against time, she must join forces with a demigod (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to vanquish evil and restore the natural […]

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“Allied” (Paramount)

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in a scene from the movie "Allied." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Daniel Smith, Paramount)

By Catholic News Service In this World War II romantic drama from director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Steven Knight, a Canadian wing commander (Brad Pitt) and a French resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) with a murky past pretend to be husband and wife as part of an espionage operation before falling in love for real and […]

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St. Mary, Pontiac students finding JOY in “mercy missions” of serving others

Carrington Gray, a sixth-grader at St. Mary School in Pontiac, waits while cranberry sauce is added to two of the 700 meals that will be served to patrons of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria for the annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Teacher Amelia Misiak brought 17 students and five chaperones on the "mercy mission" Nov. 17. (The Catholic Post)

Thanksgiving dinner may look a little different to the sixth-graders at St. Mary School in Pontiac after serving turkey with all the trimmings to patrons at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria last week. Leading a life of JOY will do that. “John Paul II has a quote, ‘Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere […]

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Canton church damaged by deadly natural gas explosion; Masses relocated

Communion is distributed during the 8 a.m. Mass in the St. Mary Parish Center in Canton on Sunday, Nov. 20. Masses will take place in the center while repairs are made to St. Mary Church, which suffered damage from the Nov. 16 natural gas explosion that did widespread damage in downtown Canton. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CANTON — The deadly natural gas explosion that rocked the downtown square of this Fulton County community on Nov. 16 has also temporarily knocked the faith community of St. Mary Parish out of their damaged church, located just a block east of the blast site. “The good thing is we have somewhere to be,” said […]

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Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes with closing of Holy Doors around diocese

Msgr. Stanley Deptula, rector of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, uses a gavel to knock three times on the Holy Door there, ritually sealing it "until the next Jubilee." With this action, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, brought the Jubilee Year of Mercy to an end in the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  Commanding the rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Msgr. Stanley Deptula, to seal the Holy Door there, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, brought to a close the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Peoria. Walking to the main interior door of the cathedral, Msgr. Deptula used a gavel to knock on it three […]

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Teaching truth is an expression of love, mercy writes Bishop Jenky in “Choice”

The “greatest possible expression of Christian mercy” the Catholic Church can offer a contemporary culture that celebrates unrestrained personal choice is to “boldly preach the truth, in season and out of season,” according to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. “The first and greatest truth to which we must always give persistent witness is that Jesus […]

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Warner Bros.)

Katherine Waterston, Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler star in a scene from the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Special effects predominate over human interaction in this fantasy written by “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling. Set in 1926 New York, it follows the stateside adventures of a Hogwarts alumnus (Eddie Redmayne) who specializes in studying and preserving the creatures of the title. When the magical suitcase he uses to transport […]

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“The Edge of Seventeen” (STX)

Haley Lu Richardson and Blake Jenner star in a scene from the movie "The Edge of Seventeen." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/STX Productions)

By Catholic News Service There’s a strong whiff of exploitation about this comedic portrait of an exceptionally foul-mouthed 17-year-old high school student (Hailee Steinfeld) who’s obsessed with sex and eventually finds herself a situation that may make viewers wonder who the target audience for this movie really is. Still grieving the untimely death of her […]

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“Bleed for This” (Open Road)

Ciaran Hinds, Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart star in a scene from the movie "Bleed For This." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Fact-based boxing drama about Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza (Miles Teller), a lightweight champ from Cranston, Rhode Island, who mounted an incredible comeback after breaking his neck outside the ring in the late 1980s. Using a spare script and unadorned visual style, writer-director Ben Younger boils the story down to its essentials, […]

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