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March for Life Chicago draws 5,000; inspires Diocese of Peoria participants

The group that traveled to Chicago on the bus sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria marches north on Dearborn Street as March for Life Chicago gets under way. At right is Shirley Plaag, coordinator of the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation, who organized the pilgrimage. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — Despite the seriousness of the issue of abortion, it was the determination to celebrate life that drew 5,000 people to Federal Plaza here Jan. 15 for March for Life Chicago. Their cheers were met by words of gratitude from the speakers — including Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, and […]

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Honoring my Father: a son’s moving tribute to columnist Jerry Klein

Jerry Klein his late wife, Mary, and their children are pictured at a 2012 family gathering. With their parents are, from left, Barb, Jim, Marilou, Lisa, Jerry, Jeanne and Jeff. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: While Catholic Post columnist Jerry Klein, who observed his 90th birthday on Dec. 19, was hospitalized over the holidays, his son Jerry Klein Jr. submitted this tribute column to his father as well as to the virtues of fatherhood. We are grateful to both father and son, and wish our beloved columnist and […]

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“Sleepless” (Open Road)

Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx star in a scene from the movie "Sleepless." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Based on the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche” (“Sleepless Night”), this tense thriller, directed by Baran bo Odar, involves a complex game of cat-and-mouse between the police and drug dealers on the mean streets of Las Vegas. An internal affairs investigator (Michelle Monaghan) suspects two fellow cops — played by Jaime […]

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“Patriots Day” (Lionsgate)

Mark Wahlberg stars in a scene from the movie "Patriots Day." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/CBS Films)

By Catholic News Service Effective but unsparing dramatization of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath. Director and co-writer Peter Berg approaches these events from multiple perspectives, predominantly that of fictional police Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), who is among the first responders to the chaos unleashed by brothers Tamerlan (Themo Melikidze) and […]

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“Live by Night” (Warner Bros.)

Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck star in a scene from the movie "Live by Night." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Style trumps substance in this glossy crime drama tracing the rise of a Boston-bred gangster (Ben Affleck, who also wrote and directed) in the Florida of the 1920s and ’30s. After a near-fatal conflict with the Irish-American kingpin (Robert Glenister) with whose girlfriend (Sienna Miller) he was having an affair, he […]

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“Monster Trucks” (Paramount)

Jane Levy and Lucas Till star in a scene from the movie "Monster Trucks." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service This action comedy certainly lives up to its title since it revolves around strange creatures mysteriously propelling utilitarian vehicles in the absence of an internal combustion engine. A North Dakota high school senior (Lucas Till), wanting nothing more than the independence that will come with his own set of wheels, has […]

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“A Monster Calls” (Focus)

Lewis MacDougall confronts The Monster, voiced by Liam Neeson, in the movie "A Monster Calls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Uncompromisingly dark melodrama about an adolescent British boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling to cope with a variety of problems, the most dramatic being his mother’s (Felicity Jones) impending death from cancer. Coming to his “rescue” is a benevolent giant (voice of Liam Neeson) formed from the bark and roots of the local […]

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“Underworld: Blood Wars” (Screen Gems)

Kate Beckinsale stars in a scene from the movie "Underworld: Blood Wars." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service The bloodletting eventually goes off the charts in director Anna Foerster’s fifth installment in an action-horror franchise that reaches back to 2003’s “Underworld.” Along the way to its grisly conclusion, the film recounts the latest travails of the series’ recurring main character (Kate Beckinsale), a skilled warrior now alienated from both […]

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“Hidden Figures” (Fox 2000)

Janelle Monae stars in a scene from the movie "Hidden Figures." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Appealing fact-based drama about an extraordinarily gifted mathematician (Taraji P. Henson) working for NASA in the early 1960s. As she and two equally brilliant colleagues (Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae) who are also her close friends battle racism and segregation, she gradually wins the respect of her well-meaning but initially unenlightened […]

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“La La Land” (Lionsgate)

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in a scene from the movie "La La Land." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Inspired by the musicals of Hollywood’s golden age, this comedy-drama set in present-day Los Angeles chronicles the gooey romance of two star-crossed lovers: an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling). She wants to be a movie star, while he hopes to open his own club. The path […]

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