“Rock Dog” (Summit Premiere)

Animated characters Bodi, voiced by Luke Wilson and Angus Scattergood, voiced by Eddie Lzzard, star in a scene from the movie "Rock Dog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service High in the Himalayas, a Tibetan Mastiff (voice of Luke Wilson) dreams of becoming a musician in this feeble animated comedy, directed and co-written by Ash Bannon. The eponymous canine persuades his father (voice of J.K. Simmons) and the village elder (voice of Sam Elliott) to let him seek his destiny […]

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“Get Out” (Universal)

Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams star in a scene from the movie "Get Out." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Clever social commentary adds heft to this thriller from writer-director Jordan Peele. During a weekend visit to the country estate of his white live-in girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford), whom he has never met before, a black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) becomes increasingly unsettled by the peculiar behavior […]

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“Fist Fight” (Warner Bros.)

Charlie Day and Ice Cube star in a scene from the movie "Fist Fight." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Misbegotten comedy that attempts to wring laughs out of its bitter sneering at various forms of human degradation. Director Richie Keen and screenwriters Van Robichaux and Evan Susser have constructed this unpleasant mess as a series of dirty jokes. On the last day of the academic year at a crumbling Atlanta […]

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“The Great Wall” (Universal)

Matt Damon stars in a scene from the movie "The Great Wall." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Those seeking nothing more from a movie than sheer spectacle may be satisfied with this visually interesting but thoroughly implausible action adventure from director Zhang Yimou. Drawn by the wealth they could gain by introducing gunpowder into the West, two medieval European mercenaries (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) arrive in China, […]

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“A Cure for Wellness” (Fox)

Dane DeHaan stars in a scene from the movie "A Cure for Wellness." 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 Creepy, but otherwise pointless horror exercise in which a Wall Street business executive (Dane DeHaan) is dispatched to a Swiss spa to convince a higher-ranking colleague (Harry Groener) who has mysteriously decided to remain there permanently that he must instead return to headquarters to sign off on a big pending merger. […]

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‘Kindness campaign’ part of National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14

Billboards featuring an image of a homeless person being handed a cup of coffee will be displayed n six communities from the Quad Cities and Clinton, Iowa, to La Crosse, Wisconsin as part of the "Kindness campaign." (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — “Kindness: Get in the Habit” is the theme for a campaign that will be shared on billboards, in movie theater ads, through social media and in Catholic school classrooms during March in celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week. The fourth annual observance is March 8-14. The initiative is sponsored by the Catholic […]

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Trivia night to benefit St. Mary’s, Pontiac, student diagnosed with brain tumor

Jonathan Becker

PONTIAC — A trivia night to benefit a fifth-grader at St. Mary School here who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary Parish hall. Jonathan Becker, the son of Matt and Marie Becker, was diagnosed in January and is currently undergoing […]

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Morton parish donates clothing to give fresh start to those released from prison

Chrissy Ropp hands a bag of men's clothing to Sue D'Amore before the 9:30 a.m. Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Morton on Feb. 12. The parish collected clothing Feb. 11-12 for use by outgoing parolees and releases from the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — The prison gate opens and you re-enter society after a lengthy incarceration. The adjustment is going to be difficult enough with no money, perhaps no home, and no transportation. But because of the generosity of members of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, men released from the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton can […]

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Holy Cross, Champaign teacher, award recipient, sees value in Catholic Scouting

Anthony Frasca, assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 9 of Holy Cross in Champaign and a Bronze Pelican recipient, is shown with Scouts Anthony Frasca Jr., Jack Williamson and Forrester Coleman during the troop's recent ski outing to Wisconsin. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Anthony Frasca wasn’t involved in Scouting as a youth and had never been camping when he got involved as another way to spend time with his son, also named Anthony. That was seven years ago. Both Anthonys kept going and now spend more than 20 nights a year outside under the stars — […]

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Scouting helps all become ‘givers and servers,’ says bishop at annual Mass

Bishop Jenky shakes the hand of Michael Targos of Troop 156 after presenting the Pope Pius XII medal to him at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus wants us to hold nothing back, but to give all we have — talents, skills, enthusiasm and especially our heart — for the glory of God, and Scouting can help people of all ages to do that, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria Feb. 12 for […]

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