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“The Circle” (STX)

Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Patton Oswalt star in a scene from the movie "The Circle." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STX Films)

By Catholic News Service Confused cautionary tale about a young office worker (Emma Watson) who is thrilled when a friend (Karen Gillan) gets her a job at the world’s leading social media company (led by founders Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt). But the corporate culture turns out to be unsettlingly cult-like and the outfit’s stated […]

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“Phoenix Forgotten” (Cinelou)

This is a scene from the movie "Phoenix Forgotten." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Allied Integrated Marketing)

By Catholic News Service Dull, though mostly harmless, sci-fi-themed horror tale in which, 20 years after they disappeared, the now-grown younger sister (Florence Hartigan) of one of a trio of teens (Luke Spencer Roberts, Chelsea Lopez and Justin Matthews) who vanished without a trace in the Arizona desert explores the connection between that event and […]

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‘Spectacular’ new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria is completed, blessed

Guests arrive for the April 26 celebration dinner and blessing ceremony for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After describing it with superlatives including “spectacular” and “beautiful,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed the newly completed St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria before a celebration dinner at the $4 million facility on April 26. “This is going to be an engine for all the things you do,” said Bishop Jenky of the 20,000-square-foot […]

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Fr. Thomas Shea dies at 80; remembered at funeral Mass as ‘advocate for the poor’

Father Thomas Shea

BLOOMINGTON — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 28 at St. Patrick Church of Merna here for Father Thomas S. Shea, 80, a former pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville who spent his retirement years in his hometown of Bloomington. Father Shea died on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Heritage Health in […]

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“Born in China” (Disney)

A giant panda and her cub appear in the adventure movie "Born in China." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Directed and co-written by Lu Chuan, and narrated by John Krasinski, this entry in the Disneynature series rests on the tried and true premise that critters in the wild act just like humans when no one is (supposedly) watching. Animals are given names and personalities; complex family relationships are mapped; and […]

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“The Promise” (Open Road)

Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale star in a scene from the movie "The Promise." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service The relatively little-known 1915-22 genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks is brought into sharp focus in this epic drama. Director and co-writer (with Robin Swicord) Terry George melds an important history lesson with a tender love story. In 1914 Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), an idealistic medical student (Oscar Isaac) falls […]

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“Unforgettable” (Warner Bros.)

Katherine Heigl and Geoff Stults star in a scene from the movie "Unforgettable." 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 Feverish domestic drama in which an obsessive ex-wife (Katherine Heigl) conspires against her former husband’s (Geoff Stults) fiancee (Rosario Dawson), eventually framing her rival for murder. Director Denise Di Novi keeps the pot boiling but, together with screenwriter Christina Hodson, throws in some unsavory and gratuitous ingredients that limit the appeal […]

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“Free Fire” (A24)

Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley star in a scene from the movie "Free Fire." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/courtesy of A24)

By Catholic News Service The premise of this action comedy is that a single extended gunfight can sustain an entire film, provided the participants in the showdown keep making incongruously funny and mordant remarks. The setup involves a deal to buy assault rifles that quickly goes bad. So the two sides — represented, most prominently, […]

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Chicago cardinal praises Gov. Rauner’s ‘principled stand’ to veto abortion bill

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago is seen in Chicago April 4. He praised Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto a bill that would use public funds for abortion. (CNS/Karen Callaway)

By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken a “principled stand” by promising to veto a bill to allow taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Under the bill pending in the state General Assembly, the public money […]

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Father, son in Lincoln among 163 in diocese baptized during Easter Vigil

After years of searching for answers, Matt Bidwell's journey of faith brought him to the font at Holy Family Church in Lincoln, where he was baptized by Father Jeffrey Laible at the Easter Vigil on April 15. His son Roman, who was baptized next, looks on at right. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LINCOLN — Matthew Bidwell finds it difficult to talk about himself, but there was no need for words after his baptism during the Easter Vigil at Holy Family Church last Saturday night. The smile on his face said it all. It soon communicated itself to his son Roman, who was the next to have holy […]

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