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“Baby Driver” (TriStar)

Ansel Elgort and Lily James star in a scene from the movie "Baby Driver." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Stylish, high-octane crime drama in which an otherwise decent young man (Ansel Elgort) is forced to serve as the getaway driver in a series of bank robberies in order to pay off his debt to a callous mobster (Kevin Spacey). As he works with a variety of lowlifes (most prominently Jon […]

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“Transformers: The Last Knight” (Paramount)

Samuel Parker, Isabela Moner, Benjamin Flores Jr., Juliocesar Chavez and Daniel Iturriaga star in a scene from the movie "Transformers: The Last Knight." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Ponderous sci-fi action flick in which a small-time inventor (Mark Wahlberg) tries to save Earth from being destroyed in a collision with the home planet of a race of shape-shifting robots. Director Michael Bay’s film finds the evil sorceress (Gemma Chan) who created the automatons scheming to revive their dying orb by […]

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Deacon Jack Gaetz dies at 84; funeral Mass is Thursday in Germantown Hills

Deacon Dale H. "Jack" Gaetz

GERMANTOWN HILLS –A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of Lourdes Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, for Deacon Dale H. “Jack” Gaetz, who last month marked 25 years as a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Peoria. Deacon Gaetz, who served at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish and held […]

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“All Eyez on Me” (Summit)

Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Kat Graham star in a scene from the movie "All Eyez on Me." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Codeblack Films)

By Catholic News Service Radical politics and the wayward values of hip-hop culture take this sometimes intense but overlong and rarely insightful biography of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) off course. Born into a family of Black Panther activists — Danai Gurira turns in a powerful performance as his mother, Afeni — the future […]

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“47 Meters Down” (Entertainment Studios)

Matthew Modine, Claire Holt and Mandy Moore star in a scene from the movie "47 Meters Down." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures)

By Catholic News Service While vacationing in Mexico, two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) go shark diving in an iron cage. But the cable holding the enclosure snaps, and they plummet to the seabed at the depth of the title. Director and co-writer Johannes Roberts’ claustrophobic, nerve-racking thriller, which is plausible enough to be […]

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“Rough Night” (Columbia)

Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Illana Grazer star in a scene from the movie "Rough Night." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Raunchy comedy in which a bride-to-be (Scarlett Johansson) and four of her best friends (most prominently Jillian Bell and Kate McKinnon) find their wild bachelorette weekend in Miami marred by the accidental death of the stripper (Ryan Cooper) they hired to add to the fun of getting drunk and high. From […]

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“The Lovers” (A24)

Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star in a scene from the movie "The Lovers." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/A24)

By Catholic News Service To the extent that a thoughtful drama about marital infidelity can be considered lyrical, writer-director Azazel Jacobs has achieved that. He carefully structures his plot to minimize any gaping holes in logic. But he also downplays the extensive collateral damage adultery inflicts. Lacking a steady moral compass, his characters are buffeted […]

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“Cars 3” (Disney)

This is a scene from the movie "Cars 3." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service In this installment of the family-friendly animated franchise, some of the anthropomorphic automobiles featured in the earlier films are joined by a fleet of new characters sure to please young viewers. A veteran race car (voice of Owen Wilson) is eclipsed by a new generation of faster vehicles, led by a […]

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Msgr. Bliss reflects on 21 years of ‘calming life storms’ as hospital chaplain

This week Msgr. Michael Bliss ended 21 years in the pastoral care department of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria to begin new duties as pastor of St. Edward Parish in Chillicothe. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Msgr. Michael Bliss doesn’t remember the name of the staff chaplain who comforted him when his father died more than 30 years ago, but he can still see the man’s face and remember the words he heard as he grieved. That calming, prayerful presence in good times and in bad is the legacy he hopes […]

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Daughter captures prizewinning image of mother, 103, with visitor Sr. Norberta

No words are necessary to recognize the bond between Sister Norberta Piekos and Anna Pomatto, 103, a resident of Aperion Care Spring Valley. This photo, taken by Anna's daughter, Ann, won first prize in the "People, Events, and Everyday Life" category of a photo contest sponsored by Spring Valley Boosters. (Provided photo/Ann Pomatto)

SPRING VALLEY — When Sister Norberta Piekos visited nursing home resident Anna Pomatto a few days after her 103rd birthday, Mrs. Pomatto’s daughter, Ann, thought to ask the pastoral care worker from the LaSalle Catholic Parishes to pose with her for a selfie. “Sister comes and visits very faithfully,” recalled Ann. But Sister Norberta had […]

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