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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (Fox)

Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Giancarlo Esposito star in a scene from the movie "Maze Runner: The Death Cure." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service In this adaptation of the third and final novel in James Dashner’s sci-fi trilogy, the story of a band of teens and their fearless leader (Dylan O’Brien) fighting evil in post-apocalyptic world comes to a noisy and violent conclusion. The gang seeks to liberate their peers from tortuous experiments conducted by a […]

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‘Distinguished’ Nauvoo teacher honored for work she has never considered a job

Connie Lake works on math equations with sixth-grader Clair Powelson in her combined fifth- and sixth-grade classroom at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Nauvoo. She said she hopes the students learn to believe in themselves and become committed leaders for Christ by the time they go on to junior high school. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NAUVOO — Connie Lake is a lifelong teacher. Even as a child, the Nauvoo native taught her younger brother and two younger sisters at home, and assisted the special education teacher while attending Nauvoo-Colusa High School. This year marks Lake’s 35th anniversary as a classroom teacher, with all of those years spent at her alma […]

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“I, Tonya” (Neon)

By Catholic News Service At no point is it clear whether the filmmakers are sympathetic to the plight of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) or just want to make fun of the skater and the peculiar, fleeting nature of fame. Instead, director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers present a coarsening, numbing […]

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“Phantom Thread” (Focus)

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps star in a scene from the movie"Phantom Thread." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service All silk, organza, lace and tulle in the first half and a bizarre portrayal of marriage in the second half. In this bumpy, bizarre trip through high fashion and passive-aggressive sniping in 1950s London, a high-society dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) inflicts emotional torture on his latest muse (Vicky Krieps) until she finds […]

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‘Bella’ producer Jason Jones tells Sanctity of Human Life Rally ‘we are so close’

Little Alexis Ryken of Pekin is taking her first pro-life walk around the Federal Courthouse in Peoria in the arms of her big sister Ashly. The walk preceded the Sanctity of Human Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life on Jan. 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jason Jones didn’t know abortion was legal when he found out he was going to be a father two days shy of his 17th birthday. Once the shock of the unplanned pregnancy passed, he made plans with his girlfriend, Katie, and started thinking about what he wanted to give this child. That dream was cut […]

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“Den of Thieves” (STX)

Maurice Compte and Gerard Butler star in a scene from the movie "Den of Thieves." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/STX Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service A morass of crass. Gerald Butler is a rogue and troubled Los Angeles police officer chasing after a hyper-violent crew of bank robbers who have, as their ultimate goal, the heretofore-unassailable Los Angeles Federal Reserve Bank from which they hope to “withdraw” $30 million in untraceable cash. Director Christian Gudegast, who […]

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“12 Strong” (Warner Bros.)

Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth, facing camera, star in a scene from the movie "12 Strong." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service True military adventures don’t come any more rousing than this. Chris Hemsworth plays a Green Beret captain leading a small Special Forces unit on horseback in rugged terrain in the early weeks of fighting in Afghanistan after 9/11. Director Nicolai Fuglsig, working from a script by Ted Tally and Peter Craig, […]

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Pilgrims from diocese celebrate, defend life at 2018 March for Life Chicago

A group from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal sings as they process up Dearborn Avenue with thousands of other participants in March for Life Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 14. Those pictured include, from left, Ayla Kibler, Hannah Carroll, Sister Silvia Maria, SCTJM, Maria Castiblanco, Noelle Ortega, Kristin Anderson, and Alex James. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CHICAGO — Pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria to March for Life Chicago on Jan. 14 knew the seriousness of their cause but also found ways on a sub-freezing January day to reflect the joy of their faith and belief that “Love Saves Lives.” Many of the 35 college students and staff from the St. […]

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‘Distinguished’ Monmouth pastor offers enrollment to every child who wants it

Msgr. Thomas Mack makes it a point to visit Immaculate Conception School, Monmouth, several times each day. Just being present to the principal, faculty and staff, and students is important, he said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MONMOUTH — While his official title is pastor, Msgr. Thomas Mack notes that he’s also a pretty good “horse trader” when it comes to getting students enrolled at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. “Don’t ever tell me you can’t afford Catholic education. I’ll get you in here,” he told The Catholic Post during a recent […]

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“Forever My Girl” (Roadside Attractions)

Abby Ryder Fortson, Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe star in a scene from the movie "Forever My Girl." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Gentle adaptation of Heidi McLaughlin’s romance novel has an aspiring country music star (Alex Roe) returning to his small Louisiana hometown when a high school classmate dies, only to learn that he has a 7-year-old daughter with his ex-fiancee. This forces him into finally making adult decisions. Writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf […]

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