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“Red Sparrow” (Fox)

Jennifer Lawrence stars in a scene from the movie "Red Sparrow." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Gruesome violence and gratuitous sexual content ruin this otherwise engaging espionage thriller. Disabled in an onstage accident, a Russian ballet star (Jennifer Lawrence) is recruited by her uncle (Matthias Schoenaerts), a highly placed and ruthless intelligence official, to train as a seductress of foreign agents in a school (run by Charlotte […]

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State champions! Schlarman Academy girls let their light shine, big time

The state champion Schlarman Hilltoppers, coaches, cheerleaders, and school officials pose on the floor of Redbird Arena in Normal after the team rolled past Stockton 53-31 on Saturday to win the IHSA Class 1A girls basketball title. In the front row, from left, are cheerleaders Sarah Switzer, Sarah Lukas, Winne Zheng, Jayden King, Jessalyn Gonzalez, Regina Hinkle, Tamara Kriening, and Ainslee Johnson; second row, from left, are athletic director Phil Sexton and players Janiah Newell, Destiny Dye, Anaya Peoples, and Sydney Gouard; third row, from left, are players Suzet Sermersheim, Cece Damilano, McKaylee Allen, Emma Bogen, Ana Fitzgerald, Tannah Ceader, Capria Brown, Elizabeth Stimac, and Father Bowan Schmitt, chaplain; back row, from left, assistant coach OJ Harrison, head coach Keith Peoples, assistant coaches Jerry O’Neill, LaTana Lillard, David Gouard Jr., and Mollie DeBord, and Gail Lewis, principal. (Provided photo/David Calkins, Schlarman Academy)

DANVILLE — The girls high school basketball team from Schlarman Academy here prays before every game. Well, more than that. “Before each game, before each practice, after each game, and after each practice we pray,” said junior Anaya Peoples. In the locker room at Redbird Arena in Normal on Feb. 24 prior to the biggest […]

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Editorial: Thoughts and prayers

Flowers and candles, including one with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, adorn a cross in a Parkland, Fla., park Feb. 16. (CNS/Reuters)

Your Facebook feed informs you that the loved one of a friend has died or that someone you know has taken ill. “Sending thoughts and prayers,” you type in the comments section. Then, having expressed your concern 2018-style, you return to your normal day. Perhaps you offer a quick “Be with them, God” prayer. Perhaps […]

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For new mother from East Moline parish, ‘it was time’ to join the Catholic Church

Heather Sacco, holding her 12-week-old daughter Natalie, is flanked by her mother-in-law and sponsor, Terri Sacco, and husband, Nick, after the Rite of Election at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 18. Already baptized, Heather will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on March 31 at St. Anne Church in East Moline."It's just such a blessing," Terri Sacco said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Heather Sacco has been going to Mass at St. Anne Church in East Moline since she started dating her husband, Nick, eight years ago. It surprised a few people, then, when she recently stood in front of the assembly and declared her intention to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at […]

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“Every Day” (Orion)

Angourie Rice and Justice Smith star in a scene from the movie "Every Day." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Orion Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Strange teen romance in which a high school student (Angourie Rice) falls for a spirit who inhabits the bodies of different people for a day at a time, originally encountering the androgynous sprite when it takes over her normally self-absorbed and inattentive boyfriend (Justice Smith), transforming him into the kind of […]

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Anticipation of Easter joy evident as hundreds open Lent with Rite of Election

Sue Calderon reaches out to shake Bishop Jenky's hand after she and Father Paul Carlson of the LaSalle Catholic Community presented Matthew Franklin at the Rite of Election Feb. 18 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Franklin will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on March 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Even as Lent was beginning, the anticipation of Easter joy could be seen in the faces of the 177 men, women and children who were presented to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion on Feb. 18, the First Sunday of Lent, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. […]

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“Game Night” (Warner Bros.)

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in a scene from the movie "Game 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 Family values and much enjoyable humor are offset by numerous distasteful jokes and an excess of vulgar language in this comedy from directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. A competition-loving couple (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) find their usually placid game night transformed when his suave brother (Kyle Chandler) comes […]

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“Annihilation” (Paramount)

Natalie Portman stars in a scene from the movie "Annihilation." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service After her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns as the lone survivor of a secret Army mission and falls mysteriously and critically ill, a soldier-turned-biologist (Natalie Portman) volunteers to join an expedition into the remote area he and his team had been dispatched to explore, which is being affected by an unexplained and […]

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“Early Man” (Lionsgate)

Hognob, voiced by Nick Park, and Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, appear in the animated movie "Early Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service This enjoyably silly, generally family-friendly animated comedy pits a teenage caveman (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) and his tribe against a tyrant (voice of Tom Hiddleston) who wants to turn their home valley into a mine. Accidentally finding himself in the Bronze Age city the despot rules, the young troglodyte gets him […]

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“Samson” (Pure Flix)

Taylor James stars in a scene from the movie "Sampson." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Pure Flix)

By Catholic News Service Spirited biblically based drama in which the super-strong champion (Taylor James) of the oppressed Israelites skylarks with his younger brother (Greg Kriek), romances a Philistine gal (Francis Sholoto-Douglas) but also tangles with the wicked prince (Jackson Rathbone) who embodies that people’s tyrannical and exploitative rule over the occupied Promised Land. As […]

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