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“Holmes & Watson” (Columbia)

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star in a scene from the movie "Holmes & Watson." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective and his doctor sidekick are given a comedic makeover in this mindless, raucous, and exceedingly vulgar film, written and directed by Etan Cohen. Sherlock Holmes (Will Farrell) is feted on his birthday by Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris) at Buckingham Palace. A dead body tumbles out […]

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“Vice” (Annapurna)

Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell and Andrea Wright star in a scene from the movie "Vice." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service This biography of former Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) is a gleeful hatchet job in which he comes off as Machiavellian, black-hearted and more demonic than human. The only figure who emerges in even darker tones is his political mentor, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), who schemes and […]

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“Welcome to Marwen” (Universal)

Steve Carell stars in a scene from the movie "Welcome to Marwen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service A dedicated effort from Steve Carell fails to redeem this painfully unengaging fact-based tale in which he plays an illustrator left unable to draw after a near-fatal assault by a group of thugs who takes up photography instead, playing out his own psychodrama in a miniature Belgian village he constructs in […]

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“Second Act” (STX)

Jennifer Lopez and Milo Ventimiglia star in a scene from the movie "Second Act." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Appealing workplace comedy posits that street smarts should rate at least as highly as an educational pedigree. Director Peter Segal and screenwriters Justin Zackham and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have turned the plucky old formula sideways, with the result that their heroine (Jennifer Lopez) is not facing predations such as sexual harassment or a […]

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“Aquaman” (Warner Bros.)

Jason Momoa stars in a scene from the movie "Aquaman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service A sprawling, lush spectacle, this DC Comics adaptation also is overlong, overcomplicated and, at times, just plain dumb. After washing up on shore wounded, the queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman) is nursed back to health by a lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison) whom she weds and with whom she has a son […]

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“Bumblebee” (Paramount)

Hailee Steinfeld stars in a scene from the movie "Bumblebee." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Above-average installment in the sci-fi action “Transformers” franchise, set in 1987, charts the friendship between the shape-shifting alien robot-auto of the title, a yellow Volkswagen Beetle when in car form, and a vulnerable but plucky teen (Hailee Steinfeld). Still mourning her deceased father, whose mechanical skills she inherited, she finds solace in […]

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“They Shall Not Grow Old” (Warner Bros.)

A restored and colorized image showing a group of World War I soldiers is from the documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service A four-year passion project for director Peter Jackson, this innovative documentary on the First World War establishes an immediacy and intimacy to the 1914-18 global conflict that cost 20 million lives. Archival black-and-white silent footage shot by British cameramen has been restored and colorized, with sound effects added and the oral […]

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“Mary Poppins Returns” (Disney)

Emily Blunt stars in a scene from the movie "Mary Poppins Returns," a sequel to the 1964 film "Mary Poppins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Jay Maidment, courtesy Disney)

By Catholic News Service Delightful sequel to the 1964 classic finds the omnicompetent nanny of the title (Emily Blunt) swooping into Depression-era London to help the now-grown brother (Ben Whishaw) and sister (Emily Mortimer) she tended as children face a family crisis. He’s a recent widower whose three children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel […]

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Bishop Jenky’s 2018 Christmas message: With Mary, treasure the Incarnation mystery

A stained-glass image from the choir loft of St. Bernard Church in Bushnell depicts the scene of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem. "The living memory of the Christmas mystery can transform every aspect of our lives and of our world today and for eternity," writes Bishop Jenky. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

To the Clergy, Religious, and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria and to all people of good will: My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: “And Mary treasured all of these things in her heart.” (cf. Luke 2:51) Christmas — and all the many Church and family rituals that surround this sacred season — is […]

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Diocese of Peoria responds to report of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria issued the following news release on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018: — In August 2018, Attorney General Lisa Madigan approached the Diocese of Peoria seeking cooperation regarding disclosure of sexual abuse of minors by priests of the Diocese of Peoria. The Diocese of Peoria has fully cooperated […]

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