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“Tenet” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "Tenet." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Melinda Sue Gordon, Warner Bros. Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service As he did with 2010’s “Inception” and “Interstellar” (2014), writer-director Christopher Nolan serves up a cerebral thriller, a blockbuster accompanied by a heavy-handed science lesson — in this case about temporal mechanics and the possibility of time travel. The mysterious spy agency of the title enlists a CIA operative (John David […]

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“The New Mutants” (20th Century)

Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy star in a scene from the 2020 film "The New Mutants." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Twentieth Century Fox)

By Catholic News Service This 13th and officially final installment of the “X-Men” film series is an unsatisfying conclusion to the once-mighty franchise, a dreary, derivative and gratuitous horror thriller, based on a set of Marvel Comics, directed and co-written by Josh Boone. Five teenagers (Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams and Henry […]

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Contrast, contradiction, paradox, grace

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 30 Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 Three words help us understand the readings for this Sunday — contrast, contradiction and paradox. Contrast means one thing is strikingly different from another. Today’s Gospel stands in contrast to last week’s Gospel, Peter’s profession of […]

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H.S. of Saint Thomas More teacher makes her final profession of Franciscan vows

Sister Mary Francis Goodson, FSGM

CHAMPAIGN — Sister Mary Francis Goodson, FSGM, a mathematics teacher at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, has made her final profession of vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. The celebration took place during feast day festivities at the motherhouse in Alton on Aug. 3. “I […]

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“Words on Bathroom Walls” (Roadside)

This is a cropped version of the movie poster for "Words on Bathroom Walls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Roadside)

By Catholic News Service After a psychotic incident injures a fellow student at his public high school, a teen (Charlie Plummer) suffering from schizophrenia transfers to a Catholic academy where he tries to fit in while coping with the effects of his affliction on his relationships with his loving mother (Molly Parker), her apparently hostile […]

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“Made in Italy” (IFC)

Micheál Richardson and Liam Neeson star in a scene from the movie "Made in Italy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/IFC)

By Catholic News Service Real-life father and son Liam Neeson and Micheal Richardson team up to play a fictional parent-grown-child duo in this blend of comedy, drama and romance, written and directed by James D’Arcy. Faced with being fired from his job as an art gallery manager by the establishment’s owners, the family of his […]

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“The Secret Garden” (STX)

Dixie Egerickx stars in a scene from the movie "The Secret Garden." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/STX Films)

By Catholic News Service Fourth big-screen adaptation of the 1911 children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, directed by Marc Munden from a screenplay by Jack Thorne. After a spoiled child (Dixie Egerickx) who has grown up in India finds herself orphaned due to an outbreak of cholera, she is forced to return to her parents’ […]

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Who is invited to the Kingdom of God?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 16 Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 A subtle tension permeates the Gospel according to St. Matthew concerning to whom the invitation to enter the Kingdom of God is directed. The Children of Israel certainly top the list of invitees, but since the 11th chapter of […]

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