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Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Universal

After his parents are killed in an accident, a 10-year-old boy (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his eccentric uncle (Jack Black), who turns out to be a warlock. Having mastered some of the rudiments of his new guardian’s craft, the lad assists him and his best friend (Cate Blanchett), a nice witch, in trying to locate and stop the timepiece of the title, a doomsday device with the capacity to turn the calendar back before the advent of humanity. For all its spells and incantations, director Eli Roth’s adaptation of the first in a series of books by John Bellairs lacks magic, though some of the humor works. Too scary for tots, the film is acceptable for most others, despite the quasi-profanities that occasionally and, given the target audience, needlessly crop up in Eric Kripke’s screenplay.

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    Skyscraper

    Universal

    An American security expert (Dwayne Johnson) gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to review the safeguards at the world’s tallest building in Hong Kong whose owner (Chin Han) puts him and his family up there during their visit. A plot to destroy the structure leaves his wife (Neve Campbell) and kids (McKenna Roberts and Noah Cottrell) trapped by a raging multi-floor fire, with no one likely to be able to save them except Dad. Anyone with a fear of heights will cringe as writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber puts Johnson through his

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    Black Panther

    Disney  

    Sprawling, energetic but ultimately overlong Marvel Comics adaptation from director and co-writer Ryan Coogler. The young sovereign (Chadwick Boseman) of an imaginary and secret African kingdom where the use of a super-powerful mineral has enabled the population to achieve both prosperity and a range of technological wonders unknown to the outside world must cope with two principal threats to his realm. The first involves a South African arms dealer (Andy Serkis) who has managed to infiltrate the nation and make

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    ‘Love’ is spelled ‘w-o-r-k’

    More Than I Knew

    I gave you my heart on a platter

    It was stupid

    I gave you my life like it mattered

    But you took it

    I know that people tell me that it’s gonna take time

    But time feels like forever when you ain’t by my side

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    Risen

    Columbia

    A Roman tribune (Joseph Fiennes) who witnessed the execution of Jesus (Cliff Curtis) is ordered by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to investigate the disappearance of the crucified man’s body, and recover the missing corpse. But the hunt, in which he’s aided by an ambitious, though untested junior officer (Tom Felton), turns out to have life-altering consequences for the hard-bitten soldier. Designed to have broad appeal, this biblical epic uses its protagonist’s cynicism to clear a path for nonbelievers into the

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    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Columbia

    Overstuffed but diverting 3-D comic-book sequel in which the title character, aka average teen Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), grapples with the conflict between his superhero mission and his desire to safeguard his girlfriend (Emma Stone), tries to solve the mystery of his parents’ long-ago disappearance and battles a succession of villains (most prominently Jamie Foxx). He also has a fraught reunion with his best friend from childhood (Dane DeHaan) who’s afflicted with a fatal hereditary disease. Giddy special effects and a lively pace help disguise the fact that director Marc Webb’s follow-up to his 2012 reboot covers

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    Sociological study looks at support for interfaith marriages

    Cultural shifts in the age of marriage, the decline of the option for sacramental marriage among some Catholics, the demise of ethnic/religious enclaves in European American communities, and changing attitudes on human sexuality all have affected the Catholic ministry with young adults and marriage support.

    The church has made some developments to better support interchurch and interfaith couples and families, but pastoral implementation remains a challenge in many

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    Do TV, other media play a part in nation’s increasing obesity rate?

    Catholic News Service

    WASHINGTON – A Supreme Court justice once famously said about pornography, “I’ll know it when I see it,” regarding his test for judging what materials should be considered protected speech.

    A similar test may hold true for obesity and whether it should be considered a disease. But in June, the American Medical Association made that determination, recognizing it as a disease and overriding the opinion of a blue-ribbon panel created by the AMA that had said it wasn’t.

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    The Bling Ring

    (A24 Films)

    Disturbing fact-based account of a gang of high school students who targeted their favorite stars and burgled the celebrities’ homes, stealing clothing, jewelry and cash to fill their own closets and pockets. Five teens (Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien) crave the A-list lifestyle, and so decide to steal the expensive accoutrements that go along with it. They rely on tabloid reports to tell them who’s out of town – then descend

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    Man of Steel

    (Warner Bros.)

    Action adventure recounting the life of comic book hero Superman (Henry Cavill). Born on Krypton, as an infant his parents (Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer) send him to Earth so he can escape his doomed home planet’s imminent destruction. His adoptive human parents (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) instill positive values and try to protect his secret. Once grown, an investigative reporter (Amy Adams) is on the verge of disclosing his

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    Dedication common theme in books about women religious

    At first glance, one might wonder why these two books were paired for review. Clearly, there is the “nun” theme but what really unites the two is the idea of dedication. Both books reflect lives of faith and a sincere and inspiring desire to help others and serve God.

    In “As I Have Loved You: A Conversation With Mother Teresa” John Scully truly offers new insights into the holy and

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    Now You See Me

    (Summit)

    A quartet of professional magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher) is caught in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in this entertaining caper film directed by Louis Leterrier. Brought together by a mysterious capitalist (Michael Caine), the four become a world-famous act. But one outrageous stunt they manage to pull off – a long-distance and very public bank robbery – attracts the attention of an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo), his Interpol

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