Movie Reviews

Posted July 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Fox

Cheerfully silly, bodily functions-obsessed kid’s cartoon adapted from a series of books by Dav Pilkey. Two fourth-grade pranksters (voices of Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) fear that their friendship will be broken up if their strict principal (voice of Ed Helms) follows through on his threat to separate them by assigning them to different classes. Improvising a solution, they hypnotize him and use mind control to convince him that he is Captain Underpants, the superhero featured in some of the many comic books they have written and drawn together. In this guise, he battles a wild haired mad scientist (voice of Nick Kroll) who schemes to employ technology to stamp out laughter, especially among kids. Parents averse to potty humor will find little to like

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    Technology aids students to improve Baton Rouge

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is “much to love” about Baton Rouge, including the LSU Tigers and Southern Jaguars, weekend festivals and galas filled with fun activities, entertainment and food (including the official state crustacean, crawish), the State Capitol, a thriving arts community and the Mississippi River.

    From left, St. Aloyisus students Katherine Winchester, Isabelle Gruner and Jensen Holliday work on their projects as

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    Advocating for refugees

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    When arriving in Baton Rouge, Dauda Sesay and his family were strangers, being introduced to an unfamiliar world of culture, language and even as to where to live.

    That is, until familiar victual scents stirred memories of their native Sierra Leone.

    “We have a lot of fish, shrimp, crabs,” Sesay said of his native land. “The only difference is we don’t have a lot of crawfish.”

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    Discipleship: Living the call of Jesus

    “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord” – Psalm 89

    The journey through Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year continues with the unveiling of the call to discipleship. Jesus’ extraordinary life is a path for baptized Christians to grow as life-giving disciples. It is through the example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that disciples are strengthened, encouraged and made holy.

    Be strong

    How are we strengthened as disciples? Initially, we are called to

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    Church holds prayer service for Scalise

    By Peter Finney

    Clarion Herald

    METAIRIE – More than 150 people attended a prayer service at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metairie on June 14 to pray for the recovery of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and other victims of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Scalise, his wife Jennifer and their two children are members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish. The Congressman from the 1st District of Louisiana was gunned down by a lone

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    WARRIOR BASEBALL

    Rob Smith, left, athletic director at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, welcomes Chris Harrell as the school’s new head varsity baseball coach. Harrell is a graduate of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas and spent the last three years as head baseball coach at St. John High School in Plaquemine. As head baseball coach, he led the school Eagles to two district championships and three playoffs, developed 16 all-district players and was named District Coach of the Year in 2015

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    Deacon Brunet stayed committed during challenges

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Deacon Stephen Brunet said he had the call to religious life since his early youth.

    Deacon Stephen Brunet is vested by his wife Danette and Deacon David Harris. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    “I was an altar boy from third – 12th grade.

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    LOCAL HEROS HONORED

    Cindy Ryals, from left, principal of St. Alphonsus Liguori School in Greenwell Springs, Bruce Simmons, a Baton Rouge police officer, and Simmons’ wife, Pam, enjoy an Olympic-themed day of games and activities during the school’s annual field day event. The school honored all parents of students serving as law enforcement officers and first responders during the day. Bruce Simmons, who was one of the officers shot in the line of duty during last July’s ambush, was selected as the event’s torchbearer.

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    Deacon Corbett allows faith to blossom

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Deacon William Corbett’s spiritual roots date to elementary school, when he served as an altar boy at an early morning Mass at St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula.

    Deacon William Corbett professes a promise of obedience to Bishop Robert W. Muench during an ordination Mass on June 10 at St. Joseph Cathedral.

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    Movie Reviews

    The Mummy

    Universal

    Clumsy horror flick charts the dire consequences that follow when a shady soldier (Tom Cruise) and an archeologist (Annabelle Wallis) unwittingly revive an evil Egyptian princess (Sofia Boutella) who was put to death for her crimes in the days of the pharaohs. Pagan mumbo jumbo aside, there’s not much to bother grown viewers in director Alex Kurtzman’s film, which has a sketchy but respectable good-versus-evil theme. Yet, as the eventual injection of Robert Louis Stevenson’s character Dr. Henry Jekyll

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    Deacon Duplantis finds a sense of peace in ordination

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is a overwhelming sense of joy in Deacon Kirk Duplantis’ voice when he describes the moment he and his wife told their children he was entering the diaconate.

    Joining hands with Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, Deacon Kirk Duplantis promises his obedience shortly before he is ordained. Photos by Richard

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    Sexual abuse policy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Churches, schools and youth organizations have an obligation to provide children and youth with a safe place to worship, study or participate in activities sponsored by the Catholic Church.

    In its ongoing effort to ensure that this is being accomplished, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has established an office of Child and Youth Protection. With the establishment of this office, the diocese has also implemented a process for reporting alleged abuse of a minor.

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge has trained professionals

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    Deacon Hooper says ordination was God’s idea

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    George Hooper didn’t set out to be a deacon.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench presents the Book of the Gospels to Deacon George Hooper. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    The 77-year-old was ordained to the diaconate on June 10, but he said the idea

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    NBCC to explore the call to live the Gospel

    WASHINGTON (CNS) Delegates attending Congress XII of the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Florida, in July will take on new responsibilities this time around.

    Rather than working from a draft of a pastoral plan developed prior to the congress as per tradition, the 2,000 attendees will be tasked with developing a pastoral plan during the July 6-9 gathering and taking it home to their parishes and dioceses.

    “We’re interested in what the people have to say, what’s in their hearts. It’s

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    Deacon Messenger hopes to broaden spiritual horizons

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    As a lifelong Catholic, Deacon Tim Messenger had always strived to live his faith by serving others.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench welcomes Deacon Tim Messenger during the Mass of Ordination on June 10 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    As

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    Military service led to Deacon Mooney’s ministry

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    A retired major in the United States Navy, Deacon Gary Mooney is ready for his next assignment.

    Before he is ordained, Deacon Gary Mooney kneels before Bishop Robert W. Muench to receive the laying on of hands. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Following God’s path

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Deacon Minos Ponville, who was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Robert W. Muench June 10 at St. Joseph Cathedral, grew up the oldest of six siblings and is thankful for the strong Catholic faith foundation his parents built into his life.

    Deacon Minos Ponville makes a promise of obedience and respect to Bishop Robert W. Muench and his

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    Seven Deacons Ordained

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench and a large crowd at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge welcomed seven new permanent deacons during the Rite of Ordination of Deacons on June 10.

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, center, ordained seven permanent deacons during The Rite of Ordination Deacons at St. Joseph Cathedral on June 10. Pictured, from left, are Deacon

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    Technology aids students to improve Baton Rouge

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is “much to love” about Baton Rouge, including the LSU Tigers and Southern Jaguars, weekend festivals and galas filled with fun activities, entertainment and food (including the official state crustacean, crawish), the State Capitol, a thriving arts community and the Mississippi River.

    From left, St. Aloyisus students Katherine Winchester, Isabelle Gruner and Jensen Holliday work on their

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    Advocating for refugees

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    When arriving in Baton Rouge, Dauda Sesay and his family were strangers, being introduced to an unfamiliar world of culture, language and even as to where to live.

    That is, until familiar victual scents stirred memories of their native Sierra Leone.

    “We have a lot of fish, shrimp, crabs,” Sesay said of his native land. “The only difference is we don’t have a lot of

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    CHS EAGLE SCOUT GRADS

    Eagle Scouts in the Catholic High School of Baton Rouge graduating class of 2017 are, from left, back row, Hagan Dalton, Daniel Ourso, Taylor Fontenot, Ryan Guerin, Chris Alumbaugh, Collin Hebert, Austin Tuminello, Jake Rovira, Benton Alford, Byrne Kennedy; front row, Ezra Grant, Jacob Thornton, Andrew Schoonmaker, Collin Devillier, Ryan Devillier, Nicholas Thompson, Taylor Empson, William Martin and Alexander Van Biersel. Not pictured are Will de la Bretonne and Gabe Mengarelli. Photo provided by Richard Beaugh | Catholic High

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    Bishop announces appointments

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed chancellor Father Paul Yi as administrator at St. Joan of Arc Church in Bayou Pigeon and Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in White Castle, effective July 1.

    Father Paul Yi

     

    Bishop Muench has also appointed Father Peter Dang as chaplain at Baton Rouge General Hospital, also effective July 1.

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    DAFFY DUDS

    The students at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge celebrated the coming of the end of school with a Crazy Dress Day, sponsored by the Student Council. They wore mismatched clothes, shoes and socks. The students also put on wigs and hats. Some sprayed their hair bright colors. The students made individual donations to help support the ARC of Baton Rouge and Blessed Margaret of Castello REACH Program, the Diocese of Baton Rouge Program for Exceptional Students. The event raised in $1,000. Dressed in their zany

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    Refugee rises from the horrors of war to become advocate

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a rather nondescript morning in Sierra Leona, Dauda Sesay, shortly before his 17th birthday, was sent off to school along with his little sister. As was her daily ritual, their mother accompanied her children to the school bus stop.

    Dauda Sesay and his wife, Alima, are shown with their children, Adama, 8 and Alusine, 6. The couple, who are refugees from Sierra Leona, also have a 23-month-old son, Dauda

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    HOLY MARY

    Amelia Brunson, left, a preschool student at Holy Ghost School in Hammond, lays flowers at the feet of Mary as her teacher Ann Mooney helps. PreK-4 students at the school held their annual May crowning recently.  They encircled the statue of Mary in the front of the office and prayed a “Hail Mary.” Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School

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    SHEPHERDS OF THE CHURCH

    “Feed my lambs.

    Tend my sheep.

    Feed my sheep.”

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench prays during the Mass of Ordination Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 27 while Deacon Tim Grimes, Father Pat Broussard and Father Ryan Hallford lay prostrate before the bishop. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Bishop announces pastoral changes

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed Father Michael Miceli as sacramental minister at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Tickfaw, effective July 1. Father Miceli will continue to serve as chaplain at St. Albert the Great Chapel and Student Center Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also co-chaplain at St. Thomas Aquinas Diocesan Regional High School in Hammond.

    Father Michael Miceli

     

    Prior

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    Sacred Heart building blends the old with the new

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    It’s easy to get wrapped up in the photos when you first enter the old CYO building behind Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge.

    Black and white photos of past CYO events in Baton Rouge honor the history of the organization while a nearby wall art, created by local artists and featuring

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    From the editor

    We have received several critical letters and phone calls over the past two weeks after we published a front-page image of a sculpture referred to as Our Lady of The Gulf  by survivors of those who have been lost at sea
    in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, be they from drowning or from offshore accidents that have taken the lives of their loved ones.  We can only imagine how difficult it is for these families and friends to deal with these tragic, untimely deaths. We pray for all of them. We apologize for

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    Movie Reviews

    Everything, Everything

    Warner Bros.

    Director Stella Meghie’s adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel bears more than a little resemblance to one of those fairy tales involving a princess locked up in a castle who needs a handsome prince to rescue her. In this case, a bright and literate teen (Amandla Stenberg) has long been confined by a rare illness to the hermetically sealed house specially designed for her by her protective mother (Anika Noni Rose). Then a sensitive lad (Nick

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