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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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spectre20151106T1134 246 CNS MOVIE REVIEW SPECTRE 800Daniel Craig stars in a scene from the movie "Spectre." (CNS photo/Sony)

NEW YORK (CNS) – A car chase through St. Peter's Square and a flippant joke about joining the priesthood aside, the 24th James Bond film, "Spectre" (Columbia), has predictably little to do with religion. Yet director Sam Mendes' follow-up to "Skyfall," his 2012 reboot of the 007 series, does set its protagonist on an upward ethical path that will please faithful grown-ups.

martian20151001cnsto0008 800Matt Damon stars in a scene from the movie "The Martian." (CSN photo/courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

NEW YORK (CNS) – Though the compelling sci-fi epic "The Martian" (Fox) is an unusually long movie, what viewers of faith may cherish most about this masterful adventure is a single line of dialogue in the form of a three-word prayer. 

shaun cns webAnimated characters Shaun, Slip and Bitzer appear in "Shaun the Sheep Movie." (CNS photo/Lionsgate)

NEW YORK (CNS) – "Ewe" are bound to have fun watching "Shaun the Sheep Movie" (Lionsgate), an endearing – and pun-filled – animated feature about the madcap adventures of a woolly English flock.

sr alicia chopped 1505 july16 webInvited speaker Sister Alicia Torres, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist of Chicago, lunches with members of the ladies guild at the Franciscan Urban Life Center at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford. (Photo by Shelley Wolf)

HARTFORD – Like a competitive athlete, the spunky and determined Sister Alicia Torres, a young member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, made the sign of the cross on national television – at the start of a cooking competition against three other soup kitchen chefs on the Food Network TV show “Chopped.”

angels apr16 webThe cover of Angels in the Bible Stoybook by Allia Zobel Nolan. (Photo submitted)

NORWALK – Angels have long held a fascination for many people, including author Allia Zobel Nolan, who took two years to write Angels in the Bible Storybook, a well-researched, beautifully illustrated book for children ages 4 to 8 that is equally appealing to all ages.

Chorale HSO webThe Hartford Chorale, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut Children’s Chorus’s Primi Voci Choir will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s epic oratorio “Elijah” on April 14 at the Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall. (Photo submitted)

HARTFORD – The Hartford Chorale’s production of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” promises intense drama, compelling dialogue and inspiring music. The performance on April 14 at the Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall represents a rare opportunity to hear this major work in the Greater Hartford area.

theater peter pan capt hook web 2 mar16Actors Justin Sanzari as Captain Hook, right, and Grace Altenburger as Smee in a 2014 production of ‘Peter Pan’ by the Blessed Sacrament Children’s Theatre of Waterbury. (Photo submitted)

WATERBURY – Blessed Sacrament Children’s Theatre, now entering its 16th year, will hold auditions for the musical “Beauty and the Beast,” beginning with informational meetings at noon March 12 and 19 in the school cafeteria.

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