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Kenneth Branagh Carries the Old-Fashioned ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

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(2017—Director: Kenneth Branagh) High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “I believe it takes a fracture of the soul to murder another human being.” — Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley) Potential spoilers below Every new generation receives updated adaptations of classic works of literature. Their quality may tend to trend downward, but each serves as an apt …

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‘Outlander’ is Not Just Star-Crossed Love

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– By Carly Twehous – Spoilers below These days, nobody talks about Outlander without first mentioning the star-crossed romance between Claire and Jamie, the feminist perspective, and, of course, the “masterfully filmed” sex. As I tend to be someone who avoids both forlorn romances, material that become more propaganda than actual feminism, and unnecessarily frequent and gratuitous sex scenes, I …

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Alumna Maggie Mahrt on her Award-winning Film ‘Unbound’

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– By Sam Hendrian – Since graduating in 2010, JPCatholic alumna Maggie Mahrt has achieved substantial success in the film industry. Her short film Chow Bella was screened at film festivals around the globe and took home the Audience Choice award from the San Diego IndieFest. She also worked for three seasons on NBC’s show Grimm as Assistant to showrunner David …

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The Fear of Rejection in ‘Back to the Future’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” So goes the classic quote that ends Back to the Future, one of the most enduringly popular movies of all time. Released in 1985, its story of a likable high school “slacker” who gets transported back in time …

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May the 3% Be Ever in Your Favor

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– By Carly Twehous – Mild Spoilers Below Out of The Hunger Games craze, audiences were smothered by a sudden influx of YA dystopian dramas, complete with love-triangles galore, forlorn female heroes, and social philosophies just out of reach and hidden by romance. (Seriously. The entire purpose of The Hunger Games is that the Capitol distracts the districts from their …

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Improvisational Spirit Enlivens the Messy Yet Jovial ‘Thor: Ragnarök’

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(2017—Director: Taika Waititi) ★★★ ½ (out of 5 stars) “Asgard is not a place, it’s a people. And its people need your help.” — Odin (Anthony Hopkins) to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) “I have been FALLING for thirty minutes!” — Loki (Tom Hiddleston), after emerging from a realm of free fall  Potential spoilers below If one were to make a list …

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Prescribed Psychological Terror in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

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(2017—Director: Yorgos Lanthimos) ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) Stage #1: Paralysis of the Legs Stage #2: Refusal to Eat or Drink Stage #3: Bleeding from the Eyes Stage #4: Death  “The most important thing in life is to have good friends, not lots of friends.” — Martin (Barry Keoghan) to Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) Potential spoilers below When non-American …

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Reflections on JPCatholic’s 2025 vision on the feast day of Pope St. John Paul the Great

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For Release: Oct 22, 2017 From: Dr. Derry Connolly Founding President, John Paul the Great Catholic University The feast day of Pope St. John Paul the Great, October 22nd, is an excellent day to reflect on John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) and our vision for our future. In his apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, St. John Paul the Great …

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The Humanity Behind the History: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

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— By Carly Twehous — People all around the world hold a generalized fascination and traditionalized respect for the British monarchy. Members of the Royal Family are constantly subjects of headlines and tabloids in every country that has newsstands. Whether this universal obsession started with a historical intrigue of the once great British Empire, or with the tragic and sudden …