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'Unplanned' film on abortion is story of 'hope, forgiveness and love'
Abby Johnson, portrayed by Ashley Bratcher, reacts to what she is seeing on the ultrasound screen while assisting with an abortion in this clip from the movie

Abby Johnson, portrayed by Ashley Bratcher, reacts to what she is seeing on the ultrasound screen while assisting with an abortion in this clip from the movie "Unplanned." The movie will officially be released March 29, 2019, although in some locations it could be seen as early as March 25. CNS photo/courtesy

INDIANAPOLIS – Abby Johnson's life had already become an open book. Soon it also will become a national box office show. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Farmingdale parish to hold Palm Sunday choral concert
The adult and children’s choirs of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale, will unite to present their first formal concert, “Jesus, Remember Me,” April 14 at 3 p.m. in the church at 31 Asbury Road. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Capital Singers partnering with local groups for 'Requiem for the Living' concert
Capital Singers of Trenton is partnering with the community orchestra Sinfonietta Nova and members of the Trenton Children’s Chorus to present Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” at 4 p.m. March 31 in Sacred Heart Church, 343 South Broad St., Trenton. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Modern version of 'La Boheme' to be staged in Manasquan
The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will perform “La Boheme” April 27-28 in the Algonquin Arts Theater, Manasquan. The beloved Puccini opera will be costumed and staged in a local, contemporary setting and backed by the 45-member orchestra conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson. More ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Wonder Park teaches lesson on dealing with emotions
NEW YORK – The most frequently used word in the animated adventure "Wonder Park" (Paramount) is "splendiferous." More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
Five Feet Apart
NEW YORK –  "Five Feet Apart" (Lionsgate), a generally engaging young-adult romantic drama about the redeeming power of sacrificial love, is aimed, with the precision of a heat-seeking missile, at 17-year-old girls. More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
Immaculata's Symphony spring concert to celebrate space
The Immaculata Symphony will hold its spring concert, “Symphony in Space,” as a way to mark the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first steps on the moon. More ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Promoting peace, being non-judgmental resonate in Captain Marvel film
NEW YORK – Wit, positive messages and lavish production values buoy the origin story "Captain Marvel" (Disney). While some of the mythos in this adaptation of various strands of Marvel Comics lore, as well as other considerations, make it unsuitable for kids, the film is tame enough to be possibly acceptable for mature teens. More ...
Friday, March 8, 2019
St. Romero photo exhibit coming to Titusville

St. George Parish, Titusville, will host an “Images of El Salvador” photo exhibit March 24 in the church at 1370 River Road (Rt. 29 North).

The exhibit by New Jersey-born photographer Ted Kean will celebrate the first feast of St. Oscar Romero, martyr and Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 to 1980. Photos were taken during the 1994 elections in El Salvador of the people and places among which the gentle saint lived and worked, and for whom he eventually gave his life.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
NEW YORK – Regrets about "Greta" (Focus)? You'll have a few. But this psychological thriller still rises to the level of a guilty pleasure thanks to the abundant talent of its lead players, Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Fighting With My Family
NEW YORK – You can't judge a book by its cover – or, in this case, a film by its title. "Fighting With My Family" (MGM) turns out to be an entertaining comedy-drama despite its off-putting name. More ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Musicians, including Diocesan Festival Choir, coming together for Lenten Cantata in Red Bank
St. Anthony of Padua’s music ministry will be presenting a Lenten Cantata in the weeks leading up to Holy Week and Easter. More ...
Monday, March 4, 2019
Top 10 movies and family films of 2018
NEW YORK – 2018 was an especially strong year both for documentaries and for fictional films exploring real-life issues, the ramifications of racism in particular. Other timely topics included the place of social media in contemporary life and the centennial of the end of World War I. More ...
Thursday, February 28, 2019

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