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A Dog's Purpose
A Dog's Purpose CNS photo by Universal
January 27, 2017

While cats are said to be blessed with nine lives, the clever canine at the center of "A Dog's Purpose" (Universal) -- voiced by Josh Gad -- guides us through his adventures over four eventful lifetimes. Repeatedly reincarnated, he (and, for one stint, she) returns in the guise of various breeds and encounters a range of human caregivers.

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Retrospective of original Donald Duck comic book artist fills the bill
Retrospective of original Donald Duck comic book artist fills the bill
January 26, 2017

Parents looking to lure their youngsters away from digital devices and toward material that might foster reading and imagination should consider the work of legendary Disney comic book artist Carl Barks. In fact, Mom and Dad may enjoy Barks' work as much as their kids.

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The Founder
The Founder
January 25, 2017

In chronicling the early history of McDonald's, "The Founder" (Weinstein) makes compelling food for thought, if not exactly a happy meal.

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Video releases for Jan. 25, 2017
January 25, 2017

 The following are capsule reviews from Catholic News Service of new and recent video releases available on DVD and/or Blu-ray -- as well as for online viewing. Theatrical movies have a Catholic News Service classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account any extra content.

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Highly readable history of American Catholics brings key figures to life
January 20, 2017

In this excellent, well-written and highly readable book, Russell Shaw presents the stories of 15 famous Catholics, from American Catholicism's first bishop, John Carroll of Maryland (1735-1815), to the period, roughly, of the Second Vatican Council.

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'The Young Pope' repels more than it engages
January 20, 2017

Behind the opening credits of "The Young Pope," a naked baby boy crawls over a sea of infant mannequins, and a man dressed as the Roman pontiff emerges at the other end. As bizarre as that may sound, the controversial, provocative new miniseries only gets stranger from there.

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20th Century Women
20th Century Women
January 20, 2017

The moral compass in "20th Century Women" (A24), writer-director Mike Mills' rambling, unfiltered drama -- loosely based on his adolescence in 1970s Santa Barbara, California -- is not one of the characters. Rather, it's President Jimmy Carter.

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Split
Split
January 20, 2017

"Split" (Universal), the latest psychological thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, posits that victims of childhood sexual abuse are not only prone to dissociative identity disorder -- split personalities -- but also that each persona can have unique physical characteristics.

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