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Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures CNS photo by Fox
January 6, 2017

The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama "Hidden Figures" (Fox 2000). Along with a personalized insight into the injustices that still prevailed in American society in the early 1960s, director Theodore Melfi's adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book -- which centers on three extraordinarily gifted mathematicians working for NASA -- successfully re-creates the tension of the Cold War space race.

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La La Land
La La Land
January 5, 2017

Though it's set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama "La La Land" (Lionsgate) takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood's golden age.

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Video releases for Jan. 4, 2017
January 4, 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.

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'Timeless' deemed a diverting escapist adventure
'Timeless' deemed a diverting escapist adventure
December 29, 2016

Much in the manner of "Lost" fans, who wondered what exactly was going on in that series, the audience for NBC's drama "Timeless" will increasingly want a definitive answer to the core enigma that drives its action and contributes to its suspense.

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NBC series 'This Is Us' proves to be refreshingly pro-life, pro-family
NBC series 'This Is Us' proves to be refreshingly pro-life, pro-family
December 29, 2016

he pilot episode of NBC's drama "This Is Us" featured an eye-catching first scene. Pregnant with triplets, Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) celebrated husband Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) 36th birthday by dancing suggestively for him, while he lay on their bed, wearing only a towel.

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'Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly' to sign off after 20 years
December 29, 2016

Even in the 500-channel universe, PBS' "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly" was really the only program of its kind: a weekly half-hour program that took a serious look at religion and religious issues across the spectrum of belief, and how faith intersected with politics, society and culture.

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Variety of books provide daily reflections for new year
December 29, 2016

Here are some new books that offer daily reflections for the new year.

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Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea
December 29, 2016

At the center of filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan's drama "Manchester by the Sea" (Roadside) lays a crushed soul flawlessly embodied by actor Casey Affleck.

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