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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 CNS photo by Ron Batzdorff, NBC
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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Silence
Silence
December 29, 2016

"Silence" is a dramatically powerful but theologically complex work best suited to viewers who come to the multiplex prepared to engage with serious issues.

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Fences
Fences
December 22, 2016

Suffering is a leitmotif in any of August Wilson's plays, but there's also brutal honesty and joy in unexpected moments -- as well as the musical cadence of his language to enjoy.

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Passengers
Passengers
December 22, 2016

Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in "Passengers" (Sony). While this tale about a transgression born of desperation will resonate with romantics, it may leave others cold.

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Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed
December 21, 2016

Though the mayhem that pervades "Assassin's Creed" (Fox), director Justin Kurzel's adaptation of a popular series of video games, is mostly bloodless, other more unusual problems render it unacceptable for all. 

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