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Man Apart, A

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Source: Catholic News Service

Testosterone-driven crime drama about a Los Angeles DEA agent (Vin Diesel) set on avenging his wife's murder by taking down the powerful Mexican drug cartel responsible for her death. Directed by F. Gary Gray, who cut his teeth in the content-thin world of music videos, the contrived narrative unfortunately follows the all-too-common recipe of: two parts graphic violence, two parts stylish visuals, with dollops of biceps and bare breasts and not more than a pinch of plot thrown in for good measure -- then mix and let sit as the body count rises. Excessive graphic violence, partial nudity, sexually explicit dancing and incessant rough language and profanities. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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Justin: Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies. 
<p>As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered the great questions about life and existence better than the philosophers. </p><p>Upon his conversion he continued to wear the philosopher's mantle, and became the first Christian philosopher. He combined the Christian religion with the best elements in Greek philosophy. In his view, philosophy was a pedagogue of Christ, an educator that was to lead one to Christ. </p><p>Justin is known as an apologist, one who defends in writing the Christian religion against the attacks and misunderstandings of the pagans. Two of his so-called apologies have come down to us; they are addressed to the Roman emperor and to the Senate. </p><p>For his staunch adherence to the Christian religion, Justin was beheaded in Rome in 165.</p> American Catholic Blog Gray and overcast...from my earthly perspective, but it’s sunny above these storm clouds. Grace lets us see life from God’s point of view.

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