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Last Shot, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

An FBI agent (Alec Baldwin) poses as a film producer in Providence, R.I., to uncover mob corruption in the Teamsters union, but gets caught up in the thrill of making a movie, as he hires a frustrated would-be director (Matthew Broderick) to fulfill his lifelong dream of filming a long-gestating script about Arizona. This quirky, fitfully funny, sweet-natured film infused with an infectious love of filmmaking by director/writer Jeff Nathanson is about realizing one's possibilities, with excellent performances by the two leads and a scene-stealing turn by Toni Collette as an egocentric B-level film star. Some rough language and violence, fleeting sexual activity and a crass scene of urination. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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<p>Three evils plagued the Church then: simony (the buying and selling of sacred offices and things), the unlawful marriage of the clergy and lay investiture (kings and nobles controlling the appointment of Church officials). To all of these Hildebrand directed his reformer’s attention, first as counselor to the popes and later (1073-1085) as pope himself. </p><p>Gregory’s papal letters stress the role of bishop of Rome as the vicar of Christ and the visible center of unity in the Church. He is well known for his long dispute with Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV over who should control the selection of bishops and abbots. </p><p>Gregory fiercely resisted any attack on the liberty of the Church. For this he suffered and finally died in exile. He said, “I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore I die in exile.” Thirty years later the Church finally won its struggle against lay investiture.</p> American Catholic Blog In Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us. If we entrust our life to him, if we let ourselves be guided by him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our Savior.

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