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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

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Source: Catholic News Service

Quirky melodrama about a timid garage owner (Rhys Ifans), who discovers that love is worth fighting for when his live-in girlfriend's former lover, a two-bit hood named Jimmy (Robert Carlyle), returns to reclaim her. Incorporating classic Western motifs into the film's British working-class setting, director Shane Meadows combines good performances with a sweet, at times trite, narrative, resulting in a modest but big-hearted tale about the fortifying power of love and the true meaning of family. Some slapstick violence and recurring rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
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