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Beyond Borders

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Source: Catholic News Service

Hollow melodrama about a sheltered American (Angelina Jolie) living in London with her socialite husband (Linus Roache), who has her eyes opened to the suffering of the wider world when she becomes romantically involved with a renegade doctor (Clive Owen) passionately committed to relief efforts in war-torn countries. Despite the sincerity of its humanitarian message, the film, directed by Martin Campbell, suffers from severe narrative malnutrition with characters less fleshed out than the famine victims they champion, and a story that seesaws awkwardly between a globetrotting soap-opera romance and a UNICEF travelogue. Some war violence, several disturbing images of famine and disease-ravaged victims, an implied sexual encounter, recurring rough and crude language and profanity. 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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<p>Thomas should be equally well known for his courage. Perhaps what he said was impetuous—since he ran, like the rest, at the showdown—but he can scarcely have been insincere when he expressed his willingness to die with Jesus. The occasion was when Jesus proposed to go to Bethany after Lazarus had died. Since Bethany was near Jerusalem, this meant walking into the very midst of his enemies and to almost certain death. Realizing this, Thomas said to the other apostles, “Let us also go to die with him” (John 11:16b).</p> American Catholic Blog Slow down as you make the Sign of the Cross. Intentionally purify your mind and your heart, and ask God to strengthen you to carry his love to the world.

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