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Skeleton Key, The


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Minor but effective hokum about a hospice care worker (Kate Hudson) hired to take care of a dying man (John Hurt) in a creepy Louisiana mansion, under the eye of a suspiciously protective wife (Gena Rowlands) and a slick estate lawyer (Peter Sarsgaard), as voodoo, curses and spells abound. Director Iain Softley's throwback to a fairly old-fashioned kind of horror film is often predictable, and some of the dialogue is laughable, though the cast gets points for playing it so straight. Intense suspense, violence including a blurred recreation of a mob lynching, mild profanity, scattered crude language, recurring occult elements and brief partial nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Denis and Companions: This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius. 
<p>The best hypothesis contends that Denis was sent to Gaul from Rome in the third century and beheaded in the persecution under Emperor Valerius in 258. </p><p>According to one of the legends, after he was martyred on Montmartre (literally, "mountain of martyrs") in Paris, he carried his head to a village northeast of the city. St. Genevieve built a basilica over his tomb at the beginning of the sixth century.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints share in God’s glory, for they are God’s new creation through Jesus Christ. This new creation radiates God’s glory, for God fills the saints with his grace. He shares his glory, his divine life, with those who are willing to receive it through the work and person of Jesus Christ.

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