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Unlikely crime thriller is a compelling character study about a Midwestern town's golden-boy athlete (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), brain-damaged after a car accident and guilt-wracked over the death and injury of his friends, persuaded to serve as lookout for a bank heist, with first-rate performances by Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher. Writer and first-time director Scott Frank admirably shows us the sordid reality of criminal behavior, and offers a redemptive message of how, paradoxically, letting go of the past and forgiving yourself can help you rediscover your true self. Nongraphic premarital encounters, sexual innuendo and banter, violence including shootings and murder in self-defense, a brief violent car crash, fleeting rear nudity, skimpy female attire, drug and alcohol use, pervasive rough and crude language, crass expressions and some profanity. 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. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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Raymond Lull: Raymond worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa. 
<p>Raymond was born at Palma on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea. He earned a position in the king’s court there. One day a sermon inspired him to dedicate his life to working for the conversion of the Muslims in North Africa. He became a Secular Franciscan and founded a college where missionaries could learn the Arabic they would need in the missions. Retiring to solitude, he spent nine years as a hermit. During that time he wrote on all branches of knowledge, a work which earned him the title "Enlightened Doctor." </p><p>Raymond then made many trips through Europe to interest popes, kings and princes in establishing special colleges to prepare future missionaries. He achieved his goal in 1311 when the Council of Vienne ordered the creation of chairs of Hebrew, Arabic and Chaldean at the universities of Bologna, Oxford, Paris and Salamanca. At the age of 79, Raymond went to North Africa in 1314 to be a missionary himself. An angry crowd of Muslims stoned him in the city of Bougie. Genoese merchants took him back to Mallorca, where he died. Raymond was beatified in 1514.</p> American Catholic Blog Let’s not forget these words: The Lord never tires of forgiving us, never. The problem is that we grow tired; we don’t want to ask, we grow tired of asking for forgiveness.

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