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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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All Saints: The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of "all the martyrs." In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended "that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons" (<i>On the Calculation of Time</i>). 
<p>But the rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost. </p><p>How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast, now recognized as a solemnity, in November is a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.</p> American Catholic Blog Touch can be an act of kindness when someone is dying. If you visit a sick person and find that you are at a loss for words, reach out and touch her hand.

 
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