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Gothika

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Source: Catholic News Service

Stylish but formulaic psychological thriller about a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) who, after a cryptic roadside encounter with a mysterious girl, wakes up to find herself in an asylum and the prime suspect in the murder of her husband. While director Mathieu Kassovitz proves adroit at creating suspense and keeping the audience's ice-cold sweat on a slow drip -- eschewing buckets of blood in favor of a more suggestive spookiness -- it quickly becomes apparent that the film's eerie neo-gothic atmospherics are merely diversionary, distracting viewers' attention from the poverty of the script. Some gory violence, flashes of shadowy nudity, as well as an instance of rough language and occasional crude language and 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.



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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome: There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in 57-58 A.D.. 
<p>There was a large Jewish population in Rome. Probably as a result of controversy between Jews and Jewish Christians, the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in 49-50 A.D. Suetonius the historian says that the expulsion was due to disturbances in the city “caused by the certain Chrestus” [Christ]. Perhaps many came back after Claudius’s death in 54 A.D. Paul’s letter was addressed to a Church with members from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds. </p><p>In July of 64 A.D., more than half of Rome was destroyed by fire. Rumor blamed the tragedy on Nero, who wanted to enlarge his palace. He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians. According to the historian Tacitus, many Christians were put to death because of their “hatred of the human race.” Peter and Paul were probably among the victims. </p><p>Threatened by an army revolt and condemned to death by the senate, Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D. at the age of 31.</p> American Catholic Blog People are not perfect. But God does not only call upon great saints to reveal his love for the world. He also calls the broken and desperate. We are all called to act as God’s light in this darkening world.

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