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Source: Catholic News Service

Uneven psychological thriller about a young air passenger (Rachel McAdams) en route to Miami who becomes an unwilling accomplice in a deadly assassination plot against a high-ranking government official orchestrated by the charming stranger (Cillian Murphy) sitting next to her on the plane, who coerces her cooperation by threatening to have her father back home in Florida killed if she refuses. Directed by Wes Craven, the initial takeoff is smart and suspenseful, but the film hits story turbulence midflight before nose-diving in the third act. Several instances of intense violence, including a graphic throat puncturing, as well as some crude language. 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 PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
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