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Running Scared

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Source: Catholic News Service

Excessively brutal crime drama about a low-level member of New Jersey Mafia crew (Paul Walker) whose ill-fated decision not to dispose of an incriminating gun has disastrous consequences when his son's best friend (Cameron Bright) steals it, touching off a frantic search for the weapon and setting in motion a cycle of escalating violence involving Italian mobsters, Russian gangsters, a corrupt cop (Chazz Palminteri) and pedophile predators. Beyond its visual slickness, writer-director Wayne Kramer's after-hours tour of Jersey's sleazy underbelly is an obscenity-soaked, one-note symphony of bloody mayhem that assaults viewers unrelentingly from its gratuitously grisly opening gunfight to its equally over-the-top climax. Pervasive strong and graphic violence, including gory shootings and beatings, scenes of child and spousal abuse, suggested pedophilia, a vulgar simulation of oral sex involving shadowy, partial, frontal female nudity and brief rear male nudity, full-frontal female strip-club nudity, drug content and nonstop rough and crude language, as well as profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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Cyril of Alexandria: Saints are not born with halos around their heads. Cyril, recognized as a great teacher of the Church, began his career as archbishop of Alexandria, Egypt, with impulsive, often violent, actions. He pillaged and closed the churches of the Novatian heretics (who required those who denied the faith to be rebaptized), participated in the deposing of St. John Chrysostom (September 13) and confiscated Jewish property, expelling the Jews from Alexandria in retaliation for their attacks on Christians. 
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