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Party Monster

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cautionary biopic charting the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of club kid-leader-turned-cold-blooded-killer Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin), a notorious New York party promoter arrested in 1998 for murdering his drug dealer. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the movie proves that all that glitters isn't gold, painting a tragic portrait of self-destructive behavior, at times both darkly humorous and disturbing to watch. Pervasive drug abuse, brief graphic violence, an implied homosexual encounter, several instances of partial rear nudity, as well as much rough and crude sexual language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



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Hilary of Arles: It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. In some ways, that was true for today’s saint. 
<p>Born in France in the early fifth century, Hilary came from an aristocratic family. In the course of his education he encountered his relative, Honoratus, who encouraged the young man to join him in the monastic life. Hilary did so. He continued to follow in the footsteps of Honoratus as bishop. Hilary was only 29 when he was chosen bishop of Arles. </p><p>The new, youthful bishop undertook the role with confidence. He did manual labor to earn money for the poor. He sold sacred vessels to ransom captives. He became a magnificent orator. He traveled everywhere on foot, always wearing simple clothing. </p><p>That was the bright side. Hilary encountered difficulty in his relationships with other bishops over whom he had some jurisdiction. He unilaterally deposed one bishop. He selected another bishop to replace one who was very ill–but, to complicate matters, did not die! Pope St. Leo the Great kept Hilary a bishop but stripped him of some of his powers. </p><p>Hilary died at 49. He was a man of talent and piety who, in due time, had learned how to be a bishop.</p> American Catholic Blog True freedom lies in the ability to align one’s actions freely with the truth, so as to achieve authentic human happiness both now and in the life to come. Jesus promised, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31–32).

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