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Source: Catholic News Service

Mostly engaging science-fiction fantasy about a young brother and sister (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) who find a mysterious box filled with strange objects (including the titular toy rabbit) sent from the future that gradually sets them on a path that will save humanity, while their parents (Joely Richardson and Timothy Hutton) and science teacher (Rainn Wilson) marvel at the kids' newly found intelligence as well as the strange cosmic happenings that start to occur. New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye returns to his filmmaking roots for the first time since 1990 and proves a capable director, though the narrative -- adapted from Lewis Padgett's short story -- is an odd blend of New Age mysticism and Eastern mumbo jumbo -- albeit with an admirable pro-environment message -- but will hold the interest of kids and even their parents. A single use of a crude word, some mildly crass expressions, mild innuendo and an implied premarital situation. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.



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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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