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Sorry, Haters

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Source: Catholic News Service

Murky tale of a Muslim taxi driver (Abdellatif Kechiche) who picks up a distraught television executive (Robin Wright Penn) who takes an interest in his personal life, and offers to help him extricate his unjustly jailed brother, leading to bizarre complications he could not have imagined. Writer-director Jeff Stanzler has created a twisty film that aims to capture post-Sept. 11 anxieties, but fails to illuminate or fully satisfy dramatically. Penn gives a well-shaded and complex performance, and there's good work by Kechiche (his sometimes unintelligible accent notwithstanding) and Sandra Oh as Penn's business colleague, though the unpleasantness of the story will turn off many viewers. Rough and crude language, alcohol use, ethnic slurs, violence and sexual situations. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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<p>Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community. </p><p>“Love God, love God” was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poor—all the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the “Consoler of Naples.” He was canonized in 1996.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus, our crucified Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to see the ways in which we not only act out in selfishness, greed, or shortsightedness, but also in those ways we choose to ignore, forget, and step over aspects of our lives and others for which we need 
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