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Where the Truth Lies

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Stylish but unnecessarily salacious retronoir murder mystery based on the novel by Rupert Holmes. A young celebrity journalist (Alison Lohman), in researching a tell-all book on a Martin and Lewis-like comedy team (Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon), attempts to uncover the real story behind their breakup 15 years earlier and the true circumstances surrounding the death of a female fan (Rachel Blanchard) whose body was found in their hotel suite, the scandalous fallout of which tainted their showbiz careers and ruptured their friendship. Despite outstanding performances by Firth and Bacon, artful production design and a sensuous score, director Atom Egoyan's film makes pretensions about the nature of truth and celebrity, but is essentially a glossy whodunit wrapped up in nostalgia and glamour and spiced with soft-core sleaze and gratuitous nudity for titillating effect, and in the end doesn't even deliver much suspense. Several strong sex scenes, including an orgy, a lesbian encounter and a menage a trois, full-frontal nudity, homoerotic themes, a suicide, drug content, a brutal beating, and sporadic rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Augustine of Canterbury: In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery in Rome. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul (France) when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. Augustine returned to Rome and to the pope who had sent them—St. Gregory the Great (September 3 )—only to be assured by him that their fears were groundless. 
<p>Augustine again set out. This time the group crossed the English Channel and landed in the territory of Kent, ruled by King Ethelbert, a pagan married to a Christian, Bertha. Ethelbert received them kindly, set up a residence for them in Canterbury and within the year, on Pentecost Sunday, 597, was himself baptized. After being consecrated a bishop in France, Augustine returned to Canterbury, where he founded his see. He constructed a church and monastery near where the present cathedral, begun in 1070, now stands. As the faith spread, additional sees were established at London and Rochester. </p><p>Work was sometimes slow and Augustine did not always meet with success. Attempts to reconcile the Anglo-Saxon Christians with the original Briton Christians (who had been driven into western England by Anglo-Saxon invaders) ended in dismal failure. Augustine failed to convince the Britons to give up certain Celtic customs at variance with Rome and to forget their bitterness, helping him evangelize their Anglo-Saxon conquerors </p><p>Laboring patiently, Augustine wisely heeded the missionary principles—quite enlightened for the times—suggested by Pope Gregory the Great: purify rather than destroy pagan temples and customs; let pagan rites and festivals be transformed into Christian feasts; retain local customs as far as possible. The limited success Augustine achieved in England before his death in 605, a short eight years after he arrived in England, would eventually bear fruit long after in the conversion of England. Augustine of Canterbury can truly be called the “Apostle of England.”</p> American Catholic Blog When we go through pain it is easy to feel abandoned or forgotten, but suffering doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us, He does. Even Jesus suffered, and He was completely without sin.

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