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Forgettable sci-fi action thriller about a high-tech wizard (Ben Affleck) who, after working on a top-secret project for a shadowy corporation (run by Aaron Eckhart), has the past three years of his memory erased, only to find himself in the cross hairs of federal agents and corporate assassins, with just an envelope full of everyday items as clues to piecing together the puzzle of his past, which he deciphers with the help of a beautiful scientist (Uma Thurman) to whom he learns he is engaged. Despite an intriguing premise based on a story by cyber-pulp icon Philip K. Dick which explores the consequences of technology unfettered by morality, the film, directed by John Woo, never kicks into gear thanks primarily to its miscast lead, lackluster action sequences and preposterous plot twists which test viewers' suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Don't waste your paycheck. Recurring action violence and brief crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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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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