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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana N( -- On The Record-- TRYING TIMES The problems of love By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST Baby I'm so glad you're here/'Cause I have so many/Things to tell you/So many things/To talk to you about/'Cause you're the strength/I hold on to/And I hope I'm the strength/That you hold on to/So we can strive together/And be perfect Till death do us part The night's gone/The morning's here/And soon it's time/To talk about/Where we stand/And where we plan/To be in life long years/I need to know/I keep crying tears ofjoy/I guess that's what/You're put here for/To change these tears of pain/To tears of happiness REFRAIN Through these trying times/Trying to get the best of me/I'm still finding time/TO show I care With my crying eyes/I see contentment/Be- cause of you i Trials and tribulations/Build up walls/In front of faces/Made of stone/Yet we stand strong enough/To break the walls down/To journey on/But I know if we just/Bond our hearts/There will be nothing/That will stand in our way/And weql be together/Forever and a day REPEATREFRAIN Written by Wanya Morris/Tim Kelley/ Bob Robinson Sung by Boyz II Men Copyright (c) 1994, Anyaw Publishing/Ensign Music CorpJ Bee & Tee Music/Butter Jinx Music (BMI) Is the era of the rock love ballad dead? Some reviewers say that grunge and the newer forms of rock have taken over. If so, someone better tell Boyz II Men. Their soft, romantic sound continues to take cassingles to the top of the charts. Off their best-selling CD "Boyz II Men II" is "Trying Times." I liked the approach that the lyrics encourage us to take toward problems and challenges in a romance. The guy in the song realizes that current problems are "trying to get the best of me," and presumably, sink his romance. Yet he believes that "we stand strong enough to break the walls down to journey on." He looks forward to a future when nothing "will stand in our way and we'll be together forever and a day." He speaks about how "I'm still finding time to show that I care." When disagreement or con- flict erode love's harmony, acts of caring sustain hope and help a couple get through a trying time: Acts of caring clarify that the hurt between them not the only thing happening. Each person's caring gestures state, "I love and will not give up on the good that we bring other's lives." Look for specific ways to make your a little better. Or use your caring to initiate ity that is likely to bring a little fun or humor shared time. Both of you can enjoy this time even though there are unresolved areas tionship. Another powerful way to show that you pray for the other person. Ask God to guide choices as both of you try to attain a fa: problems. Pray that both of you will be the: highest good, no matter what the outcome tionship. None of us can predict with certainty what course a relationship will take. Also, it can that as two people get to know other better also know they're not meant for each other. encountering problems in ways mean that love is slipping away. In fact, continuing care and respect for each other often leads to a confidence about the of the love. Don't give up solely because can be a challenge. (Your comments are address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, RoCk': port, IN 47635.) At the movies: Current reviews NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. Double Dragon" (Gramercy) Popcorn action fantasy set in the post-earthquake ruins of 2007 Los Angeles where two brothers (Mark Dacascos and Scott Wolf) use their martial- arts skills in the struggle to keep an archcriminal (Robert Patrick) from obtaining both halves of an ancient Chinese medallion with superhuman powers. Directed with tongue- in-cheek gusto by James Yu- kich, the young heroes have a jolly time cracking skulls in the gang-ridden streets of the devastated movie capital while on the run from the chief nasty, but the simple-minded action and video-enhanced im- agery grow tiresome long be- fore the brothers' inevitable victory, as might be expected from a movie based on a video game. Considerable martial arts violence and much men- ace. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture As- sociation of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. , "Mary Shelley's Franken- Stein" (TriStar) Opulent version of the hor- ror classic in which the ob- sessed Dr. Frankenstein (Ken- neth Branagh) lives to regret his reanimation experiment when the hideous but intelli- gent creature (Robert De Niro) sadly but savagely wreaks re- venge on his creator, with some surprising -- if gruesome -- departures from the origi- nal. Also directed by Branagh, the suspenseful treatment al- ternates the horrific with the doctor's impassioned love for his beautiful adopted sister (Helena Bonham-Carter), thereby adding a human di- mension to the old science- tampering-with-nature story, a cautionary fable of continuing relevance in an age of genetic engineering. Some intense and gory violence as well as brief shadowy nudity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A- IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "Stargate" (MGM) Woodenly acted sci-fi tale in which an Egyptologist (James Spader) accompanies a mili- tary reconnaissance team (led by Kurt Russell) to another planet where they discover an enslaved civilization whose evil ruler (Jaye Davidson) is pre- pared to destroy the visitors and explode their mother planet. Director Roland Em- merich relies on lavish produc- tion design and exceptional special effects to maintain in- terest in a derivative story that depends on tired movie cliches to advance its jumbled narra- tive. Some physical brutality, stylized shootouts, fleeting sex- ual innuendo and an instance of profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A- III-- adults. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is PG-13 n parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "The War" (Universal) k'0 Affecting anti-war parable set in 1970 rural Mississippi where a guilt-ridden Vietnam vet (Kevin Costner) encourages his young son and daughter (Elijah Wood and Lexi Ran- dall) to befriend rather than fight neighborhood bullies who are trying to take over his youngster's prized treehouse. Handsomely shot and deli- cately acted, director Jon Avnet connects the children's increasingly physical skir- mishes with the wartime expe- riences of the emotionally scarred father, but the movie suffers from the script's stri- dently preachy tone as the two children learn valuable life lessons from caring parents. Flashbacks of battlefield vio- lence, escalating juvenile vio- lence and menace as well as minimal profanity. 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