Movie Reviews:

‘The Giver’ shows us a dystopic world where life is dehumanized and love is lost

The-Giver-Poster-BUTTON.jpgA film promoter recently invited me to watch an advance screening of the new science-fiction film, The Giver, and said the movie had a strong pro-life message. I admit I was a bit skeptical at first, wondering how any sci-fi film coming out of Hollywood could contain a pro-life message. But I was curious enough to check it out. The movie is based on the book of the same name, by Lois Lowry, which won the 1994 Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” It has sold more than 10 million copies.


Movie Review Capsules for August 8

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service:  "Calvary" (Fox Searchlight); "Get On Up" (Universal); "The Hundred-Foot Journey (Disney); Ïnto the Storm"(Warner Bros. ); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"(Paramount)


Movie Review Capsules for July 25

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service: "And So It Goes" (Clarius); "Boyhood" (IFC); "Lucy" (Universal)


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(CNS) Catholic News Service:

A-I — general patronage
A-II — adults and adolescents
A-III — adults
A-IV — adults, with reservations
L — limited adult audiences, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling
O — morally offensive (MPAA)

Motion Picture Association of America:

G — general audiences, all ages admitted
PG — parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children
PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
R — restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
NC-17 — no one 17 and under admitted (age limit may vary in certain areas)