Movie Review Capsules for November 8

Catholic News Service


NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.

"About Time" (Universal)

This romantic comedy, written and directed by Richard Curtis, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy about changing your destiny at will, to win the love of your life. On his 21st birthday, a young man (Domhnall Gleeson) is given a rather unusual present by his father (Bill Nighy): the knowledge that the men in the family can travel back in time. He uses this special gift to land a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), marry, and have a happy, perfect life. Unlike 1993's "Groundhog Day," where the hero betters himself as well as the world around him, "About Time" takes a more narrow view. The manipulation of others for selfish reasons, coupled with disrespect for the role of divine providence in one's life, may leave the viewer feeling empty rather than satisfied. Implied premarital sexual activity, brief nudity, several vulgar gestures, some sacrilegious humor and sexual innuendo, much profanity and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

"Thor: The Dark World" (Disney)

Wielding his mighty hammer, the "God of Thunder" returns with a vengeance in this rousing 3-D adventure, based on the popular Marvel Comics series and directed by Alan Taylor. This sequel to 2011's "Thor" and 2012's "The Avengers" finds our titular superhero (Chris Hemsworth) returning to Asgard, his home world, where his wayward brother (Tom Hiddleston) stands trial for war crimes. Back on Earth, Thor's erstwhile girlfriend (Natalie Portman) gets sucked into a vortex to the Dark World of the film's title, unleashing a chain of events that leads to battle. "Thor: The Dark World" assumes operatic proportions as it barrels towards a smash-bang conclusion that lays waste to multiple worlds, not to mention some lovely Georgian architecture in London. Parents should note that the violence is extreme at times and not for little ones. Intense but bloodless combat scenes, some scary sequences, and a few mild oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Movie Review Capsules for November 8: "About Time"(Universal); "Thor: The Dark World" (Disney)