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Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: July 6, 2010

Movies

Here are the latest capsule movie reviews from Catholic News Service (CNS). In addition to Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings, these reviews include faith-based CNS classifications and summaries of the key film elements on which the classifications are based. 

Reviews of hundreds of older films also are available on the USCCB Web site.

Click here to view a list of CNS classifications and MPAA ratings.


November 17, 2011
Paranormal Activity 3
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October 27, 2011
Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cross "Flipper" with "Rocky" and you get "Dolphin Tale" (Warner Bros.), an inspirational film about a perky mammal who, against mighty odds, overcomes her disability with the support of her loyal human friends.

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July 29, 2011
Friends With Benefits
Friends With Benefits

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Viewers familiar with the slang phrase "Friends With Benefits" (Screen Gems) will pretty well know what to expect from the central relationship in director and co-writer Will Gluck's thoroughly unromantic romantic comedy. 

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By John Mulderig/Catholic News Service
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July 29, 2011
Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens
By John Mulderig/Catholic News Service
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July 29, 2011
The Smurfs
The Smurfs

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Young children should giggle constantly through "The Smurfs" (Columbia), a comedy mixing animation and live action in which 3-D versions of the famous blue elves (only three apples high) leave their enchanted forest village to interact with an all-star cast in our world -- and get tossed around and squished like so many Nerf balls in the process.

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By Kurt Jensen/Catholic News Service
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June 15, 2011
Capsule movie reviews
Capsule movie reviews

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.

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May 18, 2011
'There Be Dragons'
'There Be Dragons'

NEW YORK -- What many people think they know about the Catholic spiritual movement Opus Dei likely comes -- unfortunately -- from the slanderous misrepresentations of it fobbed off on the public by author Dan Brown in his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code. Brown's fallacies, moreover, were only perpetuated by the 2006 screen version of his feverish fantasy, helmed by Ron Howard.

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By John Mulderig/CNS
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January 20, 2011
"Tron: Legacy"
"Tron: Legacy"

 NEW YORK (CNS) -- Welcome to "Tron: Legacy" (Disney), in which the elements of the briskly entertaining, unpretentious and prescient 1982 cult classic have been loudly updated and turned into a bloated, stultifying 3-D bore.

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By Kurt Jensen/ Catholic News Service
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January 19, 2011
"True Grit"
"True Grit"

 NEW YORK (CNS) -- With "True Grit" (Paramount) -- the second screen version of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same title, first adapted in a 1969 production helmed by Henry Hathaway and memorably starring John Wayne -- writer-directors (and brothers) Joel and Ethan Coen combine dramatic excellence and moral heft to create an exceptionally fine reimagining of the traditional Western

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ByJohn Mulderig/ Catholic News Service
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January 18, 2011
"Little Fockers"
"Little Fockers"

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Rather than focus on the next generation of Fockers, as its title implies, the second spawn of 2000's popular comedy "Meet the Parents" dwells on the infantile behavior of their elders

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By John P. McCarthy/Catholic News Service
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