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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1

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Here’s a puzzler wherewith to bamboozle your friendly neighborhood canon lawyer: Is being undead an impediment to marriage? The question arises, of course, because the gothic sequel “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” (Summit) opens with the nuptials of its by-now iconic but nonetheless ill-assorted central pair.

For the benefit of those who may have been napping in their coffins for the past half-decade or so, we tarry to explain that said couple is composed of courteous bloodsucker Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and 18-year-old mortal Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a freshly minted high school grad.

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Ice-dancing penguins return in ‘Happy Feet Two’

November 18th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Movies Tags: ,

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Penguins are once again tap dancing at the bottom of the world in “Happy Feet Two,” the 3-D sequel to the 2006 movie which won the Academy Award for best animated film.

Director and co-writer George Miller returns for this mostly family-friendly musical adventure, which reinforces the themes of his first movie, including believing in yourself, embracing differences and finding your own path through life.

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‘Jack and Jill’ with twice as much Sandler is half-witted

November 11th, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags: , , , ,

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The sad arithmetic of the latest Adam Sandler offering “Jack and Jill” (Columbia) is that a double serving of its star — one in drag — adds up, in the end, to a half-witted comedy. Too crude for kids and too puerile for their elders, moreover, director Dennis Dugan’s grab bag of potty humor, harsh slapstick and pop-culture gags commands an appropriate audience of just about zero.

Sandler plays both titular characters — the former a successful Los Angeles advertising executive, the latter his well-meaning but irksome, Bronx-based twin sister. When Jill comes to town for her annual Thanksgiving visit, she warms the hearts of Jack’s dutiful wife Erin (Katie Holmes) and their duo of young’uns, son Gary (Rohan Chand) and daughter Sofia (Elodie Tougne).

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‘J. Edgar’ is a personal, political look at FBI founder

November 10th, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags: , , ,

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Over a career that began during World War I and endured almost until the era of Watergate, famed founding director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) battled communists, gangsters, Nazi spies, the Kennedys, the civil rights movement and (albeit reluctantly) the Mafia.

That’s a lot of time and a lot of conflict for one movie, which is perhaps why “J. Edgar” (Warner Bros.) — Clint Eastwood’s biographical drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the G-man many love to hate — registers, ultimately, as polished but taxing. All the more so since an attempt to reconstruct Hoover’s enigmatic personal life, a subject of much gossip then and considerable controversy now, is thrown into the mix as well.

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Video game review: ‘Madden NFL 12’ rated for adults and adolescents

November 4th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Movies, Youth Tags: , ,

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“Madden NFL 12” (EA Sports) puts professional football right into the hands of the player. The customizable features are seemingly endless in this latest installment of the franchise that originated with 1988’s “John Madden Football.” Gamers can create teams, players and even playbooks.

This year, “Madden” offers new features aimed at making the game as realistic as possible, from bidding on free agents to cutting players at the end of the preseason. Franchise mode allows fans to be at the helm of their favorite NFL team or to create their own team from scratch.

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‘Tower Heist’ is loud, crude and slapdash

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Workers at a luxury Manhattan apartment building plan to rob a felonious financier in the action-comedy “Tower Heist” (Universal).

What could have been a crowd-pleasing caper is marred by a steady stream of crude language. Though it features some amusing moments courtesy of a talented ensemble, the topical romp is also short-circuited by manic energy that comes across as more slapdash than extemporaneously madcap.

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Harold & Kumar return in anti-Catholic, blasphemous movie

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Viewers of faith beware: In its largely vain pursuit of laughs, the comedy sequel “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” (Warner Bros.) stoops not only to sexual excess but to anti-Catholic animus and even blasphemy.

The result — as written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson — is a consistently vulgar, intermittently loathsome insult to the holiday.

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Worth renting? Check out these ratings of movies on video, DVDs

November 3rd, 2011 Posted in Movies

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Here’s a list of home video releases of theatrical movies that Catholic News Service has rated on the basis of moral suitability.

These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account home video releases’ extra content.

The first symbol after each title is the CNS classification. The second symbol is the rating of the Motion Picture Association of America.

CNS classifications: A-I — general patronage; A-II — adults and adolescents; A-III — adults; L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; O — morally offensive.

MPAA ratings: G — general audiences. All ages admitted; PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children; PG-13 — parents 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.

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Cinema savvy: What’s this movie rated?

November 3rd, 2011 Posted in Movies

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Here’s a list of recent movies rated by Catholic News service on the basis of moral suitability.

The first symbol after each title is the Catholic News Service classification. The second symbol is the rating of the Motion Picture Association of America.
CNS classifications: A-I — general patronage; A-II — adults and adolescents; A-III — adults; L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; O — morally offensive.

MPAA ratings: G — general audiences. All ages admitted; PG — parental guidance suggested.
Some material may not be suitable for children; PG-13 — parents 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.

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Cat in hat and sword movie is rated A-1 and No. 1 at box office

October 31st, 2011 Posted in Movies Tags: , ,

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An exceptionally intelligent and energetic script that includes a moral lesson propels “Puss in Boots” (DreamWorks), a 3-D animated children’s feature that provides the back story of the fairy tale character as portrayed in the “Shrek” films.

Without being condescending and without adding snarky in-jokes likely to fly over the little ones’ heads, director Chris Miller and screenwriter Tom Wheeler combine imagery from fairy tales with a plot that makes Puss (voice of Antonio Banderas) a mischievous bandit.

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