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Moneyball

September 30th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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Those who believe America’s national pastime is more resistant to the corrosive effects of money than other pro sports will find equally persuasive ammunition and counterargument in “Moneyball” (Columbia).

Based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 book about baseball’s Oakland Athletics, this thinking person’s sports flick identifies how big bucks have negatively affected the grand old game in recent decades. Yet the fundamental problem is not just the exorbitant sums players are being paid. Rather, it’s that those funds are being irrationally allocated by those who ought to know better — owners, general managers, scouts and coaches.
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Drive

September 30th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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You’ll need a good road map to navigate the plot twists and turns of “Drive” (FilmDistrict), a dark, introspective drama about a self-absorbed loner who lives for the open road but unexpectedly finds his conscience along the way.

Despite stylish direction from Nicolas Winding Refn (“Valhalla Rising”), “Drive” ultimately suffers from an identity crisis, unable to decide whether it is an action movie, a love story, a slasher film or a morality tale. Turns out it’s a little bit of everything.

Ryan Gosling portrays the driver, who is aptly called Driver, a man of few words but master of the long, penetrating stare. His coolness quotient is off the charts, reminiscent of a young Steve McQueen.
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Dolphin Tale

September 30th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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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.

Based on a true story, “Dolphin Tale” has a refreshing motto for a Hollywood film — “Family is Forever” — and sends a rare but powerful pro-life message in its respect for persons — and animals — who are physically challenged.

Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) is 11 years old and depressed. He misses his dad, who has abandoned his mom, Lorraine (Ashley Judd). He’s also upset that his champion swimmer of a cousin, Kyle (Austin Stowell), a big brother to him, is also leaving, having enlisted in the Army.
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Abduction

September 30th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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Though presumably intended as a date movie for the high school set, the humdrum romantic adventure “Abduction” (Lionsgate) features scenes of violence and an amount of vulgar language that will likely give the parents of many a freshman and sophomore pause.

On the plus side, director John Singleton’s far-fetched expedition mostly eschews gore — though not some bone-crunching martial arts encounters — while the youthful couple at the heart of the story successfully resists the temptation to turn the unexpected journey they share as the movie unspools into a premature honeymoon.

Perhaps on that basis, some upperclassmen at least can hope for a parental green light.
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September list of recent movie ratings By Catholic News Service

September 30th, 2011 Posted in Movies

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Here is a list of recent films that Catholic News Service has rated 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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