Movie Review: Pompeii

NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Still more imagined there were no gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness for evermore," wrote the Roman author Pliny the Younger on the day after the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Movie Review Capsules for December 19

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

"American Hustle" (Columbia); "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (Paramount); "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" (Lionsgate); "Walking With Dinosaurs" (Fox).

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Those who subscribe to the "great man" theory of history — the idea that the optimum way to understand the past is to study the lives of key individuals — won't find a better example than South African dissident-turned-president Nelson Mandela.

(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)