Movie Review Capsules for September 18

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service: The Maze Runner" (Fox;,  "No Good Deed" (Screen Gems); "This is Where I Leave You"(Warner Bros.); "The Trip to Italy"(IFC); "Tusk"(A24); "A Walk Among the Tombstones" (Universal).

‘When the Game Stands Tall’ offers lessons in humility

WTGST-Poster-BUTTON.jpgYou may have seen movie trailers for When the Game Stands Tall, which opens in 2,500 theaters across the country Aug. 22. The new TriStar Pictures release is a true story about a high school football program that achieved phenomenal success with 12 perfect seasons and a string of 151 consecutive victories. The winning streak remains unequaled by any team in American sports history and landed the Spartans of De La Salle Catholic High School in Concord, California, and head coach Bob Ladouceur in the record books. None of that, however, is what this movie is really about. This is an inspirational film about a coach who draws up a game plan that involves boldly facing fears and remaining humble in the process. The scoreboard is secondary.

‘The Giver’ shows us a dystopic world where life is dehumanized and love is lost

The-Giver-Poster-BUTTON.jpgA film promoter recently invited me to watch an advance screening of the new science-fiction film, The Giver, and said the movie had a strong pro-life message. I admit I was a bit skeptical at first, wondering how any sci-fi film coming out of Hollywood could contain a pro-life message. But I was curious enough to check it out. The movie is based on the book of the same name, by Lois Lowry, which won the 1994 Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” It has sold more than 10 million copies.

(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)