Movie Review: 'Left Behind'

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Catholic viewers will likely feel left out by "Left Behind" (Freestyle). In part, that's a good thing, since, in bringing the first in a series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins to the big screen, director Vic Armstrong has steered clear of the anti-Catholicism that characterized the overall saga's print version.

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.

(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)