Movie Capsules for January 23

Catholic News Service

1/23/2015

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

"American Sniper" (Warner Bros.)

Sober war drama based on Chris Kyle's 2012 memoir (written with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice) about his service as a Navy SEAL during the conflict in Iraq. As Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, gains a reputation as an expert sharpshooter, he wins the respect of his comrades, but also becomes a prime enemy target with a price on his head. The Texas native's insistence on returning to combat through four grueling tours of duty, moreover, predictably exacts a psychological toll and strains his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). Working from a script by Jason Hall, director Clint Eastwood successfully conveys the heroic personal commitment that motivated Kyle to protect his fellow fighters. Yet the film avoids any big-picture moral assessment of the specific struggle in which he participated or of armed clashes in general. Stylized violence with some gore, a scene of torture, a premarital situation, some sexual humor and references, several uses of profanity, constant rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

 

"Still Alice" (Sony Classics)

The real depredations of Alzheimer's disease and its toll on the families of the afflicted are not on display in this flawed drama about a Columbia University linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) who falls prey to the early-onset strain of the illness shortly after turning 50. While it features a sensitive and appealing performance by Moore, directors and co-writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's adaptation of Lisa Genova's 2007 novel fails to follow through on a number of its story lines, including the title character's preparation for the taking of her own life. Mature themes, including suicide, a few references to body functions, fleeting crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

 

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NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service:  "American Sniper" (Warner Bros);  "Still Alice" (Sony Classics)

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