Movie Review Capsules for May 2

Catholic News Service

5/2/2014

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

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Columbia)

Overstuffed but diverting 3-D comic-book sequel in which the title character, aka average teen Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), grapples with the conflict between his superhero mission and his desire to safeguard his girlfriend (Emma Stone), tries to solve the mystery of his parents' long-ago disappearance and battles a succession of villains (most prominently Jamie Foxx). He also has a fraught reunion with his best friend from childhood (Dane DeHaan) who's afflicted with a fatal hereditary disease. Giddy special effects and a lively pace help disguise the fact that director Marc Webb's follow-up to his 2012 reboot covers enough material for at least a movie and a half. Though the mostly stylized mayhem is too intense for little kids, the positive use to which the web-slinger puts his powers, together with a script that's virtually free of objectionable vocabulary, makes this acceptable for just about everyone else. Much action violence, including torture, a single crass expression, a mild oath. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

"The Quiet Ones" (Lionsgate)

Old-fashioned, reasonably satisfying chiller, set in 1974 England, in which an Oxford don (Jared Harris) hires a young amateur filmmaker (Sam Claflin) to document the experimental treatment he and two of his students (Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne) are carrying out on a mental patient (Olivia Cooke) who shows symptoms of demonic possession. Though the rationalist professor is out to prove that science can explain, and cure, his subject's condition, a series of unnerving experiences causes those around him to have their doubts. Writer-director John Pogue avoids an excess of gore. But Satanism plays a prominent role in his script, while faith is also dealt with, at least peripherally, in a way that might confuse youngsters. Richards' character, moreover, has clearly joined the bandwagon of the sexual revolution, though her bedroom antics are more often heard than seen. Occult themes, intermittent violence, some of it bloody, a casually physical relationship, flashes of upper female and rear nudity, a couple of uses of profanity and of rough language, a handful of crude and crass terms. 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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Movie review capsules for May 2: "The Amazing Spider-Man" (Columbia); "The Quiet Ones" (Lionsgate)

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