Movies

'Son of God' movie 'a love story,' say husband-wife producers

Diogo Morgado stars in a scene from the movie "Son of God." The upcoming movie should be seen as "a love story," according to two of its executive producers, the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

WASHINGTON  — The upcoming movie "Son of God" should be seen as "a love story," according to two of its executive producers, the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

"This really is a love story -- the greatest love story ever told," Downey said.

The couple brought the 10-hour miniseries "The Bible" to television last year, garnering sizable ratings on the History cable channel.

Among those 10 hours was the story of Jesus. But Burnett and Downey decided even before the miniseries was televised that they would make a separate movie focusing on Jesus.

Much violence in latest film offerings

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

'Django Unchained'

Movie Ratings | Variety of films, but few for kids

NEW YORK -- The following are capsule reviews of movies by Catholic News Service.

'2016: Obama's America'

New releases include no child-friendly films

Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner star in a scene from the movie “The Bourne Legacy.” The Catholic News Service classification is adults.

NEW YORK -- The following are capsule summaries of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.

'The Bourne Legacy'

'The Hunger Games' isn't really a teen movie

Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth star in a scene from the movie “The Hunger Games.” The Catholic News Service classification is adults.

NEW YORK -- Though presumably targeted -- at least in part -- at teens, the dystopian adventure "The Hunger Games" involves enough problematic content to give parents pause. Responsible oldsters will want to weigh the matter carefully before giving permission for clamoring kids to attend.

At first glance, the depressing futuristic premise of the piece -- inherited from Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of novels, on the first volume of which the film is based -- makes it seem unlikely fare for a youthful audience.

'October Baby' presents strong pro-life message

Co-director/writer/producer Joe Erwin worked on location with actress Rachel Hendrix in a scene from the new pro-life movie, "October Baby."

When Jon Erwin first heard the term "abortion survivor" he was shocked.

"I didn't know those two words ever went together," said Erwin, a writer-director-producer who has been working behind the cameras with his brother Andrew since high school."I heard Gianna Jessen speak. She's an abortion survivor. I never knew there were any."

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