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Review | ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’

NEW YORK — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.

Movie capsules | Quality marks film releases this Christmas

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star in a scene from "Les Miserables," the big-screen adaptation of the long-running stage show. The Catholic News Service classification is adults.

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

'Les Miserables'

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.

Innovation becomes tradition: 2011's top 10 films, best family films

Jean Dujardin stars in a scene from the movie “The Artist.”

NEW YORK -- In late 1965, the three-decade-old National Legion of Decency announced that it was changing its name to the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures.

That switch represented more than just altered terminology. It signaled an intent on the part of the U.S. Church's officially sanctioned film agency to take a more open and positive -- though by no means uncritical -- approach in its assessment of cinema.

In keeping with this new emphasis, that same year, the film office issued its first list of the 10 best movies released over the previous 12 months.

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