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.
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.