Gertie (Drew Barrymore) says goodbye to her friend from outer space in the rerelease of the 20-year-old film "E.T. The Extraterrestrial." The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. (CNS photo from Universal Pictures)
Catholic News Service
The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of June 9. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
Sunday, June 9, 10:04 a.m.-12:32 p.m. EDT (AMC) "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). Ugly-duckling fable in which a boy (Henry Thomas) befriends a stranded alien creature from outer space and helps him return to his home. Director Steven Spielberg fashions an inspiring image of youthful innocence and courage in a story that some may find overly sentimental. Nevertheless, the childlike fantasy conveys some genuine emotion and a message of trust and peace that the family might enjoy sharing. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Monday, June 10, 8-10:45 p.m. EDT (AMC) "The Mummy" (1999). Spirited horror adventure set in 1920s Egypt where a treasure hunting Yank (Brendan Fraser) and an archaeological librarian (Rachel Weisz) inadvertently revive a 3,000-year-old mummy (Arnold Vosloo) whose evil powers of destruction seemingly know no bounds. Writer-director Stephen Sommers stuffs the lavishly shot action movie with spooky special effects and a comical tone that generally adds up to rousing, old-fashioned entertainment. Recurring stylized violence, and fleeting partial nudity. The Catholic News Service classification of