WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - The US bishops want concerned movie-goers to know that they will offer reviews of the new movie releases during the Christmas season, the Catholic Communications Campaign said on Thursday.

      Bishop Thomas Costello, chairman of the Bishops' Communications Committee, said: "Families might consider this our Christmas gift to them -- help in deciding which movies will enrich their family life or which promote ideas contrary to Christian values." Movie-goers can call the Movie Review Line at 1-800-311-4CCC to hear recorded movie reviews of the current leading box office attractions. The Communications Campaign said the movies are reviewed by the Office for Film and Broadcasting according to their suitability for all audiences (A1); adults and adolescents (A2); adults (A3); adults with reservations (A4); and morally offensive (O).

      Henry Herx, who developed the system, said "adults with reservations" would apply to a movie that "some might find objectionable, but treats the subject matter in such a way that it opens the material to better understanding."

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November 21, 1997 volume 8, no. 36         DAILY CATHOLIC