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J THE GUARDIAKI; JUNE 25,, 982 PAGE. 7 12S 1 itol J film Prepared by ill (Columbia)... Stallone's second to, the law of returns comes clear-cut victory, not a knockout but more than a win on Whatever its short- as cinematic art, III" is just about as popular en- If anything, this recent foray of the Stallion is better than II." The carnage in though of briefer than in either of the films, is still very -- unrealistically so, as and this makes the mature fare and the U. S. Catholic to give it an A-III, , classification. The Picture Association of it PG, parental THE EX- (Univ- ..A boy (Henry finds a friend in a from outer space. Good entertainment from Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison, principal attraction is hrvelous E. T. himself, a but lovable, fellow with blue eyes Travel or Credit Cards Accepted Bob Peters Manager HORIZON AGENCY McCain Park Drive Rock, AR 72116 758-2211 REVIEW USCC Office for Film and created by special effects whiz Carlo Rambaldi. The story is a bit thin and Spielberg's obsession with gadgetry threatens to over- whelm everything at one point, but the happy ending should please everybody, especially youngsters. The U. S. Catholic Conference has classified it A-l, general patronage. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America has rated it PG, parental guidance suggested. POLTERGEIST (MGM-U- nited Artists) ...A suburban couple (Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson) find their cozy existence disturbed when a gnarled old tree reaches through a bedroom window and snatches away their young son. And when they rush outside to cope with this unprovoked dendro- aggression, certain airy spirits, released somehow from the television set by their five-year-old daughter, take the girl unto themselves. In order to get her back, the distraught parents call in a. bumbling team of para- psychologists, led by Beatrice Straight, who has the grace to seem embarrassed by the inane dialogue served up by writer-producer Steven Spielberg, aided by Michael Graise and Mark Victor. The direction is credited to Tobe Hooper, but the word is that Spielberg seems to have had much to do with that chore, too. After the para- psychologists fail, the family resorts to a midget medium (not a medium midget), who seems to get the job done in short order, but since Spielberg hasn't used all his special effects yet, there's another outburst, more violent if anti-climactic, before "Poltergeist" limps to its muddled conclusion. There are a few genuine thrills and chills at the beginning, but once Spielberg is forced to give some sort of explanation, the paucity of intelligence and consistency at work here becomes achingly apparent. The violence, though too strong for young children, is Blytheville Guide FARMERS Soybean Corp. Arkansas Blytheville, Robertson Distributing Co. BLYTHEVILLE BUDWEISER, MICHELOB & BUSCH BAVARIAN COURIER NEWS Blytheville, Ark. THE FARMER'S BANK & TRUST CO. "The Oldest Bank in Mississippi County" THE BEST IN BANKING SERVICE BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. Broadcasting. relatively restrained for the most part, but the inclusion of a gruesome sequence in- volving the graphic, bloody obliteration of a human face is inexcusable and the U. S. Catholic Conference has given the movie an O, morally of- fensive, classification. We're also given a benign look at Mom and Dad smoking marijuana at bedtime and two gratuitous bits involving the teen-age daughter, who is no more than 15 or 16. In one, she makes obscene gestures at some workman while her amused mother watches and in another, she lets slip that she's spent some nights at a nearby motel. FIGHTING BACK (Paramount)... This attempt at a thinking man's "Death Wish," directed by Lewis Teague from a script by Tom Hedley, is the story of an inner-city Italian-American (Tom Skerrit), who organizes his neighbors to fight crime. There are some glints of relative intelligence but, despite the muddled homage to the complexity of big-city ills and an attempt to give some sort of perspective, at the end everything comes down to the usual spasm of simplistic violence that solves all problems. Skerrit and Patti LuPone, as his wife, are wasted. Because of its resorting to an end-justifies- the-means morality, "Fighting Back" has been classified O, morally of- fensive, by the U. S. Catholic Conference. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated it R, restricted. HANKY PANKY (Columbia) ...A limp and tedious comedy-adventure, directed by Sidney Poitier and written by Henry Rosenbaum and David Taylor, in which a mild-mannered architect from Chicago, Gene Wilder, finds himself suspected of murder and pursued by all sorts of people with hostile intentions. Gilda Radner appears, ineffectively, as a mystery woman. Because of one yiolent scene involving the beating and murder of a woman and because of some strong language, the U. S. Catholic Conference has classified it A-III, adults, and the Motion Picture Association of America has rated it PG, parental guidance suggested. Dolores Curran Talks With Parents Nuclear Warfare and the Nuclear Family I SAT in the hushed audience in the packed cathedral and listened to Archbishop Hunthausen talk of his reaction to nuclear build-up and I had a feeling of deja vu. My mind went back 15 years to sitting in churches listening to talk of Viet Nam and becoming uncomfortable with having to face the reality of being morally responsible for what was going on there. It's so much easier if we can just pass that morality off onto leadership consciences. What did I know, after all, of what was going on in Viet Nam? I was busy with babies and family, intent on rearing as healthy a one as I could. What do I know today of what's going on in the nuclear arena or in El Salvador? Should I not "worry my pretty little head" over such issues, as the TV evangelist inveigled, or must I once again take the time, effort and prayer to learn and decide what my Christian response as an individual and as a parent should be? THIS TIME, I have more personal stakes, with three draftable young people in my family. I don't have the luxury of debating dispassionately the issue of sending other people's children off to fight in jungles or learning ever more sophisticated techniques for using nuclear weaponry. How do I counsel them in their patriotic duty if I'm not clear in my own mind of the moral consequences? I am angered at the outrageous deaths of the many nuns and priests in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, committed Christians who were serving in a non-War capacity because of their devotion to the peace and justice Jesus demands of us as followers. But anger at atrocity is an easier response HEADSCOLLEGE Radnor, Pa. (NC) -- Sister Eileen Currie of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, dean of students at Cabrini College in Radnor, has been chosen by the board of directors as the college's new president, succeeding Sister Mary Louise Sullivan July 1. Above Monument Gray Granite on 4ft. Base S00lQ00O0 IW I I Cemetery Lot-- 0CKEII NOIlUNENT CO. 3018 Oak Lane Acroos From Cloverleaf Plaza R. W. OCKER OWNER MARKERS FROM $50.00 INSTALLED than the complexities of nuclear build-up. Everyone knows those deaths are wrong. But is it wrong to become as strong as we can to deter a nuclear holocaust? I am running into Catholics everywhere who are begin- ning to question their role in encouraging or discouraging the nuclear build-up from a Christian perspective. The large crowd gathered to hear Archbishop Hunthausen, a courageous leader, tell of the pain involved in coming to his own decision to speak out for reason, testifies to this. liE NEITIIER called for followers or for Christian obstruction. He merely told his story, that if he is to take the gospels seriously, he must do everything he can to stop a nuclear exchange. I sense a frightening note today among Americans, that we probably will face a nuclear "incident" in our lifetime, a sense of helplessness in stopping what is inevitable. While facing and promoting more weaponry, we refuse to prepare for the consequences, as if it's too horrible to ponder. We've been entertained by movies of every conceivable disaster -- earthquakes, in- fernos, even invasion by killer rats -- but not to nuclear annihilation. Why not? If we're willing to produce nuclear weapons, shouldn't we be preparing for an Ar- mageddon? Praying at Mass, for example, that when it. comes, we will be ready to accept human extermination as God's will? ARCIIBISllOP Hunthausen referred to the Trident sub- marine with its 500 warheads, each five times as powerful as the bombs dropped at Hiroshima, as our modern Auschwitz. He believes that more weaponry will not lead us to peace but to war and when questioned about our need for deterrence, he said that as Christians we may have to choose being crucified over being crucifiers. I guess that's the tough question in the long run. Would I rather my children be on the shooting or receiving end of a nuclear holocaust? I haven't arrived at an honest answer to that, even in the hidden recesses of my heart. Either way, we all lose. And GOd created all of us. Nobody said taking Christianity seriously was going to be easy. , 1982 An Award Winner And A Good Agent To Know Like many businesses, the life insurance industry acknowledges outstanding performance with awards and honors. And New York Life Agents regularly gain more than their fair share. This isn't o matter of luck. it's o mottat of selection, education and dedication to excellence. 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