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j.~icism and foul language. Belushi is no ~rny Stewart, but Caine adds a touch of j (~oodfellas - Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, 0e Pesci Gangster Drama - R (extremely ~lent and brutal, with the most obscene l guage I've ever heard in a film; immo- ~lity, bigotry, greed, adultery). Martin 0rsese has made a brilliant film in the !a~gory of The Godfather, but nothing new being said in this genre film, and it is e~ttrernely negative to the spirit, not to lllerltion the Italian/American community. thbt~erate Hours - Mickey Rourke, An- 0ny Hopkins. Suspense - R (brief nudity, ~ral profanities and obscenities, some lence). Escaped con holds a fan~ y has- Re. Remake of Humphrey Bogart s 1955 V~ion. ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 4, | 990 PAGE 7 placing the X rating with the designa- tion NC-17. Below is the full text of a statement issued by Bishop Edward J. O'DonnelL USCC Chair of the Committee on Communication, and Dr. Beverly Chain, Chair of the Communications Unit, National Council of Churches. In replacing its X category with the des- ignition of NC-17, the Motion Picture As- sociation of America has caved in to the commercial interests of those who are at- tempting to get sexually exploitative material into general theatrical release. We call upon the MPAA to reconsider its action. It is an arrogant and ill-advised decision which deeply affects the public good. It was made in isolation, without public consultation. The change is neither in the public interest nor in the best interest of the industry. We call upon members of the National Association of Theater Owners to refuse to book NC-17 movies, and upon newspapers and others to refuse to accept advertising for them. Changing the name of the X category does not change the nature of the mate al. The MPAA's action will be used by those who already are calling for government regulation of the media. That is unfortunate, because a voluntmy system of self-regulation that skirts Constitutional concerns, yet if- fords at least a minimum of protection to the public, is workable. With the likelihood of the screening of sexually explicit movies in local theaters looming, enforcement of the age restrictions in the rating system becomes even more im- portant than before. Consequently, we call upon local congregations and others within the communiq to monitor closely the enforce- ment of those restrictions by their theaters, not only for the newly contrived NC-17 rat- ing but for all other categories as well. like Conchita ($15 month) CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION For CHILDREN & AGING byaifie Heights - Melanie Griffith, ~Iichael Keaton Thriller - R (obscenity and ~?f~ity throughout, extreme violence, ".~'~. ~efnudity, revenge, promiscuity). A psycho " " '= ayoun unmamo, Founded and directed by ] ~arrow Margin - Gene Hackman, Ann ,,q pense-. (ob enitie,, phic CATHOLIC LAY PEOPLE. ek] ,_ =ence, corruption, theft). Bad guys out .~f | g t the evewitoess of a murder. ! ,.. emphis Belle- Matthew Modine. PG-13 YOUR $15 MONTHLY PROVIDES A NEEDY .]: | 'USually mild ribald language and teasing CHILD WITH: NOURISHING FOOD, MEDICAL ~,, | ~u~sldering the setting, implied illicit sex ,0S| intense battle scenes). True story of CARE,the chance to GO TO SCHOOL and HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. YOUR CHILD WILL 'e~ 'ull . I [ ;gh aviators during WWII. , I 8i.steards From The Fxlge - Meryl Streep, GROW IN THE DALLY KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S bc,l ,~lrley MacLaine. Comedy/Drama - R LOVE AND YOUR LOVE. 0gi 'l o a ' -curse w'r 's ra'wan R'raun . Little Conchita lives in asmall village in the moun- ..:Pt dn d uegmh t,)g.;a tains of Guatemala. Her house is made of cornstalks, ' You will receive a photo of your child, description of with a tin roof and dirt floor. Her father struggles to .:l - ry g t .fl -er domineering stage mother. Strong your child's country, family history, translated letters, support the family as a day laborer. Your concern can [ "a~t~lrug abuse message. &quarterly newsletters! make the difference in the lives of children like Conchita. | 2Uigley Down Under-Tom Selleck, Laura FOR THE CHILD WHO IS WAITING | Ciacomo. PG-13 (some violence, several r'Ji L Cenities). A western that takes place in Plus you will receive the personal satisfaction of You can make visible GOD'S LOVE. : | ;:AUstralian Outback. A script John Wayne helping a child in need. (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, have been proud to be a part of. Let the tittle children come unto me. Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Philip- ~!!eck does an outstanding job as the Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, , ~llat~ enual cowboy. -- Mark 10:14 pines, India, Kenya). 0 r~:~. more information on the newest theatrical ; ~'~e~ as well as suggested home videos, write 1 " = [----7 I would like to share my blessings with a I . ~ vie Reporter, Central Chnstzan Pub- ~i ~?~O~s, p.o. Box T178, Thousand Oaks, CA,I~ I I T 17. ) needy child. I I "' r-] [--] r-] A CHILD WHO MOST l i I would like to sponsor a boy girl NEEDS MY HELR i: athollc leaders II l am enclosing I--] *15 for first month I--I *45 for three months. III riticize NC- 17 u] $90 for six months $180 for the entire year i Jl.'l ._ ashin on- In a taint statement, II [---] I cannot sponsor a child at this time, but l enclose my gift ofII * tO be used for the EMERGENCY FUND for Children. I s Cathlic Cnference (USCC) andl t .rnuni ation leaders of the United II Please send me more information on sponsoring a child.LIT I111419011 "[ National Council of Churches said the Motion Picture Asso- I NAME I Iti n of America "has caved in to the I ; i raercial interests of those who are II ADDRESS i | pting to get sexually exploitative I CITY. STATE ZIP I ! rial into general theatrical release." I Mal heka payable to: CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION FORCHILDREN & AGING (CFCA) ,i [ he communication leaders urged / Member: U.S. Catholic Mission Association*NationalCatholic DevelopmentConference II | I IPAA to reconsider its action re- [___ ...... _'Cathli_. __l 5 ti.n'Fina_nda/re__mrt__avai. hblenrexlu=t l