NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of March 19 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
Sunday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. – noon PDT (EWTN) "In Concert: Missa Solemnis." Fabio Luisi directs this festive performance in Dresden, Germany, celebrating the reopening of that city's Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).
Sunday, March 19, 8 – 11:02 p.m. PDT (Lifetime) "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006). Entertaining comedy-drama about an aspiring writer (Anne Hathaway) who takes a job as junior assistant to an imperious editor (a delicious Meryl Streep) at a high-powered fashion magazine, while her friends, including her boyfriend (Adrian Grenier), chide her for losing sight of her real values as she gets caught up in the competitive environment. Director David Frankel's handsomely photographed adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 best-seller is a fast-moving morality tale with a simple but commendable message about staying true to your ideals and not selling out, with good performances all around, including those of Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci. Admirably light on objectionable content. A couple of implied premarital situations (but no sex scenes), some crass expressions, brief profanity and innuendo, and a couple of uses of the S-word, making this inappropriate for younger adolescents. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Monday, March 20, 11 p.m. – midnight PDT (PBS) "The Bad Kids." Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe's documentary focuses on a remote Mojave Desert high school where educators help at-risk students build better futures. An "Independent Lens" presentation (TV-14 — parents strongly cautioned).
Tuesday, March 21, 3 – 5 p.m. PDT (TCM) "The Little Foxes" (1941). Engrossing adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play about a woman (Bette Davis) and her two brothers (Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid) who conspire to get the money needed for a business deal from her estranged but wealthy, seriously ill husband (Herbert Marshall). Directed by William Wyler and strikingly photographed by Gregg Toland, the post-Civil War drama centers on the Southern family's conniving among themselves and ultimately against each other, with Davis memorable as the shrewd, conscienceless wife. Fascinating portrait of self-defeating greed. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-II — adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Tuesday, March 21, 11 p.m. – midnight PDT (PBS) "Iraq Uncovered." This episode of the series "Frontline" explores the current state of Iraq as militias and the military fight for the future of the country.
Wednesday, March 22, 9:30 – 11:35 p.m. PDT (Showtime) "A Bronx Tale" (1993). Growing up in the 1960s, an Italian-American youth (Lillo Brancato) is torn between the decent values of his bus-driver father (Robert De Niro) and the easy-money life of the neighborhood crime boss (Chazz Palminteri) who treats him like his own son. Also directed by De Niro, the well-realized drama makes a convincing moral statement in its picture of a youth who comes to recognize the emptiness of dirty money and the deadly violence it spawns. Some violence, racial slurs, sexual references and much rough language. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Thursday, March 23, 3:30 – 5 p.m. PDT (EWTN) "Opening Mass of 24 Hours for the Lord." From the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, the opening liturgy of this Lenten observance. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States, is scheduled to serve as celebrant and homilist (TV-G — general audience).
Friday, March 24, 5 – 7 p.m. PDT (TCM) "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Dorothy rides her tornado to the magic land over the rainbow in director Victor Fleming's classic that skyrocketed Judy Garland's career and has given generations of families prime entertainment again and again. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was G — general patronage. All ages admitted.
Saturday, March 25, 7:05 – 8:55 p.m. PDT (Cinemax) "Michael Clayton" (2007). Potent legal drama focusing on a few days in the complicated life of the title character (George Clooney), a "fixer" for a high-powered law firm whose managing partner (Sydney Pollack) dispatches him to deal with the apparent nervous breakdown of the firm's top litigator (Tom Wilkinson) and with its effects on a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against an agrochemical corporation whose chief counsel (Tilda Swinton) is prepared to protect her company's interests by whatever means necessary. Writer-director Tony Gilroy's masterfully absorbing film begins at a gallop and the pace — driven forward by uniformly intense performances — never slackens. Much rough and crude and some crass language, frequent use of profanity and one scene of a female character in clinging underwear. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.