NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of July 18. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.

Sunday, July 18, 12:30-3 p.m. EDT (Showtime) "Contact" (1997). Visually impressive sci-fi movie based on Carl Sagan's 1985 novel about a radio astronomer (Jodie Foster) who receives an extraterrestrial communication with a blueprint for building a spacecraft capable of transporting one human to travel to the aliens' distant habitat. Director Robert Zemeckis focuses on the obsessed astronomer's determination to be the one selected for the flight while also touching on the scientific and spiritual implications of intergalactic life. Some sexual innuendo and fleeting violence. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating was PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

Tuesday, July 20, 10 p.m.-12:15 a.m. EDT (TCM) "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957). Fluffy roman-tic comedy from Terence Rattigan's play about the urbane regent (Laurence Olivier) of a Balkan kingdom who arrives in London for the 1911 coronation of George V and falls for a dizzy American chorus girl (Marilyn Monroe). Also directed by Olivier, the contrast between the cynical prince and the not-so-innocent starlet is obvious but fun, with some witty jabs at stuffy English characters (notably Richard Wattis) and daffy asides by the Balkan Queen Mother (Sybil Thorndike who steals every scene she's in). Sexual situations and innuendo. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III — adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association.

Friday, July 23, 8-10 p.m. EDT (TCM) "Blood Simple" (1985). A young wife (Frances McDormand) runs away from her Texas saloon owner husband (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M. Em-met Walsh) to kill both her and her lover. Joel and Ethan Coen's cleverly plotted, well-acted tale of love, hate and vengeance in which nothing works out as the hapless characters intended, proves to be a work of somber, quirky brilliance, with glints of black humor. Some bloody violence subordinated to plot and characterizations. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association rating was R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Friday, July 23, 8-10:03 p.m. EDT (Lifetime) "The Proposal" (2009). To avoid being deported back to Canada, a hard-driving New York book editor (Sandra Bullock) coerces her brow-beaten executive assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into getting engaged, but the hostility underlying their charade of love mellows during a visit to his parents' (Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson) Alaska home for his grand-mother's (Betty White) 90th birthday. Brief interludes of questionable humor and a largely predictable plot aside, director Anne Fletcher's effervescent romantic comedy is mostly a valentine to family affection and against-the-odds ardor. Implied premarital sexual activity, fleeting nudity, some sexual humor, a couple of crude and a dozen crass words, at least two uses of profanity. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating was PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Saturday, July 24, 9:16 p.m.-12:16 a.m. EDT (AMC) "Only the Brave" (2017). Heartbreaking true story of the "Granite Mountain Hotshots," the elite Arizona firefighting team which raced into a raging inferno in 2013 to save a neighboring town from destruction. Their leader (Josh Brolin) has honed his 20-member crew into a well-oiled machine with the assistance of his right-hand man (James Badge Dale). During a recruitment drive, an unlikely candidate (Miles Teller) appears, intent on turning away from a dissolute life to join the group. In adapting a magazine article by Sean Flynn, director Joseph Kosinski deftly juggles the intimate stories of the men's personal lives (Jennifer Connelly plays Brolin's wife) with grand set pieces which evoke the sheer terror and destructive force of the flames they battle. Although the ending is well known, the impact is no less profound on screen, and the striking real-life examples of heroism, brotherhood and self-sacrifice are both timely and inspiring. Scenes of extreme peril, mature themes, drug use, brief rear male nudity, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, several uses of profanity, pervasive crude language, some sexual banter, obscene gestures. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating was PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Saturday, July 24, 10:16 p.m.-12:10 a.m. EDT (Cinemax) "Bordertown" (2008). Worthy but bleak investigative drama in which, at the behest of her editor (Martin Sheen), a Chicago reporter (Jennifer Lopez) travels to Juarez, Mexico, to uncover the truth about a series of rapes and murders committed against female factory workers and, uniting with a former colleague and old flame (Antonio Banderas) as well as a wealthy local humanitarian (Sonia Braga), tries to protect the young survivor (Maya Zapata) of one such attack. Writer-director Gregory Nava's film, inspired by true events, is absorbing, despite some melodramatic elements and an oversimplified indictment of globalization. Brutal rape and at-tempted rape, nonmarital sexual activity, rear and upper female nudity, graphic images of blood and corpses, some rough, crude and profane terms and occasional crass language. The Catholic News Ser-vice classification of the theatrical version was L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic con-tent many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association rating was R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.