NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Aug. 22. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.

Monday, Aug. 23, 5-8:45 p.m. EDT (AMC) "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013). Lively sequel in which a once-timid hobbit (Martin Freeman) continues his courageous quest to help a group of dwarves (led by Richard Armitage) recapture their ancestral mountain stronghold from the terrifying dragon (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) who displaced them. As he does so, the wizard (Ian McKellen) who originally chose him for this seemingly unlikely mission works to prevent larger, darker forces from consolidating their power. Director Peter Jackson's second installment in a trilogy of films based on Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel is -- like its 2012 predecessor, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" -- too intense for the smallest viewers. But most others will likely appreciate the peppier pace of his return to Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth as well as the implicit warnings against the corrupting influence of wealth and power that accompany it. Much vivid but bloodless action violence, some occult undertones, a brief instance of mildly sexual humor. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating was PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (Preceded by "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) 1-5 p.m. EDT and followed by "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (2014) 8:45 p.m.-midnight EDT.)

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6:30-8:15 p.m. EDT (Showtime) "The Haunting in Connecticut" (2009). Reasonably effective, allegedly fact-based chiller about a Catholic couple (Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan) who rent a former funeral home near the hospital where their teenage son (Kyle Gallner) is being treated for cancer, only to find themselves in a specter-ridden maelstrom, eventually turning for help to a clergyman (Elias Koteas) versed in the occult. While its efforts to place these supernatural goings-on within a larger spiritual and religious context may draw mixed reactions, director Peter Cornwell's old-fashioned spook story is understated and, though at times unsettling, largely free of bloodletting. Disturbing images, including charred and gory corpses, a couple of profanities. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating was PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 10 p.m.-midnight EDT (TCM) "Miracle in the Rain" (1956). Unabashedly sentimental tale of a World War II romance between a shy Manhattan secretary (Jane Wyman) and a genial, upbeat soldier (Van Johnson) whose death in combat leaves her devastated until seeing him in a vision on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Directed by Rudolph Mate from a story by Ben Hecht, the whirlwind romance is charmingly acted, then turns into a manipulative tearjerker with a spiritually uplifting ending satisfying romantics, though others may find it emotionally empty. Romantic complications and assorted domestic problems. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association.

Thursday, Aug. 26, 8-10 p.m. EDT (TCM) "Seven Faces of Dr. Lao" (1964). Diverting entertainment focusing on a traveling circus owned by the mysterious Dr. Lao (Tony Randall, who plays all seven "faces"), whose performances work strange effects on his audience in a town of the Old West. Director George Pal's fantasy has imaginative special effects, and its story should intrigue youngsters and amuse adults. The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version was A-I -- general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association. (Part of an all-day marathon of films featuring Randall, beginning with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1960) 6-8 a.m. EDT and concluding with "Island of Love" (1963) 4-6 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 27.)