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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


Source: Catholic News Service

Welcome return of the iconic action adventure series -- nearly 20 years after the third installment -- as the intrepid archaeologist (Harrison Ford still in fine physical fettle) sets out to find and restore a mystical head to its rightful place in Peru assisted by an old flame (Karen Allen), her motorcycle rebel son (Shia LaBeouf), a duplicitous mercenary (Ray Winstone) and a dotty professor (John Hurt), with the Russians led by an icy agent (Cate Blanchett) in hot pursuit. Director Steven Spielberg rousingly captures much of the spirit of the earlier films and, some occasional curse words and intense violence aside, the film makes generally unobjectionable viewing for older teens and up. Intense nongraphic action violence, a few crude expletives, and an implied past premarital relationship. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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