Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
THIS IS US
Rating: PG for mild language
What it’s about: The lads of One Direction go on tour, bond and reminisce about how they were brought together to form a band.
The kid attractor factor: It’s 1D, on stage and backstage.
Good lessons/bad lessons: You’re never too young to learn not to take yourself seriously.
Language: Mildly profane Brit-slang.
Sex: A lot of shirtless scenes, an onstage pantsing.
Drugs: None at all.
Parents’ advisory: Teen and tweenage girl-friendly in the extreme, with nothing that would offend any grandmothers in the audience. Suitable for all ages.
Rating: PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language
What it’s about: A disgraced race car driver is blackmailed into performing a series of stunts, chases and getaways by a manipulative criminal mastermind.
The kid attractor factor: Selena Gomez, riding along with Ethan Hawke in a Shelby Mustang Super Snake and complaining the whole time.
Good lessons/bad lessons: If your car is stolen, don’t try to get it back on your own.
Violence: Quite a bit, lots of car crashes and shooting, but not much blood.
Language: A little profanity here and there.
Drugs: Martinis are downed, olives are devoured
Parents’ advisory: You may have to take the car keys away from older teens after this one, but still suitable for 10-and-up.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content
What it’s about: A teenager learns her genetic destiny – as a descendant of a family that defends the world from demons.
The kid attractor factor: Lily Collins starring in the first of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novels to hit the screen.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “To love is to destroy.”
Violence: Quite a lot of it, some of it bloody.
Language: A teensy bit of profanity.
Sex: Flirting, jokes about character’s homosexual or bisexual tendencies.
Drugs: Alcohol is sipped.
Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough for the books, they’re old enough for the movie. OK for 12-and-up.
Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language
What it’s about: A young tech nerd finds himself the object of a deadly tug of war between two cellphone moguls.
The kid attractor factor: Liam “Hunger Games” Hemsworth chasing Amber Heard and trying to outsmart Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “You have to fit in to get in.”
Violence: Yes, a little blood.
Language: Some profanity.