Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate for younger viewers.
Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language
What it’s about: An accident during a spacewalk strands two astronauts in orbit.
The kid attractor factor: Science fiction that isn’t far beyond the realm of the possible, the realistic terrors of space.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Don’t give up, because “There’s always something you can do.”
Violence: Deaths, corpses in zero gravity
Language: People under duress curse. On Earth or in space.
Sex: None, though Sandra Bullock has a “suit up” moment.
Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense for younger children, entirely suitable for 10-and-up.
Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use
What it’s about: Formula One racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda battle on and off the track in the swinging ’70s.
The kid attractor factor: Fast cars, one of them driven by Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Good lessons / bad lessons: “A wise man gets more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
Violence: High speed crashes, grisly after-effects
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Olivia Wilde plays James Hunt’s girlfriend, so guess.
Drugs: It was the ’70s, so yes.
Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to be into cars and the opposite sex, they might enjoy this period piece. Suitable for 13-and-up.
Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality
What it’s about: A mob family in the witness protection program wreaks havoc in a small French town.
The kid attractor factor: Funny/violent mobsters and mob teens, including that hot blonde from “Glee!” (Dianna Agron).
Good lessons/ bad lessons: “Asking politely with a gun in your hand is better than asking politely with nothing.”
Violence: Graphic, sometimes grisly, excessive.
Language: Lots of mob-friendly profanity.
Sex: Yes, fairly explicit, too.
Drugs: Yes, prescription drug abuse is implied, with booze and cigarettes too.
Parents’ advisory: Incredibly violent, with mortal violence played for laughs. Take the R rating seriously, suitable for 16-and-up.