Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Rating: R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content.
What it’s about: The bullied daughter of a religious fanatic gets even at prom.
The kid attractor factor: It’s a high school revenge fantasy starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Mend your bullying ways before it’s too late.
Violence: Yes, and quite bloody.
Language: Teenagers and teachers curse.
Drugs: Alcohol is discussed.
Parents’ advisory: Decidedly anti-bullying, it’s still the violent “Carrie” you remember from the ’70s. OK for 15-and-up.
Rating: R for violence and language throughout
What it’s about: A security consultant and his new prison buddy try to figure out a way to escape from a new escape-proof prison.
The kid attractor factor: Action, and lots of it, starring guys old enough to be your grandfather.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Always have a Plan B.”
Violence: Stabbings, shootings, neck-snappings.
Language: In prison, there is profanity.
Sex: Not in this prison.
Parents’ advisory: Too violent for young children, but far more responsible than your average “Expendables” or “Last Man Standing.” OK for 13-and-up.
THE FIFTH ESTATE
Rating: R for language and some violence
What it’s about: A young computer hacker is enlisted to join Julian Assange’s crusade to end government and big business secrecy on the Internet.
The kid attractor factor: Hacker intrigues, online crisis management, and Benedict Cumberbatch
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth.”
Violence: More implied than overt.
Sex: Nothing graphic, but famous online freedom of speech crusaders do hook up, occasionally.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed at parties.
Parents’ advisory: If they’re old enough to recognize the international anarchist’s symbol, they should understand this. Suitable for 15-and-up.