Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some suggestive content
What it’s about: Thor must battle Dark Elves who plan to use a dark force to end the nine worlds as they converge.
The kid attractor factor: Big blond dude with the hammer, beating up other big dudes. And Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.
Good lessons/ bad lessons: Sometimes, a little treason is justified to ensure the greater good.
Violence: Lots and lots – bashings, throat slashings, stabbings and shootings.
Language: A healthy scattering of profanity, much of it from Kat Dennings.
Sex: Shirtless Thor and the ladies who admire that.
Parents’ advisory: Lighter-hearted than most comic book adaptations, suitable for 8-and-up.
ALL IS LOST
Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language
What it’s about: An old man sailing alone around the world is confronted with his mortality after his sailboat starts to sink.
The kid attractor factor: Peril at sea, problem solving when you’re the only one you can count on to save yourself.
Good lessons / bad lessons: As long as there is life, hope is never lost.
Violence: A bloody injury, the threat of drowning.
Language: One epic and justified swear word.
Sex: Not a hint.
Parents’ advisory: Young kids might find watching a movie with no dialogue a challenge, but this is certainly suitable for 10-and-up