Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
SAVING MR. BANKS
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images
What it’s about: P.L. Travers travels to Hollywood to oversee the filming of “Mary Poppins,” based on her book.
The kid attractor factor: Adults behaving rudely, and the testy process by which a movie of pure joy was concocted.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Happy stories are often written by very unhappy people as a way of coping.
Language: Quite tame.
Sex: Not a hint.
Drugs: Walt was never far from a lit cigarette, and one character is a drunk.
Parents’ advisory: This tale of the making of “Mary Poppins” into a movie will be over the heads of the very young, but is entirely suitable for 10-and-up, especially if they’ve seen “Mary Poppins.”
Rating: PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language
What it’s about: Two retired fighters are lured back into the ring for remuneration and revenge.
The kid attractor factor: Old guys making old guy jokes, taking swings at each other. And Kevin Hart.
Good lessons / bad lessons: You’re never too old to redeem yourself and repair the past.
Violence: It’s about boxing. So, yeah.
Language: A bit of profanity, here and there.
Sex: Infidelity is discussed; a little back-seat-of-the-Escalade action.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents’ advisory: Bloody, boozy, with a big bout in the finale, too adult for anybody under 10.