Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
Rating: R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language
What it’s about: A Navy SEALs team on a mission that goes terribly wrong
The kid attractor factor: Action and bloodshed and lots of it
Good lessons / bad lessons: Soldiers fight not just for a country and a cause, but for each other.
Violence: Almost constant
Language: Soldiers swear
Parents’ advisory: Extremely violent true story, OK for 13-and-up but most suitable for 16-and-ups.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES
Rating: R for pervasive language, some violence, graphic nudity and some drug use
What it’s about: Teenagers in Los Angeles battle demonic possession and try to master their new video camera as they do.
The kid attractor factor: More “Paranormal” goings-on with things that go bump in the night
Good lessons / bad lessons: Your old Simon (Says) toy can double as a ouija board, if there are demons about.
Violence: A bit, here and there, nothing that graphic
Language: Teenagers swear, especially those running from a demon.
Sex: Full nudity in a non-sexual situation, teens “hooking up”
Parents’ advisory: Jokey as it is, take the R-rating seriously. OK for mature 13-year-olds, but intended for older teens – 16 and up.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Rating: PG for some crude comments, language and action violence
What it’s about: A shy man who has always lived a more active fantasy life than a real one starts to act on those fantasies just as his job comes to an end.
The kid attractor factor: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and lots of crazy risks, including swimming with sharks and climbing mountains
Good lessons / bad lessons: “To see life, see the world.”
Violence: Moments of peril, played for laughs
Language: A couple of off-color remarks
Sex: Simple flirtation
Drugs: Alcohol is used, to excess.
Parents’ advisory: A family-friendly “seize life, live life” comedy, suitable for 8-and-ups
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements
What it’s about: Outcast samurai vow to avenge themselves on the ruler who caused the death of their master.
The kid attractor factor: Samurai swordplay, much of it by Keanu Reeves
Good lessons / bad lessons: “When a crime goes unpunished, the world goes unbalanced.”
Violence: Lots and lots, with beheadings, stabbings and slashings. Not terribly bloody, for all that.
Language: Quite clean
Sex: Forbidden love, a little kissing
Parents’ advisory: OK for 13 and up.