Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Rating: PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality
What it’s about: A teenage girl doesn’t fit in any mold in a future where “faction” is everything. So she’s a threat to the powers that be.
The kid attractor factor: A hit young-adult novel in the “Hunger Games” mold – romance, action and female empowerment all in one sci-fi package.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “The future belongs to those who know they belong.” Conform, or be cast out.
Violence: Yes, PG-13 graphic.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: A budding romance, hearts aflutter and all.
Drugs: Hallucinogens are used for mind-probing purposes.
Parents’ advisory: Concocted for the “Hunger Games” demographic, this is a bit long and too violent for the very young – OK for 10-and-up.
Muppets Most Wanted
Rating: PG for some mild action
What it’s about: The Muppets are lured into a world tour so that a criminal mastermind and Kermit lookalike can pull off a series of capers.
The kid attractor factor: Muppets, Muppet action, with lots of star cameos.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “What we really want is sometimes not what we really need.”
Violence: Muppet-on-Muppet violence, explosions
Language: Russian-accented, but Disney clean
Sex: The pig plans to marry the frog, so there’s that.
Drugs: Don’t be silly.
Parents’ advisory: If your kids are into “The Muppets,” sit through this one with them. It’s aimed more at parents, but suitable for all ages.