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    Jennifer Connelly is Naameh and Russell Crowe is Noah in “Noah.”

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    Miss Piggy and Foo-Foo are on their way in “Muppets Most Wanted.”

Family Watch: ‘Noah,’ ‘Captain America’ both OK for 8 years and older

Published: Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers

Noah

Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content

What it’s about: The Creator inspires Noah to build an ark and rescue the flora and fauna of Earth from a coming flood.

The kid attractor factor: A well-known Biblical tale, given special effects and co-starring Hermione from the “Harry Potter” movies and Percy Jackson from the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” movies.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “A man isn’t ruled by the heavens. A man is ruled by his will.”

Violence: Beatings, stabbings, drownings. Lots of drownings.

Language: None.

Sex: Discrete, off-camera, suggested.

Drugs: Hallucinogenic tea.

Parents’ advisory: Not a sermon, but a well-acted epic that plays like a fantastical myth, a bit dark for the very young – OK for 8-and-up.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout

What it’s about: Captain America, Black Widow and others try to figure out who or what is behind a huge threat to privacy and dissent around the world.

The kid attractor factor: Captain America and Avenger friends, battling bad guys, making wisecracks.

Good lessons / bad lessons: Freedom won’t be taken from us by force, but will be given up to those who promise “security” and “order.”

Violence: Mayhem, bullets, blood, deaths. Nothing graphic.

Language: Mild oaths, here and there.

Sex: Scarlett Johansson flirts. As she is wont to do.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: More violent than most parents would like, wholesome otherwise – OK for 8-and-up.

Cesar Chavez

Rating: PG-13 for some violence and language

What it’s about: A Mexican American migrant worker and his wife try to organize his fellow laborers into a union in the 1960s and ‘70s.

The kid attractor factor: Michael Peña, America Ferrara and Rosario Dawson are the stars of this uplifting story.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Once a social change begins, it cannot be reversed.”

Violence: Beatings, shootings.

Language: Some profanity.

Sex: None, though the Chavez family had eight kids.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: An American history lesson that will be hard for the very young to follow, 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 look-alike 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.

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