Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
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.
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.
Parents’ advisory: More violent than most parents would like, wholesome otherwise – OK for 8-and-up.
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.
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.