Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers.
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: G, suitable for all audiences
What it’s about: The birds of the Amazon and their human friends try to stop illegal logging to save habitat that the macaws and parrots need to survive.
The kid attractor factor: Joking, singing and dancing birds
Good lessons / bad lessons: “A happy wife means a happy life!”
Violence: Bird brawls, attempted poisoning, and a jaw-dropping suicide joke
Language: Well, the odd poop and fart joke
Sex: A little flirtation, an exchanged love song or two
Parents’ advisory: Suitable for all ages, though this one aims at a younger, 6-and-under crowd, in spite of the suicide joke.
Rating: PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references
What it’s about: The front office of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns struggles to decide who to draft with their first pick.
The kid attractor factor: It’s the NFL. Even kids are into the NFL, right?
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Every battle is won before it is fought.”
Violence: None, which considering the game this is about, is saying something.
Language: Pro football folks have been known to cuss.
Sex: An office romance, and what often results from such romances
Parents’ advisory: A sports dramedy that’s very “inside football.” Pre-teens who aren’t preciously deep into the sport will find it hard to follow. Suitable for 14-and-up.
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