Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
The Quiet Ones
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, sexual content, thematic material, language and smoking throughout
What it’s about: An Oxford researcher and his apostles try to “cure” a young woman of demonic possession in 1970s Britain.
The kid attractor factor: Science vs. Satanic skullduggery, demonic violence, all filmed in the name of “research”
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Life is either doing (scientific advances) or doing nothing.”
Violence: Yes, supernatural mayhem
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Nudity, seductions
Drugs: Everybody smoked back then.
Parents’ advisory: Fairly tame for a horror movie, suitable for 12-and-up, so long as they’re horror fans
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence
What it’s about: The web-slinger is just starting to enjoy his work and his notoriety when high school graduation happens and everything changes.
The kid attractor factor: Spider-Man, whistling that “Spider-Man” tune, swinging through Manhattan. And Emma Stone.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Change is not just a slogan.” “Progress has its stepping stones.”
Violence: Shootings, torture, car crashes, a few deaths
Language: Quite clean
Sex: Rather chaste, a stolen kiss
Parents’ advisory: Pretty violent for a comic book movie, but OK for 10-and-up.
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
What it’s about: Anti-tech terrorists kill a computer scientist, but before he dies, his wife and best friend park his personality/essence and soul into computer memory.
The kid attractor factor: Captain Jack Sparrow tries his hand at playing “brilliant,” becoming the ghost in the machine.
Good lessons / bad lessons: Maybe interconnecting everybody and everything and putting your whole life up online isn’t such a great idea.
Violence: Yes – bombings, shootings
Language: A smidgen of profanity
Sex: Nothing worth reporting on
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents’ advisory: Pretty tame for a sci-fi thriller. OK for 10-and-up.