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Reese Hartwig encounters Echo the extraterrestrial in the tweenagers-on-a-mission “Earth to Echo,” which is rated PG.

Family Watch: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

Published: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014 - 5:48 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 20, 2014 - 7:15 pm

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

Deliver Us From Evil

Rating: R for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language

What it’s about: A New York cop is troubled by seemingly random Iraq War vet incidents and crimes, all of which point to demonic possession.

The kid attractor factor: Demonic possession. Kids can’t get enough of that.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Inspired by actual events” doesn’t mean “true,” even when the person telling the story is a cop.

Violence: Graphic, gruesome, and in large quantities

Language: Cops have been known to curse, especially in the presence of demons.

Sex: None

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Less PG-13 than most recent exorcism movies, take this R-rating seriously. Too disturbing for impressionable children under 13.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language

What it’s about: Apes and humans stare each other down, on the brink of war, after the collapse of (human) civilization.

The kid attractor factor: Talking, joking, fighting apes

Good lessons / bad lessons: “Ape not kill ape.” And evolution happens.

Violence: Quite a lot, savage and sometimes bloody

Language: Some profanity, a single f-bomb

Sex: An ape childbirth scene, a few hugs

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed, with dire consequences.

Parents’ advisory: Action-packed sci-fi whose violence rules out the very young. OK for 10-and-up.

Earth To Echo

Rating: PG for some action and peril, and mild language

What it’s about: Tweenage pals find an alien in their Nevada subdivision, and vow to help him phone, get home.

The kid attractor factor: Smart, tech savvy and sassy kids, a very cute alien.

Good lessons / bad lessons: “If you’re best friends, then you always will be.”

Violence: A smidge

Language: Scattered moments of mild, age-appropriate profanity

Sex: Boys flirting with the class cutie, in an age-appropriate chaste way

Drugs: The kids visit a bar, but do not imbibe.

Parents’ advisory: It’s “E.T.” as seen through a “Blair Witch” shaky-cam, suitable for all ages.

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