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.
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.