Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
The Lazarus Effect
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references
What it’s about: Scientists come up with a serum that can bring the recently deceased back to life.
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The kid attractor factor: Kids love the undead, even when they’re not brain-eating zombies or vampires. Or do they?
Good lessons/bad lessons: “There are always consequences for breaking the rules.”
Violence: Yes, people are creatively killed off.
Language: Not all that profane, considering they’re raising the dead.
Sex: Not really, considering Olivia Wilde is present and occasionally scantily dressed.
Parents’ advisory: Not the roughest horror movie out there. OK for 10-and-up.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Rating: PG for some language and suggestive comments
What it’s about: Elderly Brits, joined by an American, adjust to retirements that have more of a future to them, now that they’re living in India.
The kid attractor factor: Take Grandma and Grandad to it, it’ll make them happy.
Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s never too late to start a new chapter in life.
Language: A little profanity
Sex: Suggested, winked about
Drugs: Heavens no
Parents’ advisory: Clean, but not a lot here for younger children. Best appreciated by 15-and-up.