Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril
What it’s about: A popular theme park has its murderous new attraction bust out and start eating the guests. Again.
The kid attractor factor: Dinosaurs running amok, faced by that “Guardian of the Galaxy” Chris Pratt.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Life is the acceptance that you are never actually in control.” “A promise tomorrow is a lot less than trying today.”
Violence: Graphic, gruesome and disturbing death-by-dinosaurs.
Language: Scattered bits of profanity.
Sex: Flirtation, a kiss or two.
Parents’ advisory: More violent than the “Jurassic Park” movies, quite violent for a kids’ film – take the rating seriously, OK for 13 and up.
Rating: R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity
What it’s about: A CIA office worker is sent to Europe, into “the field,” to foil the sale of a nuclear bomb.
The kid attractor factor: Melissa McCarthy, in action and out of her depth.
Good lessons/bad lessons: It’s not “Well-behaved women often make history,” it’s “Well-behaved women SELDOM make history.”
Violence: Deaths, gun play, knife-fights.
Language: Turns quite potty-mouthed in the third act.
Sex: Nudity, comical groping.
Parents’ advisory: Too violent and profane for the very young, OK for 15-and-up.
Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language
What it’s about: An air rescue pilot, his family and a scientist and his team experience “the Big One” in California.
The kid attractor factor: The most convincing earthquake ever put on screen, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson trying to survive it.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Pay attention during earthquake drills, listen to scientists when they warn you about coming disaster, and “always have a plan B.”
Violence: Entirely geological and architectural, and lots of it, with a high body count.
Language: Scattered profane reactions to the worst nature can throw at us.
Sex: A little flirtation.
Parents’ advisory: State of the art movie mass destruction, probably too intense for the very young. OK for 8-and-up.