Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and some action
What it’s about: Her inner emotions try to generate happiness in the life of an 11-year-old girl.
The kid attractor factor: Pixar.
Never miss a local story.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Crying helps you “slow down and obsess over life’s problems.” And without sadness, there is no happiness.
Violence: Childhood memories fade away.
Language: One “curse word” is promised, never delivered.
Sex: Puberty is joked about.
Parents’ advisory: Deeper and more cerebral and emotional than normal Pixar pictures, more suitable for 8-and-up.
Rating: R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence-all involving teens
What it’s about: A smart, nerdy working-class African American kid struggles to break the stereotype of how kids from his background turn out.
The kid attractor factor: Teenagers behaving badly, swearing, foiling thugs and befriending drug dealers.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “You always have a choice. Take responsibility for the choices you make.”
Violence: Shootings, beatings, blood.
Language: Hard-edged profanity.
Sex: Nudity, crude come-ons, sexual situations.
Drugs: Pills, powder and alcohol, consumed by teens.
Parents’ advisory: Hot ticket in the teen community or not, this one is entirely too rough and tempting to imitate for younger kids – take the R-rating (17-and-up) seriously.
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.