Family Watch: Special effects star in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ ‘Into the Storm’

08/07/2014 4:00 PM

09/01/2014 11:41 PM

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence

What it’s about: New York is menaced by the Foot Clan, with only these mysterious hard-shelled smart-aleck vigilantes to stop them.

The kid attractor factor: The Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise is reborn.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “As long as you are true to yourself, your father will be proud.”

Violence: Quite a bit of it, with a little blood, a lot of guns and knives and a high body count.

Language: A few mild profanities.

Sex: Megan Fox, in close-up.

Drugs: Serums and formulas and such.

Parents’ advisory: The effects, especially the sound, amp up the violence for this reboot of the Turtles franchise – but the fantasy element makes it OK for 8 and up.

Into the Storm

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references

What it’s about: Storm chasers converge on an Oklahoma town where tornadoes menace a high school graduation ceremony.

The kid attractor factor: Spectacular, scary effects, teens in peril.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Storm chasing is dangerous business, for professionals only.

Violence: Yes, nature kills people.

Language: A profane word, here and there.

Sex: The barest hint of teen flirting.

Drugs: Beer-swilling rednecks.

Parents’ advisory: Entirely too intense for the very young, but OK for 8-and-up.

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