Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Rating: PG for thematic material and smoking
What it’s about: Twins separated at birth feel the call to invent rock and roll.
The kid attractor factor: Kids want to learn about rockabilly and Elvis, right?
Good lessons/bad lessons: “The worst mistakes we make are decisions made in haste.”
Violence: A cop throws an unjustified sucker punch.
Language: Disney clean.
Sex: Barely a hint.
Drugs: Alcohol is abused.
Parents’ advisory: A thinly veiled and sanitized rewrite of the Elvis myth, inoffensive and suitable for all ages.
The November Man
Rating: R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use
What it’s about: Retired spy is brought back into the game where he battles his trigger-happy protégé in trying to protect a woman from assassination.
The kid attractor factor: Olga Kurylenko, Luke “G.I. Joe” Bracey, car chases, shootouts and spy games.
Good lessons/bad lessons: For spies, “You feel the need for a relationship, get a dog.”
Violence: Lots and lots.
Language: Some profanity, not a lot.
Sex: Explicit, violent.
Parents’ advisory: Harder-edged than a James Bond thriller, quite violent. OK for 14-and-up.
As Above, So Below
Rating: R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout
What it’s about: A single-minded young archaeologist leads a team into the catacombs of Paris in search of an ancient Philosopher’s Stone.
The kid attractor factor: Scary stuff in the dark, frights, a puzzle, magic and the supernatural.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Some quests are “the path to madness.”
Violence: Bites and burials by rock slide, some of it a bit bloody.
Language: Scattered blasts of profanity.
Sex: Cultish nudity.
Drugs: None at all.
Parents’ advisory: Not the gruesomest R-rated horror movie ever, heavy with plot and back story. OK for 13-and-up.
Get On Up
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations
What it’s about: James Brown’s musical gifts, business savvy and unpleasant personal demons are documented in this musical biography.
The kid attractor factor: If you listen to music, you’re listening to the influence of James Brown.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Walk in the jungle, sometimes you get bit by a snake.”
Violence: Child abuse, domestic abuse, a prison brawl, clumsy gunplay.
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Flirted with, nothing explicit.
Drugs: Yes, some abuse.
Parents’ advisory: Kids need to learn the funk – suitable for 12-and-up.