Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
What it’s about: The harrowing true story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, where eight people lost their lives to the mountain
The kid-attractor factor: Stunning visuals and a true adventure story
Good lessons/bad lessons: Don’t come back from the summit after 2 p.m.; always have backup oxygen; follow your dream, even if it is to the top of the mountain. The human spirit has amazingly deep wells of perseverance.
Violence: Many terrifying crashes, stumbles, crossings and avalanches as the mountaineers traverse the deadly landscape. Frozen dead bodies and gory frostbite.
Sexuality: Aside from a pregnancy, none
Drugs: Some base-camp boozing
Parents advisory: This is acceptable for older kids who can handle the harrowing action scenarios on the mountain.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language.
What it’s about: Teens escape medical experimentation at the hands of an evil scientific corporation in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
The kid-attractor factor: Young-adult themes based on a popular book series, popular young cast, “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien
Good lessons/bad lessons: Always stick with your friends and take care of them; freedom is the most important thing in life; adults aren’t always working in your best interest.
Violence: In addition to many action sequences, there are plenty of vicious zombies in pursuit, gun battles, tasing, grenades, snipers and more. Violence is heavy.
Language: A few swear words and rude gestures
Sexuality: A club scene relies on a sexually charged atmosphere. A sensual kiss.
Drugs: Consumption of a mysterious substance in the club leads to a bad trip.
Parents advisory: This would be OK for tweens and teens. The violence is probably too intense for most kids.