Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
What it’s about: Two young revolutionary lovers become pawns in a power game between an oppressive regime and those resisting it.
The kid attractor factor: Katniss pines for Peeta, while her backup beau Gale lingers, waiting for his chance.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “It is the things we love most that destroy us.”
Violence: Yes, nothing bloody, but “intense” is the right word for it.
Language: Cursing has been abandoned in favor of fashion and fascism in the future.
Sex: Not even close.
Drugs: Alcohol and medication are joked about.
Parents’ advisory: A relentlessly dark and brooding episode in this series – not for anybody under 10, or anyone who has not seen the earlier films.
Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content
What it’s about: A reporter returns to his Iranian homeland only to be arrested and tortured by the government there.
The kid attractor factor: Gael Garcia Bernal plays the reporter, and Jon “The Daily Show” Stewart directed this.
Good lessons/bad lessons: There are a lot of ways of torturing people, and the most harmful might be isolating them from human contact.
Violence: Beatings, shootings.
Language: “Crude references.”
Parents’ advisory: Too adult in nature for the very young, too hard to follow for pre-teens, suitable for 13-and-up.