Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language.
What it’s about: Alice returns to Wonderland and must harness a time travel machine in order to save the Hatter family
The kid attractor factor: Lewis Carroll’s fantastical, nonsensical classic literature source material, the creative and colorful character design, familiarity with Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the preceding film.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Nothing is impossible; you can’t change the past but you can learn from it; everything worth doing is worth doing for others.
Violence: There are many action scenes. There’s a scene of the Hatter family attacked by the Jabberwocky and kidnapped to the Red Queen’s Castle.
Language: Written in the arch English style of Lewis Carroll, and taking place in an innocent world, there’s no graphic swearing, but some strong, threatening language from Time and other villains.
Sexuality: A reference to a marriage proposal.
Parents advisory: This has a bit too much action for young kids and toddlers, who most likely will find it too scary. But it’s appropriate for kids of other ages who can handle the thrills.
The ANGRY BIRDS Movie
Rated PG for rude humor and action.
What it’s about: A peaceful island of flightless birds is invaded by hungry piggies. The birds have to learn to fight back.
The kid attractor factor: The wildly popular mobile game, as well as the colorful animation and humor.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Embrace who you are and learn to shape your unique qualities into your strengths. The fate of the world rests on all of us. Connection and friendship are important parts of community.
Violence: Once the birds have to invade Piggy Island, slingshotting themselves into the rickety village, there’s much mayhem, destruction, and explosive blasts, but everyone picks themselves up and walks away.
Language: No inappropriate language, but a few puns and references that parents will get but will sail over the heads of most kids.
Sexuality: Some booty-centric dancing on the part of the pigs, as well as bird couples with their eggs, but other than that, none.
Parents advisory: A very cute movie with a good message that will delight kids and parents alike.